July 30, 2015

Get your aging attitude adjusted: Public is invited
Serving Our Seniors
JUL 29, 2015

You may have heard it said that “Aging Ain’t for Sissies.” So it is with Parkinson’s Disease. Parkinson’s Disease does not affect only people of “older age.” According to WEB MD, “most Parkinson’s occur after age 50, however the illness does occur in people between 30 and 50.”

Later life is hard enough… being told that you will have to live with a chronic illness, as you age, can be all the reason one may need to: “throw-in-the-towel,” expect less from yourself, adopt a “why bother” attitude, or worse – give up completely.

If I have just described you, or someone you know, mark your calendar for 3 p.m Aug. 6, at Firelands Regional Medical Center South Campus, 1912 Hayes Ave., Sandusky. It is there that you will receive a FREE attitude adjustment – by motivational speaker and Parkinson’s patient, John Bauman. This is brought to you, compliments of the Erie County Parkinson’s Support Group and the Zion Lutheran Church Foundation Board.

John Baumann is an attorney, author, and motivational speaker who has had Parkinson’s Disease since he was in his 30s. He will inspire you as he explains how how he embraced adversity as opposed to letting adversity embrace him.

Parkinson’s Disease affects the nervous system. It causes tremors, the muscles become rigid, slow to move, balance becomes impaired and over time speech can become slurred. Despite all of this, he is a real shot in-the-arm to any and all who have heard him speak. You don’t have to have Parkinson’s Disease to leave feeling inspired. He talks about choosing to live an amazing life with Parkinson’s Disease – or any other life-changing experience that is confronting you.

The reason John’s message should be of interest to people ages 60 and older is two-fold:
1. The longer one lives the higher the risk of acquiring a chronic or debilitating illness.
2. Research studies have found to “age successfully” requires older adults to continually engage with life and participate in personal growth opportunities. Listening to John Bauman is a life-engaging and a personal growth experience.

To reserve your seat call Sandy Bodi-Hultz at 419-609-9400 before Aug. 6.


What a wonderful presentation, John! You were wonderful and I am so grateful you shared your story. We were receiving excellent feedback in the chat too:

That was fantastic information, thank you for your candor and humor! Awesome 🤩 talk and info ! Thanks much. It’s hard, thanks for sharing. Thank you for sharing your story and for your positive attitude. It’s important to hear this message. This was just what I needed. Thank you so much. you are an inspiration, thank you!

As we stated, we hit 100 participants at 3:09!

Thank you again,

Eden Feldman, LCSW Associate Director, Community

I do not have the words to thank you enough for making the trip to Dallas to do two presentations for us at CC young. You truly are special and a rockstar and clearly touched many lives today. It is a victory! I was able to run all over campus and welcome guests and host you. It was a victory. Thanks to you for helping me think that way. We will catch you on the next round. Get some rest my friend. Safe travels. And know we love you from CC Young and Dallas!

Patty CC Young and Dallas

“After two years of not being able to hear speakers in person , I was thrilled to have John Bauman as a speaker at our “ Living Well With Parkinson’s’ Gala!. Not only was John engaging and inspiring to get to know off stage , on stage he truly drove home the theme of empowerment to our audience and left our growing community of attendees with several “ aha “ moments and desire to hear more. He spoke from personal experience as a Parkinson’s patient ,inspiring the audiences motivation to truly wish to make a difference and uniting us all in our humanity. Attendees after listening to John , felt inspired to make a difference in the world and do their part to create change for those living with Parkinson’s. My only regret was not being able to spend more time with John and I look forward to having him speak again to our audience.”

Naomi Wong WPP Program Manager

John’s message of hope, inspiration and laughter was ideal for anyone living with PD. He was extremely flexible and a delight to work with.

Leisha Phipps, MSW Program Director - Dallas Area Parkinson Society

We all felt inspired and enjoyed listening to your presentation. Even though we are not living with Parkinson’s, we felt boost of motivation to continue helping those who are living with this disease. I am motivated to make more personal phone calls to people living with PD and asking how they are doing. Sometimes that “extra” bit of kindness truly makes a difference to someone. I am also motivated to research program ideas and partner with other organizations that may have similar values.

I learned that life is unexpected and that you cannot control it. What matters is your attitude!

-Great way to end the day, brave man, thank you very much!

-Good, excellent, great, outstanding speaker, very moving!

-Inspirational who just “gets it”

-Positive thinker and very funny!

-Honest speaker but also humorous!

Parkinson’s Society of Southwest Ontario, Canada, Symposium Keynote Presentation

“whatever hand life deals you, whatever life changing adversity you have to endure, you still have some control over it.” “You don’t have to just to live well,” he advises,” but live an Amazing Life.” The formula he proposes: Faith in yourself, discipline, determination, desire, intensity, and inner strength.


Yes, you touched every person at our conference, who will in turn change and impact so many others. The feedback from our participants was overwhelmingly positive. You are the only speaker to ever receive a standing ovation. Thank you for taking time to share, motivate and inspire. We are blessed to know you.


I will be honest. During the first 10 minutes of your presentation, I started reading work related material on my laptop. For surely, I had watched your You-Tube and seen your videos and knew what to expect. Surely, as a therapist I had studied this disease, the pathological components, the psychological components, the treatment alternatives……..Surely, I understand it.

Not so much. You caught my attention and I was enthralled. You were able to couple the impairments you experience with the emotions felt. You walked us through your life with the disease through “your eyes”. A perspective that a therapist/nurse rarely has the chance to hear. We get so busy telling patients how to deal with x, y and z, but our eyes are blurred by the science of it all most of the time.

You did it through truth, Through your humor, humility and determination to tell your story. One that most deservedly needs to be shared.

I will advocate to have you share your story. I appreciate your determination, diligence and dedication.