Tony Bennett has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and has been living with the condition for the last 4 years.
‘Life is a gift – even with Alzheimer’s’ the 94 year old singer posted on Instagram on Monday. He revealed his diagnosis in a recent interview with AARP Magazine, a publication which covers issues that affect those over the age of 50.
Despite the effects the disease is having on Bennett’s memory he is set to release a new album with megastar Lady Gaga as a follow up after the success of their 2014 album Cheek to Cheek.
“He is doing so many things, at 94, that many people without dementia cannot do. He really is the symbol of hope for someone with a cognitive disorder.”
—Gayatri Devi, M.D., neurologist who diagnosed Bennett in 2016.
Regular music and singing has benefits for brain function and promotes feelings of wellbeing and confidence. Singing is a wonderful way to combine memory skills, breathing control, exercise and having fun. Even if we have problems with day to day memory we can often remember the words to songs long after we have forgotten other things.
You can read the full article on the AARP website here