Inspiring Celebrities Who are Suffering from Dementia
Dementia isn’t a specific disease. It is a general term to describe a group of symptoms associated with memory loss, severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. It accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases.
Anyone can suffer from dementia. Though it is common among the people above the age of 65, it can affect anyone at almost any age. Here’s the list of celebrities who are struggling with dementia
Johnny Crawford (72)
The Rifleman actor’s Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis became public after one of his friends started a GoFundMe campaign to help him in the tough condition.
Sandra Day O’Connor (90)
Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the US, O’Connor retired from public life in Oct 2018 after being diagnosed with early stages of Alzheimer’s-like dementia.
Barbara Windsor (81)
The EastEnders actress was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in April 2014 and now her condition is deteriorating that she doesn’t even recognize her husband
Michael J. Fox (57)
The Candian actor was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 29 in 1991 and went public with his condition in 1998. He partly retired from acting in 2000 as the symptoms of the disease worsened. Now, he is an advocate for research toward finding a cure.
Nichelle Nichols (86)
Lieutenant Uhura from Star Trek, has been suffering from severe memory short-term memory loss as a complication of advanced dementia. Her son, Kyle Johnson revealed her diagnosis in May 2018.
Dr. Colin Baddiel (84)
Comedian David Baddiel’s father, Colin Baddiel has been suffering from Pick’s Disease, a rare form of dementia. He showed the early signs of condition in his early 70s.
Terry Jones (77)
A member of The Monty Python, Jones was diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia, a form of frontotemporal dementia that impairs speaking ability, in 2015. By September 2016, he was no longer able to give interviews and fellow Python member Michael Palin revealed that he is no longer able to speak.
David Prowse (83)
The English actor, who played Darth Vader in Star Wars is has been suffering from dementia for years. After struggling with memory loss, he retired in Oct 2016.
Tim Conway (85)
The McHale’s Navy alum has been struggling with dementia and was reported to be almost entirely unresponsive in August 2018.
His daughter, Kelly seek legal help to be appointed as the conservator of her father and be in charge of his medical treatments after her stepmother, Charlene wanted to move him out of the excellent nursing facility.
Prunella Scales (86)
The Fawlty Towers actress has been living with Alzheimer’s for more than 15 years and still continues to work.