Understanding Alzheimer's disease

Legendary singer Tony Bennett reveals he has been battling the disease since 2016

Stars Insider

02/02/21 | StarsInsider

HEALTH Dementia

Beloved singer Tony Bennett revealed on February 1 that he has been battling Alzheimer's disease since 2016. The 94-year-old's family spoke to AARP about the warning signs, his current symptoms (which include memory loss, confusion, and unresponsiveness), as well as his triumphs, like performing 90-minute sets on tour flawlessly shortly after his diagnosis, or working with Lady Gaga on an upcoming album.

Soon after the news broke, the crooner tweeted, "Life is a gift -- even with Alzheimer's." But what does the disease actually entail?

According to the World Health Organization, Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia, and may cause 60 to 70% of cases. While there is no cure, prompt diagnosis of the condition can make it more manageable, especially in its early stages. Indeed, much can be offered to support and improve the lives of people living with Alzheimer's and their carers and families. 

Check out this gallery to understand more about the disease and the many ways it affects the sufferer.

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