"I don't know if I'm always concious that I have it. There are times when I'm engaged in conversation or I'm just in my life... I'm not obsessed with the disease. It's not in charge. It's there, but it's just kind of like a partner that I have."
So says Gary Vallat of his Parkinson's disease in the film Present Moment.
The feature is from Reel Witness, the company of Gary's daughter Aimie Vallat and her filmmaking partner Noah Dassel. Their website describes the project as "documenting a family negotiating the realities of a longterm, degenerative illness. The film is a celebration of living life well — despite whatever health challenges one might face. Our protagonist's wisdom, honesty and courage inspires the viewer while reminding them of their own innate resiliency."
Gary will discuss his approach to negotiating his reality — meditation, singing, poetry — in our May 21 webinar on complementary and alternative approaches to managing Parkinson's disease. Our experts will discuss these methods as well as diet and nutritional supplements.