No matter how famous someone is or how thick their wallet, there are certain diseases that are impenetrable to these powers. Alzheimer’s is sadly a great example of this. Among other harsh names in Alzheimer’s news, it has been called the ‘thief of the mind’ and the numbers of those with this diagnosis are on the rise. Although fame and money can not reverse a diagnosis, they can effectively help advocate for awareness and attention to a cure. This is exactly what the once famous heart throb David Cassidy plans to do while sharing his own mother’s plight with the disease.
David Cassidy’s Struggle to Cope
With His Mother’s Alzheimer’s News
“My mother had been found in her nightgown in the middle of the road after midnight.”
After he realized that his mother’s husband had been covering for her memory loss, Cassidy told the Daily Mail, ‘That’s kind of the family problem – feeling that sense of shame, despair and panic when things are wrong. There was that sense of denial.” No more for Cassidy who is now speaking out on the front lines; using his fame to increase awareness around the disease.
“People don’t really want to talk about it (Alzheimer’s), but we need to…”
And talk about is exactly what David is doing! He was recently a keynote speaker at the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Educational Conference in New York. His speech, “A Son’s Story” helps to expose the “absolute epidemic of Alzheimer’s and Dementia here in the U.S., and in other parts of the world, in the next 10 to 15 years.” Here is a list of several future events over the next few months. David Cassidy on Tour.
He writes on his personal web site to his fans, “I don’t want my children or yours to have to face the same NIGHTMARE as I have!!!!”
To learn more about how David took his mother’s Alzheimer’s news, watch this video: