Anyone can suffer from dementia. It may not be a natural part of aging, but it can affect anyone at almost any age. Many celebrities show their support, but some have even suffered from dementia, most commonly Alzheimer’s. These celebrities have suffered with dementia, but still found a way to bring awareness.
Rita was one of the most glamorous movie stars in Hollywood during her time and was featured in over 60 films in a span of over 4 decades. People blamed the beautiful starlet’s memory loss on her drinking, but in 1979 she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She was one of the first public figures to come out with her struggles with Alzheimer’s. Sadly, she died at the young age of 68 in 1987. But still to this day, her story has inspired others to learn about the disease.
The famous singer-guitarist is currently in the late stages of Alzheimer’s. He is being treated at a memory care facility, but he has joined his family to open about their struggles with the diagnosis. Campbell spends time spreading awareness and telling his story in hopes that it will help others that are facing Alzheimer’s.
Sugar Ray Robinson
One of the greatest boxers went down in history with almost 200 wins during his 25-year career. In Sugar Ray Robinson’s final years, he suffered with Alzheimer’s. He was not very public about his diagnosis and it wasn’t well-known until after he passed away in 1989. But since his passing, his family has spoken about the diagnosis and how the boxer struggled in hopes that others will notice the warning signs.
As a face of the civil rights movement, Rosa Parks is best known for her 1955 arrest for not giving up her seat on a bus. Through her years, she was a strong civil rights activist and received numerous honors. She was diagnosed with progressive dementia in 2004 and died shortly after in 2005 at the age of 92. Though she was a strong woman, she wasn’t safe from dementia, showing that anyone can be affected by it.
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