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What Tony Bennett’s Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Does for the Rest of Us

Posted on April 19, 2021
Article written by
Anika Brahmbhatt

Tony Bennett is the most recent celebrity to publicly announce that he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. By taking this courageous step, he has made the Alzheimer’s room bigger, contributing to awareness and discussion of Alzheimer’s around the world and helping others with dementia feel less alone.

In January 2021, Bennett and his family told AARP Magazine that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2016, but that they waited until they were ready to reveal the diagnosis.

Many myALZteam members were quick to share what Bennett’s openness about his condition meant to them. “I read the article about Tony Bennett,” one member said. “Sad and uplifting at the same time.” Another noted, “There is a lovely new article ... about Tony Bennett and his wife Susan, and how they use music to keep him active and engaged.”

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Anika Brahmbhatt is an undergraduate student at Boston University, where she is pursuing a dual degree in media science and psychology. Learn more about her here.

A myALZteam Member said:

I watched this on 60 Minutes. His wife so calm and loving, patient. ❤️

posted 17 days ago

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