Diagnosed with Dementia: Lawyer Don Kent

Don Kent, center, carries one of his grandchildren on his back at his family’s Thanksgiving gathering in 2017. Kent was diagnosed with Lew Body dementia. He is slowly transitioning out of his life long career as a lawyer.

Don Kent speaks about living with Lewy Body dementia during a Grand Rounds event at UT Health Northeast on Nov. 10, 2017. Kent went public with his diagnosis to help raise awareness about other types of dementia that are less well known than Alzheimer’s disease.

Attorney Don Kent assists his wife attorney Cynthia Kent as she works at a child support hearing the Smith County Courthouse July 11, 2017. Mr. Kent is in the beginning stages of Lewy Body Dementia and is in the process of retiring from his law career. Lewy Body Dementia is the second most common type of dementia. Mrs. Kent is a retired State District Judge.

Don Kent looks through his baseball collection which is one of his numerous hobbies that keeps him active. Kent has dementia with Lewy Bodies which is the second most common type of dementia.

Don Kent lifts weights at the Herrington-Ornelas Health and Fitness Center July 12, 2017. Kent is in the early stages of Lewy Body dementia, the second most common type of dementia behind Alzheimer’s Disease. Kent lives a very active lifestyle and is working with the Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County to educate the public on Lewy Body dementia.

Cynthia and Don Kent talk in their living room after work at their home in East Texas Aug. 8, 2017. They work together at a private law firm. Mr. Kent is in the process of retiring after his diagnosis of Lewy Body dementia.

Don Kent picks a wine from his cellar to celebrate Thanksgiving at their home in Tyler with friends, family and grandchildren. Kent is a sommelier, a trained and knowledgeable wine professional, but unfortunately his Lewy Body dementia will diminish his sense of smell and taste.

Cynthia and Don Kent celebrate Thanksgiving at their home in Tyler with friends, family and grandchildren.

Don Kent packs up his law office for a move to a new building on Oct. 24, 2017. Kent lives with Lewy Body dementia.

Don Kent packs up his law office for a move to a new building on Oct. 24, 2017. Kent lives with Lewy Body dementia.

Don Kent acts as a finish line flagger in a tricycle race as he celebrates Thanksgiving at his home in Tyler with friends, family and grandchildren.

Cynthia and Don Kent raise their wine glasses for a toast with family and friends during dinner at Villaggio del Vino, a restaurant known for wine and Italian food, in Tyler Aug. 9, 2017. Just months before Mr. Kent’s diagnosis of Lewy Body Dementia he effortlessly earned his sommelier certificate, signifying his role as an expert in wine and food pairing.

Don Kent is a Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Law attorney. He was recently diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia. He is pictured at his law office in Tyler Wednesday June 7, 2017.

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