Michael Kinsley is a noted journalist who suffers from Parkinson’s Disease.

In a recent interview by Emily Gurnon of Next Avenue, Kinsley discusses his latest book, Old Age: A Beginner’s Guide, where he describes his struggles with this degenerative disease.

He indicates that one of his greatest fears as a journalist was the potential loss of his cognitive abilities. A series of cognitive assessments showed that he had some low scores.

One aspect of PD is an affliction called Lewey Body Dementia (LBD). The physical manifestations of PD, such as shaking and a shuffling gait, may be difficult depending on the degree of severity, but LBD robs the patient of his mind. Many people believe LBD is what led to Robin Williams’s decision to take his own life.

As vice chair of the Parkinson’s Foundation of the National Capitol Area (PFNCA), I have encountered many PD sufferers including my own mother. Fortunately, she did not suffer from LBD, but I have known several individuals with both PD and LBD.

Kinsley should be commended for sharing his experiences with Parkinson’s and his fears for the future. Hopefully, it will help others who are facing the uncertainties presented by this disease.

Often the financial issues surrounding PD get overlooked, especially in the early stages of the disease. It’s important to pay close attention and make sure you have a plan to provide for both the person with PD and the caregiver(s).

If you or someone you know has a chronic illness, we can help you be sure you’re prepared for the financial difficulties that could arise. For more information, contact McLean today.


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