Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson announced on Friday that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Jackson, 76, says that he began feeling the effects of the ailment about three years ago, and was then diagnosed with the disease. He has been treated as an outpatient since.
Jackson described the diagnosis as “a signal that I must make lifestyle changes and dedicate myself to physical therapy in hopes of slowing the disease’s progression.”
“It is an opportunity for me to use my voice to help in finding a cure for a disease that afflicts 7 to 10 million worldwide,” he said. “Some 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s every year.” (source) 4:49 p.m. ET November 17, 2017