Being super-smart or super-talented during your life cannot prevent Alzheimer’s from occurring. Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has revealed that she has been diagnosed in the “beginning stages of dementia, probably Alzheimer’s.” She is 88 years old currently.
She stepped down from the Supreme Court in 2005 to spend more time with and take care of her husband, who had Alzheimer’s. Unfortunate reminders like this continue to show us that Caregivers of Alzheimer patients are at even higher than usual risk of developing dementia themselves. Justice O’Connor was the first female Supreme Court Justice, nominated in 1981.
Dementia crosses all socio-economic lines. Even smart, mentally capable Americans can be vulnerable to developing dementia. Rich or poor, famous or unknown. We are all at-risk.
Other famous persons that developed Alzheimers are: President Ronald Reagan; Singer Glen Campbell; Actress Rita Hayworth; Civil Rights Activist Rosa Parks; Guitarist (the AC/DC rock band) Malcom Young; Actor Charles Bronson; Actor Charlton Heston; Painter Norman Rockwell; Women’s NCAA championship Basketball Head Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt; Actor James Doohan (Star Trek’s “Scotty”).
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Reagan himself would later die of the disease, but Alzheimer’s Awareness Month continues.
Using the The Bredesen Protocol™ Functional Medicine approach, Alzheimer’s dementia is being halted and reversed:
“Everyone knows someone who is a Cancer Survivor; no one knows an Alzheimer’s survivor… until now“