PARKINSON’S: Advice and specialist support is mandatory

FRANK MORRIS

FOLLOW THE PARKINSON’S LAW.

TAKE PARKINSON’S MEDICATION ON TIME, EVERY TIME!

PEOPLE WITH PARKINSON’S SOMETIMES LEAD NORMAL REWARDING LIVES.

A study in Australia recently discovered that Parkinson’s is rapidly growing. Official figures show that 37 new cases are diagnosed “every day”, with three of those in people under 40.

It’s believed by Parkinson’s that approximately four people per 1000 – roughly 80,000 --- are living with Parkinson’s disease.

“With this incidence increasing to one in l00 over the age of 60,” says Jo-Anne Reeves, CEO of Parkinson’s NSW.

Throughout the world, more the 5 million people have Parkinson’s.

Early Onset Parkinson’s is when the symptoms of the disease appear before the age of 40. (See above).

Parkinson’s is a “progressive” neuroglial disorder that results from a loss in the brain of the chemical “messenger” called dopamine.

And therein, say medicos, lies the “basic fault” of Parkinson’s disease: with the basal ganglia – the part of the nervous system that sits in the centre of the brain and the cells that coordinates movement – the cells that produce dopamine “die off”.

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This will, eventually, cause difficulties in initiation of and control of physical action: walking, talking, swallowing and writing.

Other “early symptoms” can include mild depression, restlessness and sometimes a softer voice, says Reeves.
Reeves says, “Two of the most important considerations are medications and regular exercise.

“And here something which cannot stressed enough: It is essential the medication be properly prescribed, monitored and regularly assessed as to its effectiveness in controlling prevailing symptoms.”

Like most medical conditions, Parkinson’s does not discriminate. It is equally common in men and women from all walks of life. For instance, my friend has Parkinson’s and so does the actor, Michael J. Fox, the star of the wonderful Back to the Future series.

They both have it in varying stages of the disease.

SOURCE: Chart and comment from SMH; Study: Does it affect all people? A feature on Parkinson’s for Best Years newsletter, and syndicated.


The Great War Tribute:  HMAS Australia steamed into Sydney Harbour

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

A CREDIT: “LIKE THE NATION IT SERVES, THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY IS STILL YOUNG.” WROTE PETER SMARK. “IT’S SURVIVED TO MOULD ITSELF INTO ONE OF THE FINEST, BEST-TRAINED NAVIES OF ITS SIZE IN THE WORLD.” THE PAINTING, AT TOP, SHOWS THE BATTLE-CRUISER HMAS AUSTRALIA LEADING THE AUSSIE FLEET INTO SYDNEY HARBOUR ON OCTOBER 4, 1913. SOURCE: 75 YEARS GUIDE, A TRIBUTE TO THE RAN, A SUN-HERALD FEATURE 1986.

THE FIRST CRUISER IS A MEMORABLE EVENT TO THE ADVENT OF THE AUSTRALIAN FLEET, SAID THE PRIME MINISTER, SIR JOSEPH COOK.

The dreadnought battle cruiser HMAS Australia, the nation’s first flag ship, stole the show as it steamed into Sydney Harbour. - Ahead were a squadron of ships which comprised the newly-found Australian Fleet. For this historic occasion, the day was perfect.

It was October 4, 1913.

With HMAS Australia, came the light cruisers Melbourne, Sydney and Encounter – on loan from the Admiralty pending the completion of the Brisbane – and the torpedo destroyers Warrego, Parramatta and Yarra.

Thousands of people line the cliffs and along the shores of Port Jackson watching this fulfilment of many years of hopes, dreams and endeavour.

“Since Captain Cook’s arrival, no more memorable event has happened than the advent of the Australian Fleet,” the Prime Minister, Sir Joseph Cook said.

BUT IT WAS AGREED

In 1909, Britain became alarmed by the rapid growth of German naval power. The Admiralty requested Parliament to take exceptional measures to secure the safety of the Empire. An Imperial Conference met in London on July 28, 1909.

The Conference led to Australia and Canada forming independent navies, over which they exercised full control. But

it was agreed that they should operate as an integral part of the Royal Navy in time of war.

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ON ITS WAY …
DO YOU KNOW? Doctor changes it to Parkinson’s disease. In 1817, he called it Shaking Palsy. Then changes it to Parkinson’s. Next.

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In discussions, it was recommended that the whole system of Pacific Ocean defence should be remodelled by the creation of three Fleet Units: one on the Australian Station, one on the East Indies Station and the one on the China Station.

HMAS Australia was built at Clydebank and launched on October 25, 1911. She weight 18,800 tons and cost $3,700,000 and could attain a speed of 26 knots, and had convey off about 800 crewmembers. Her length was 590 feet overall, beam 80 feet and mean draught 26.5 feet.

The original armament were eight 12-inch, sixteen 4-inch guns, and two 21-inch torpedo tubes. Her armour belt was 6-inch amidships and 4-inch at the ends.

PRETTY SIGHT

The presence of HMAS Australia and her squadron put the nation’s mind at ease. In those times of mounting international tension and, especially when World War 1 was breathing down our necks, the Australia Fleet arrival was a pretty sight.

HMAS Australia escorted several expeditions which annexed German inlands and patrolled the Western Pacific. In early 1915 she went to European waters where she sank a German auxiliary – a German East African liner – and captured 100 prisoners, including many Negroes.

When she joined the British Fleet, HMAS Australia was honoured with the position of flagship of the second battle cruiser squadron. She never saw the thick of action. She missed taking part in the Battle of Jutland , off the mainland of Denmark, which took place on May 31, 1916, because at the time she was in dock for repairs of collision damage.

SOURCE: Adapted by Frank Morris from Historical Firsts produced by Tucker & Company, Sydney.


The Great War Tribute: What happened to the HMAS Australia?

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

IN 1924, THE BATTLESHIP HMAS AUSTRALIA WAS SUNK OFF SYDNEY HEAD.

HMAS Australia returned to Sydney in 1919. She was to await her fate from obsolescence. Under a world disarmament agreement she was sold for $6000 to be dismantled, and sunk off Sydney Heads in 1924.

This was a sentimental occasion which prompted many people to pile wreaths on Man-o’-War Steps, Farm Cove.

A naval party of 15 petty officers and stokers with long service in the battle cruiser accompanied her to her final place of sinking.

Patsy Adam-Smith, who wrote several books and articles on the ANZACS, said: “My mother told me of the end of HMAS Australia. It was April 12, 1924. We’d read about it in the papers. Under the terms of the Washington Treaty the nations were to disarm.”

I WAS PROUD – THE SHIP GOES DOWN

My father, Albert Smith told me, ‘Of course we were proud that HMAS Australia was flagship of the Second Battle-cruiser Squadron but I can’t recall any of us admitting it.’

As her mother, Adam-Smith continued: “This day they towed the HMAS Australia out through Sydney Heads and sank her. Your father didn’t say anything. I don’t know what he thought. We all thought it was awfully sad.

“Even though I hadn’t known him during the war I was proud of the HMAS Australia like everyone else. But he said nothing.”

SOURCE: Patsy Adam-Smith’s THE ANZACS, Thomas Nelson, 1978.


The Great War Tribute: Some amazing war-like scene. But are they true?

FRANK MORRIS

THE GERMAN BIPLANE IS SPOTTED NOSE-DIVING TOWARDS EARTH.

At a height of 600 feet in the air, the biplane, with flames pouring from the fuselage, appeared to out control. Suddenly, the shocked pilot was tipped out was seen spearing towards mother earth. 

This was a World War 1 photograph which showed a dogfight between a German and British aircraft; the British pilot appeared to let his plane twist and turn in the last phase of avoiding a stunning mid-air collision.

Were these incidents true or false?

According to the journalist who wrote the story, they were “audacious publishing hoaxes.” The journalist said “the pictures had been sold to a publisher for the equivalent of $20,000, a considerable sum in 1933.”

DEFINITIVELY DEBUNKED

The journalist said: “Gladys Cockburn-Lange claimed to be the widow of the British pilot who had taken the photographs.”

It turned out that in 1984 they were “definitively debunked” by the Smithsonian Institutes in Washington. Archivists there realised that Cockburn-Lange was none other than Betty Archer “wife of Wesley David Archer, a model maker in the film industry.”

The journalist said “he had painstakingly made models of all the aircraft and superimposed them on aerial backgrounds.”

Below: Hoax or not? The British does some fancy flying in an effort to avoid a remarkable air collision.

SOURCE: Idea from Sun-Herald newspaper, 2013.


THE QUEEN: Meeting 11 presidents of the Unite States

The Queen, with the demure look she often acquired after she hears a story she cannot impart to anyone else, tells President Jimmy Carter “Oh, Mr President, that’s pleases me terribly.” 

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ON THE WAY …
KJELD KRISTIANSEN: Master builder and his Wall of Lego. Today you’ve got mini-cities, Marvel Men and much more. Starts June.

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Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 02 May 19

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