2 Beloved Celebrities Who Battled With Alzheimer’s

man is caring for his elderly father who has an Alzheimer'sEvery four seconds one person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the leading cause of dementia in the United States. It is a progressive mental disease that causes memory loss, confusion and the inability to retain new information.

A person suffering from Alzheimer’s is believed to have misfolded proteins or plaques in the brain, as well as neurofibrillary tangles resulting in the breakdown of the brain’s structure. Sadly, scientists have not discovered a means to stop or reverse the damage caused by Alzheimer’s.

If someone is your life is battling this disease, the best course of action is to arrange for professional care. Facilities for assisted living here in Davis County can provide supervision, help with meals preparation, grooming and other daily tasks that the patients are unable to do on their own.

The disease has affected the lives of so many including well-loved celebrities. Here are two famous people who also struggled with memory disturbances and loss of independence towards the end of their lives.

Sugar Ray Robinson (1921 – 1989)

Robinson tops the list of “The 100 Greatest Boxers of All Time,” according to the 1984 Ring Magazine. It remains uncertain whether boxing has contributed to the athlete’s development of Alzheimer’s. Because he squandered much of his earnings, Robinson was forced to continue boxing even though it was time for him to retire.

The “pound for pound” champ died at the Brotman Medical Center in California in April 1989 after battling Alzheimer’s in his last years.

Robin Williams (1951 – 2014)

A serious actor and a comedian, the genius of Robin Williams will forever be remembered in movies like “Good Will Hunting,” “Dreams With Sharp Teeth,” “Happy Feet,” “Hamlet” and “Mrs. Doubtfire.” His mind though was as troubled as it was brilliant.

Williams struggled with anxiety, drugs, and alcohol, which magnified his feelings of loneliness and inadequacy. Williams was also diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, which contributed to his dementia.

There’s so much that science has yet to discover about Alzheimer’s. Love and support of family are crucial during these difficult times.