Ted Turner, the American media mogul finest referred to as the founding father of TBS (Turner Broadcasting System) and Cable Information Community (CNN), has revealed that he’s battling a illness referred to as Lewy physique dementia, the identical type of dementia that actor Robin Williams suffered from in the previous couple of years of his life, which led him to commit suicide in 2014.
Turner made the stunning revelation in an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, which aired final evening (Solar, Sep. 30). The 79-year-old in contrast his case to a “gentle case of Alzheimer’s … however not almost as unhealthy.” He added, “Alzheimer’s is deadly. Thank goodness I don’t have that.”
In line with the web site for the Lewy Body Dementia Affiliation, LBD impacts a minimum of 1.5 million People. The illness is described as a progressive neurological dysfunction that impacts an individual’s reminiscence and cognition (particularly determination making), in addition to their temper, conduct and steadiness. It’s usually misdiagnosed with Parkinson’s, as Williams’ case was, or bipolar dysfunction, like Turner’s was.
Sadly, there isn’t a definitive take a look at for LDB. Docs arrive on the analysis through the use of a affected person’s imaging scans, a bodily examination, their medical historical past and blood work. As soon as recognized, circumstances are usually managed by neurologists, who might also refer sufferers to cognitive specialists and psychologists to assist handle the psychological signs.
Throughout his interview with Ted Koppel, Turner displayed a number of the reminiscence issues related to LBD as he struggled to recollect the title of his dysfunction.
“I additionally have gotten … let’s … I can’t bear in mind the title of it…” he mentioned earlier than out of the blue recalling what he was making an attempt to say. “That’s dementia. I can’t bear in mind what my illness is,” he mentioned, laughing. Turner mentioned LBD leaves him “drained” and “exhausted,” and mentioned that the opposite symptom that bothers him essentially the most is “forgetfulness.”
Turner mentioned his father dedicated suicide at 53 years outdated and left him a be aware apologizing for what he’d finished. “He simply mentioned he was sorry,” Turner defined to Koppel. “That he received in … he felt like he was in over his head, however he wasn’t. He simply apologized. Unhappy. I liked him very a lot, and he was a hero of mine.”
Requested if he would ever take into account suicide, Turner mentioned “No … I’ve received 5 youngsters and 14 grandchildren, and I wouldn’t put them via that. That was painful. It was painful for me, I do know, when my father did it. And I’m not going to even take into consideration doing something like that for my youngsters and grandchildren.”
Turner was additionally requested about his ideas on how issues are being run at CNN. Whereas he doesn’t watch the information as a lot anymore, Turner did have an opinion on how the corporate he based almost 4 many years in the past in 1980 is being operated.
“I believe they’re sticking with politics a bit of an excessive amount of,” he mentioned. “They’d do higher to have a extra balanced agenda. However that’s, you already know, only one individual’s opinion.”