Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan, the third-winningest coach in NBA history, has Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia.
Parkinson’s, the same disease that has afflicted boxing great Muhammad Ali and actor Michael J. Fox, is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects both speech and movements and worsens over time. There is no known cure, but symptoms can be controlled by medication.
Lewy body dementia mirrors some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s but also causes a progressive decline in mental abilities.
Sloan, who still lives in Utah with his wife, Tammy, said he was diagnosed last fall but was going public now because his symptoms, including tremors and a hushed voice, have become more noticeable.
“I don’t want people feeling sorry for me,” Sloan, 74, told The Salt Lake City Tribune, adding that he still walks 4 miles a day.
This comes on top of recent reports that actor Michael J Fox’s Parkinson’s is getting worse and he may be in early stage of Lewy body dementia as well.
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