The family of Tony Bennett revealed that the well-known and legendary singer has been fighting Alzheimer’s disease since 2016, according to a featured story in AARP magazine on Monday.
After diagnosing Bennett with a progressive neurologic disorder, the neurologist of the 94-year-old man advised the famed singer to continue touring and recording songs to help stimulate his brain in positive ways, since music has “peculiar powers” that help dementia patients recall their deep memories.
The audiences and critics were oblivious of his situation because he continued performing despite his declining health.
When legendary singer stopped performing songs at live musical shows in March 2020 because of the pandemic, his condition began deteriorating, his caregivers told AARP.
“Just how therapeutically beneficial performing had been for Tony soon became obvious when his world shrank to the confines of his apartment,” said Dr. Gayatri Devi, Bennett’s neurologist.
Bennett’s family said he had been showing symptoms of the disease since 2015. The singer’s wife, Susan, and their eldest son, Danny told AARP how Bennett could still pull-off his live performances despite being confused at times because of his condition.
“Life is a gift – even with Alzheimer’s. Thank you to Susan and my family for their support, and @AARP The Magazine for telling my story,” Bennett wrote in his tweet on Monday.
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