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Alzheimer's Disease
January 17, 2011
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Alzheimer's Disease is again in the limelight these past few days after former presidential son Ron Reagan claimed that his father may have had Alzheimer's while still in office.

Michael, Ron's half brother, have already refuted Ron's allegations.  Slamming Ron in his Twitter account by saying "Ron, my brother, was an embarrassment to his father when he was alive and today he became an embarrassment to his mother."

This got me thinking.  Just how do you know if someone is suffering from Alzheimer's?

January 18, 2011
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There are many things happening that we don't know inside goverment houses so we can't be sure whether Ron is saying the truth or not.

 

Well I guess forgetfulness is one of the key symptoms of Alzheimer's
Disease. If this is an often occurences then it is time to visit the doctor and ask for help.

January 19, 2011
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Here's the thing -- reflect back on Ronald Reagan.  Remember how he feel asleep during important meetings?  I have no problems believing he was in the early stages, and I'm not sure why anyone would be offended by it.  After all, Ron didn't say anything derogatory from what I read.

January 19, 2011
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Well, it will be difficult to tell precisely if the former president did have Alzheimer's disease, but if he showed these signs, then he might have Alzheimers:
  1. Memory loss that can be very disruptive.  Memory loss is one of the most common signs of the disease.  You keep on forgetting recent information, and maybe even important dates.  A telltale sign would be one who's asking you about the same information again and again.
  2. Difficulty in problem solving or planning.  Those with AD usually find it difficult to follow even the most basic things like a favorite recipe or paying their bills monthly.  They have a marked difficulty when concentration is involved.
  3. AD sufferers also get confused a lot.  They lose track of dates, places and time.   They may think it's winter when it's in fact summer.
  4. Vision problems is also another sign.  They may have difficulty judging distance, reading or even seeing colors.
  5. Misplacing things.  AD sufferers may leave things at odd places.  And they can't backtrack to find these.
  6. Poor judgment. AD sufferers also make poor judgments.  IF they are thrifty, they might give out a big sum to charity or buy from a telemarketer.
January 19, 2011
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AD also makes a person have a difficult time to finish certain tasks. They may not remember how to play their favorite game, or get lost while driving home.

January 19, 2011
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If Ron is to be believed, then the former president would have suffered from AD. That's because the eloquent communicator began having problems with speaking, something that AD patients suffer from.

January 19, 2011
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It is logical to think that President Reagan had begun seeing some of the early symptoms while still in office, but I believe that impaired judgment was not one of them. Despite his experience with Alzheimer's, I believe President Reagan was the best President in my lifetime so far.

January 20, 2011
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jenniferaniston said:

If Ron is to be believed, then the former president would have suffered from AD. That's because the eloquent communicator began having problems with speaking, something that AD patients suffer from.


 

Ron also said that the former president looked bewildered and tired.  This is also an indicator of AD right?  Their personalities change and they often get upset.
January 20, 2011
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Alise said:

It is logical to think that President Reagan had begun seeing some of the early symptoms while still in office, but I believe that impaired judgment was not one of them. Despite his experience with Alzheimer's, I believe President Reagan was the best President in my lifetime so far.


I don't think that the fact that he was a good president could be disputed in any way 🙂  And yes, I do think that he was already sick while still in office.

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