Alzheimer’s disease can strike anyone. It is estimated that 1 in 9 people age 65 and older will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. With over 5 million Americans of all ages living with Alzheimer’s, it is clearly a disease that affects all of our lives. People young and old, famous and not ordinary, healthy and unhealthy, are at risk of developing Alzheimer’s in their lifetime.
Adult day care centers, such as Nevada Adult Day Health Care, are excellent places to provide care for our loved ones affected with Alzheimer’s but still able to live at home.
1. William Asher – Known for his work directing “I Love Lucy” and “Bewitched," William Asher was a beloved television director in his time. He also directed episodes of “The Twilight Zone” and “The Dukes of Hazzard.” He died from complications related to Alzheimer’s at age 90.
2. Ronald Reagan – The 40th president of the United States was struck with Alzheimer’s and died from complications at the age of 83. He served as president from 1981-89 but spent his life as a film actor before entering politics.
3. Charles Bronson – The star of “Death Wish,” “The Great Escape,” and many other films, Charles Bronson spent the last years of his life suffering from Alzheimer’s. He was debilitated by the disease and died in 2003.
4. Rosa Parks – Best known for famously refusing to give up her seat on the bus, and sparking the civil right movement, Rosa Parks passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2005. She led a quiet life in her later years and even wrote an autobiography before being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
5. E.B. White – Famous for writing “Stuart Little” and “Charlotte’s Web,” E.B. White was a well-known author and editor. He also contributed to The New Yorker throughout his life before eventually being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and dying in 1985.
6. Estelle Getty – Best known for her role as Sophia on the “Golden Girls," Estelle was a beloved actress in her day and after. She passed away from a disease called Lewy Body Dementia, which is actually slightly different from Alzheimer’s but causes similar symptoms.
These celebrities and many more succumbed to the same disease that affects millions of Americans every year. When a loved one or family member is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it is essential to find them the help and care they need as their disease progresses.
If you are looking for help with caring for your loved one during the day, consider a day care center for Alzheimer’s patients. Nevada Adult Day Healthcare Centers, for example, is a client driven adult day care center with a focus on helping adults with Alzheimer’s, developmental disorders, and other debilitating conditions that require 24-hour supervision and assistance with daily living tasks.