Tony Bennett has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
The revelation was made by AARP magazine on Monday.
“Life is a gift. Even with Alzheimer’s,” Crooner said Tweet. “Thank you for that [my wife] Susan and my family support them, and for AARP. ”
The 94-year-old was formally diagnosed with progressive disease, which affects memory and speech in 2016, according to the outlet. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of age-related dementia.
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Despite the diagnosis, Bennett has recently enjoyed some of the most successful years of his decades-long career. His duet with Lady Gaga titled “Cheek to Cheek” was a chart topper when it was released in 2014. The couple toured together in 2015.
The store even shared that a follow-up to “Cheek to Cheek”, which was recorded between 2018 and 2020, will be released in the spring.
“At 94, he’s doing a lot of things that a lot of people can’t do without dementia,” Bennett’s neurologist Gayatri Devi told the outlet. “It’s really a sign of hope for someone with a cognitive impairment.”
Bennett first realized something was wrong in 2015 when he complained to his wife that he could not remember the names of the musicians on stage during a musician.
“So, we got him a list that he put on the piano.” “But he was not happy about it.”
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While Susan initially believed that memory loss was part of the aging process, Bennett wanted to see a doctor.
The store cited footage from a raw documentary of Bennett’s new album recording session, where he “became quite quiet.” When he spoke, his words were “paused” and at times, “lost and astonished.” Gaga, 34, who was aware of her condition, kept her words short and simple, according to expert advice.
Today, Bennett is receiving a lot of support from his family. Devi said she was impressed by Susan’s devotion as a caregiver. The couple tied the knot in 2007.
The goddess explained, “I have been humiliated by the level of devotion.” She also expects a lot from him. I think her background helps as a teacher, but she loves it. And it exceeds its expectations. ”
While Bennett is not moving around, Susan is always with him. His son Danny handles the teachers’ business.
Bennett is also encouraged to maintain her singing ability, which helps stimulate the brain. His last performance was on March 11, 2020, shortly before the coronavirus epidemic broke all intermittent live performances. Still, Bennett has home singing sessions to stay active.
“There’s a lot I remember about it,” Susan noted. “Because he’s not old Tony anymore. But when he sings, he’s old Tony.”