For Immediate Release
Contact: Jerry Bloom
At the age of 63, Robin Williams seemingly had many years left in his life to continue to touch people, entertain, advocate for those who are less fortunate and certainly be the actor/comedian that we all had grown to appreciate. However, Williams was found dead in his Northern California home this week, apparently from suicide.
Williams’ widow, Susan Schneider, issued a written statement on Thursday saying her husband, who had struggled with addiction in the past, was clean and sober at the time of his death, but was battling depression and the early stages of Parkinson disease on Monday.
Robin Williams’ death brings to light, one of the lesser known facts about Parkinson’s disease and how it affects both the body and mind, and what someone could be experiencing in the early stages of the disease. Depression can happen to anyone at any time, but with the debilitating symptoms of PD, it can become an overwhelming struggle, that can have tragic consequences.
Locally, the Parkinson Support Center can provide the newly diagnosed PD patient with a place to begin the battle against this devastating and incurable illness, as well as referrals for medical help that can diagnose the types of problems that must have seemed insurmountable to Williams and his family.
The Center hosts Learning Classes, support groups, as well as exercise classes, all designed to provide the types of physical and mental stimulation that helps those who suffer the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease overcome and “live a healthier and improved quality of life” The Center serves some of the over 14,000 Kentuckians who are living with this neurological ailment, plus support, exercise and learning groups in Southern Indiana as well.
To quote and support Williams’ widow, “It is our hope with Robin’s passing, that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing, so they may feel less afraid” That directly sums up the mission of the Parkinson Support Center.
The Parkinson Support Center is the area’s only organization solely dedicated to supporting people with Parkinson’s disease, their families, and caregivers. We provide hope and assistance to people struggling with this devastating disease through a number of ways, all designed to improve their quality of life. For more information, please visit our website at www.parkinsoncenter.org.