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CNN founder Ted Turner reveals he’s battling dementia

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  • CNN founder Ted Turner has revealed he’s battling Lewy body
    dementia. 
  • The neurodegenerative disease alters his memory, mood,
    movement, and behavior. 
  • Turner opened up about his battle with the disease in an
    interview with CBS set to air on Sunday morning.

CNN founder Ted Turner revealed he is suffering from Lewy body
dementia, a neurodegenerative disease that alters his memory,
mood, movement and behavior.

In an interview set to air on
CBS on Sunday
, Turner, 79, opened up about his struggle with
the disease and said he has a hard time remembering its
name.

“It’s a mild case of what people have as Alzheimer’s,” Turner
said in the interview. “It’s similar to that. But not nearly as
bad. Alzheimer’s is fatal. Thank goodness I don’t have that. But,
I also have got… I can’t remember the name of it.”

Then Turner said: “Dementia. I can’t remember what my disease
is.”

Lewy body dementia affects more than a million individuals in the
United States, according to the US
Department of Health and Human Services.

In excerpts of the interview released by CBS, Turner said he was
misdiagnosed with depression before doctors realized it was
actually dementia that was affecting him.

He added that his main symptoms are being tired, exhausted and
forgetful.

The billionaire philanthropist launched CNN in 1980 as the
country’s first 24-hour all-news network.

He later became the vice chairman of Time Warner but resigned in
2003 and is no longer involved in the company. He said that other
than occasionally watching CNN, he doesn’t watch much news
anymore.

“I think they’re sticking with politics a little too much,”
Turner said. “They’d do better to have a more balanced agenda.
But that’s, you know, just one person’s opinion.”

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