AARP Magazine reports:
Tony Bennett has Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of age-related dementia. Alzheimer’s is characterized by a progressive memory loss that robs its sufferers of many of the gifts that we all take for granted — speech, understanding, treasured memories, recognition of loved ones — and leaves them utterly dependent on caregivers.
Although he can still recognize family members, he is, according to his wife Susan, not always sure where he is or what is happening around him. Mundane objects as familiar as a fork or a set of house keys can be utterly mysterious to him.
Eager for as many ears as possible to hear and enjoy what may very well be the last Tony Bennett record, they have jointly decided to break the silence around his condition, a decision they have, necessarily, had to make without Tony’s input, since he is, Susan said, incapable of understanding the disease, let alone making momentous decisions about whether to publicly disclose it.
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For the first time, @ItsTonyBennett’s family have opened up about the singer’s #Alzheimers diagnosis – and the inspiring role that music plays in navigating a path through the disease. Here’s a rare look into his life today. https://t.co/mtE2UDgcDM
— AARP (@AARP) February 1, 2021
There’s a lot about him that I miss,” said Bennett’s wife Susan Crow. “Because he’s not the old Tony anymore… But when he sings, he’s the old Tony.”https://t.co/JZK9IrzhnL
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) February 1, 2021
This is inspiring and heartbreaking.
It’s a gift to the world when a person like Tony Bennett and his family talk about living with Alzheimer’s. https://t.co/eBsguqFfen
— Maria Shriver (@mariashriver) February 1, 2021