Breaking the Stigma: Norwegian Public Figures Speak Up About Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s
Public Figures Shed Light on Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s
Two notable figures in Norway, Ivar Dyrhaug, a 74-year-old former host of the Norwegian TV show “Beat for Beat”, and Ingebrigt Steen Jensen, a 68-year-old advertising executive, have taken an admirable step forward to combat the stigma associated with diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Dyrhaug, who disclosed his Parkinson’s diagnosis in 2022, five years after receiving it, emphasizes the importance of candid discussions around such diseases, arguing that the associated shame often leads to a poorer quality of life for patients. Steen Jensen, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, echoes the same sentiment, underscoring the urgency to annul the shame attached to these diseases.
Understanding Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s
As per the Felleskatalogen, the Norwegian pharmaceutical product compendium, Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder characterized by motor symptoms such as slow movements, muscle stiffness, and shaking. These symptoms can eventually lead to problems with walking and balance. Alzheimer’s, on the other hand, is the most common type of dementia. These diseases can significantly impact the lives of patients, affecting their physical abilities, cognitive functions, and emotional wellbeing.
The Impact of Stigma
Dyrhaug believes that the stigma surrounding Parkinson’s often prevents those affected from fully enjoying life and making the most of their existence. The shame associated with the diagnosis can lead to self-isolation, reduced social interaction, and a decline in mental health. The same can be said for Alzheimer’s, where patients may find themselves shying away from social situations due to fear of judgement or embarrassment.
A Call for Openness
Both Dyrhaug and Steen Jensen are advocates for open conversations about these diseases. They firmly believe that by speaking out about their own experiences and encouraging others to do the same, they can help break down the barriers of stigma. The two will discuss their respective diagnoses at the Senior Conference at Asker Culture House on October 9th, with the hope of raising awareness and promoting understanding of these diseases.
Stigma in Elite Athletes
Stigma is not only a concern in the realm of diseases such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s but also extends to mental health issues in elite athletes. According to a summary of available evidence published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, stigma is the main reason why elite athletes suffering from mental health issues do not seek the help they need. Misunderstanding of mental illness, busy schedules, and gender stereotyping also contribute to this issue. This further highlights the importance of de-stigmatizing health issues, both physical and mental, across all sectors of society.
Moving Forward: Combating Stigma
The brave stance taken by Dyrhaug and Steen Jensen exemplifies the power of open conversations and the importance of public figures in breaking down barriers of stigma. Their efforts, along with those of many others globally, serve as important steps towards a society where diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, along with mental health issues, are understood, accepted, and discussed without shame or judgement.
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Leslie Bartnicki· 2 months ago
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