Tony Bennett Has Alzheimer’s Disease
FAMILY OF BELOVED SINGER REVEALS DIAGNOSIS
The wife of world-renown Tony Bennett announced earlier this month that the singer suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. Bennett was diagnosed in 2016, according to an interview published in a recent issue of AARP Magazine. He is still able to recognize family members and rehearse vocals, but the dementia is progressing significantly, according to his wife. Gayartri Devi, the neurologist who first diagnosed Bennett, noted that Alzheimer’s varies greatly from patient to patient. Dr. Devi offered that Bennett “…has some cognitive issues, but multiple other areas of his brain are still resilient and functioning well. He is doing so many things, at 94, that many people without dementia cannot do. He really is the symbol of hope for someone with a cognitive disorder.” To that point, two years after his Alzheimer’s diagnosis in 2016, the much loved singer recorded a second album of duets with Lady Gaga. We wish Bennet and his family the best of luck in the coming days.