A Life Changed, a Lifestyle Remains
Updated: Jun 3, 2021
For Scott Rider, running was his life. It gained him a slot in the Olympic trials and sustained him as a hobby as he and his high-school sweetheart, Kelly, married and raised three children.
Running is also how he found out he had Parkinson’s disease.
It began subtly, when Scott’s toes didn’t “work as they should.” After several years of being misdiagnosed, he finally learned the truth at just 47.
Now, cognitive and physical limitations have put an end to his career in financial services. And he relies on Kelly to help him with tasks most people take for granted, like tying his shoes.
One thing hasn’t changed, however. He and his family have been able to maintain the same lifestyle they had prior to his diagnosis—thanks to the disability insurance he purchased. It replaces a significant portion of the income he once earned.
“Without it, I don’t know where we’d be,” says Scott. “I’m fortunate I understood early on that my income was my most valuable asset, and that I needed to insure it.”