1) Former Time Warner Chairman Jerry Levin Comes out of the Parkinson's Closet
In an interview last week with Deadline Hollywood, Levin disclosed for the first time that he has Parkinson’s disease. He was diagnosed eight years ago.
Basically the reason I really wanted to start talking about it now was, to raise awareness and understanding that there may be a million souls in the U.S. who have Parkinson’s, but there are probably many more who are undiagnosed. There is a lack of research and actually a relative lack of practitioners who are versed in Parkinson’s. Probably one quarter of those who have Parkinson’s are being treated by a specialist. The rest are not. For me, it’s not a question of philanthropy, it’s really a question of awareness. That’s why I think what Robin represents is so critical.
We see the effects of addiction, we know what clinical depression means, but when you put it together with this debilitating disorder that slowly takes away your ability to function and to express . . . and we haven’t even covered the autonomic impact on your ability to sleep or your ability to swallow. Once the diagnosis is given, there is an enormous psychological shift and you tend to view the world from that prism. It is so hard to distinguish what’s normal anymore, what’s Parkinsonian.