Discoveries Magazine

Cedars-Sinai

brain

On Top of Their Game

Parkinson’s disease notoriously robs the body of its ability to move. Some patients can no longer walk, and many feel ‘frozen’ in their bodies. The five men and women portrayed in these pages slowed the excruciating creep of the disease in the most challenging way possible: They decided to move more — and with more determination — than ever before.

The Boxer: Vince Hendrickson

Like Clark Kent removing his glasses, Vince Hendrickson just makes one small wardrobe change to summon hidden strength. Twice a week, he pulls on bright-red boxing gloves to push through Parkinson’s symptoms and complete demanding workouts at a Los Angeles boxing gym. He hammers the punching bag with such tenacity that his coach calls him “Bulldog.”

Baby’s First Map

The infant brain is famously pliable, an organ of explosive growth and unparalleled adaptability. But this period of rapid development comes with a large dose of vulnerability.

The Dancer: Linda Berghoff

Ballet. Jazz. Tap. Hip-hop. Linda Berghoff does it all — with grace and gratitude. She defies and resists her Parkinson’s diagnosis with elegant arabesques or Bob Fosse–style routines.

The Runner: Bobbie Poledouris

Bobbie Poledouris is always eager for the next leg in life’s marathon. For the past decade, medication has enabled this youthful grandmother to stay nearly symptom-free from Parkinson’s. Refusing to let the disease slow her down, she runs faster and farther than she did before her diagnosis.

The Tennis Player: Bernie LeSage

Self-taught tennis player Bernie LeSage has made a comeback on the national tournament circuit despite Parkinson’s disease.

The Skier: Adi Erber

Despite having Parkinson’s disease, veteran skier Adi Erber still coaches several days a week during ski season and goes to the gym six days a week year-round.

Memory Lane

How do we store memories? Recently, investigators at Cedars-Sinai made a surprising discovery about short-term memory, which is the ability to maintain ideas, thoughts, images, and objects for seconds or minutes.