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Author Topic: 25 years ago, President Ronald Reagan announced his Alzheimer's to the nation  (Read 27 times)


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Twenty-five years ago this month, President Ronald Reagan told the nation he’d been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

“I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life,” he wrote in a letter addressed to his “Fellow Americans,” dated November 5, 1994.

Reagan wrote that he and his wife, Nancy, decided to disclose his condition in hopes that it would increase attention for the disease that slowly, but surely, robs the mind of its memories.

“In opening our hearts, we hope this might promote greater awareness of this condition,” he wrote. “Perhaps it will encourage a clearer understanding of the individuals and families who are affected by it.”

A decade later, in 2004, Reagan succumbed to the illness.

Now, 25 year later, the disease remains just as deadly. It’s currently ranked as the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S., but some research has suggested the true number of Alzheimer’s-related deaths is much higher.

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