Tony Bennett has revealed that he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, he announced via an extensive article with AARP magazine on Monday.
Life is a gift – even with Alzheimer’s. Thank you to Susan and my family for their support, and AARP,” he wrote on Twitter. “The Magazine for telling my story.”
Since 2016, the Bennett Family has kept silent about Tony’s official diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and its increasing effects on his cognitive state. For the first time ever, in the February/March issue of AARP The Magazine, Tony’s wife Susan and son Danny offer a rare, emotional look into his life today. Even in the face of a disease that has mostly silenced and stilled the singer, at the sound of the piano, Tony Bennett rises up to sing with perfect pitch and apparent ease. Tony Bennett has made a significant impact on music, but it is very clear music has returned the favor in kind.
In an extended report, Tony’s team of neurologists share how his twice-a-week singing sessions are stimulating his brain in positive ways, despite the progressive state of his Alzheimer’s. Lady Gaga shares special memories of her longtime mentor; their forthcoming collaboration record offers stunning vocals from both singers.
“One of the cruelest aspects of dementia is the stigma that surrounds it,” says Sarah Lock, AARP senior vice president for brain health. “Feelings of hopelessness can cause people to resist getting diagnosed or refuse treatment. Although there’s currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, there’s a lot that people can do to delay symptoms and improve quality of life.”