Famous People with Alzheimer’s

seniors-relaxingIt has taken a long time before Alzheimer’s became something that most people are aware of. In fact, until the last quarter of the 20th century, it was mostly an unknown illness. The public awareness about the illness has been attributed (in part) to these famous people who struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Malcolm Young – The co-founder and legendary guitarist of AC/DC has recently had to stop making music, despite the fact that he had been doing so since 1969. According to a statement, the reason he stopped playing was that he had a complete loss of his short-term memory.

Pat Summitt – Eight NCAA basketball titles make Pat Summitt the best possible coach that the Tennessee Lady Vols could have ever hoped for. Despite the fact that she advocates for people who have Alzheimer’s disease and remains the Head Coach Emeritus, the diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s forced her to retire.

Charles Bronson – The star of countless action films and “Death Wish” was incapacitated from Alzheimer’s in the latter part of his life. Just another example that even those who are the toughest people are not impervious to this disease.

Charlton Heston – This famous actor publically announced that he was struggling with Alzheimer’s disease. While he leaves behind a long legacy of political activism and entertainment contributions, he passed away in 2008.

Ronald Reagan – Ronald Reagan announced that he was struggling with Alzheimer’s disease, six years after he ended his presidency. The president later announced that his public announcement was done in order to raise awareness of the disease.

Sugar Ray Robinson – Sugar Ray Robinson is easily recognized as one of the greatest boxers who have ever lived, but it was Alzheimer’s that caused his death at the young age of 67. With 173 wins, he is one of the winningest boxers of all time and held the middleweight and welterweight title belts.

Rosa Parks – Even “the Mother of the Freedom Movement” could not escape Alzheimer’s disease. She later passed on from the complications of Alzheimer’s disease after living a quiet life.

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