Jesse Jackson Diagnosed With Parkinson’s Disease
Rev. Jesse Jackson has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a neurological disorder with no cure, Parkinson’s can cause tremors, stiffness and difficulty balancing, walking and coordinating movement. The 76-year-old civil rights activist said in a statement,
My family and I began to notice changes about three years ago. After a battery of tests, my physicians identified the issue as Parkinson’s disease, a disease that bested my father.
Jackson added that
recognition of the effects of this disease on me has been painful.
He also said he sees his diagnosis as
a signal that I must make lifestyle changes and dedicate myself to physical therapy in hopes of slowing the disease’s progression.
Parkinson’s often starts with a small tremor in the hand or muscle stiffness and progresses over time. Usually, symptoms are worse on one side of the body. The obvious physical symptoms are the reason it is sometimes referred to as a “movement disorder,” yet other signs are also common.