Memoir: Ronald Reagan Showed Signs of Alzheimer’s Before Second Term of Presidency

January 15, 2011

(ChattahBox) – Former President Ronald Reagan was formally diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 1994, and died in 2004 of complications of the disease. But in a new book, To mark the hundredth anniversary of President Ronald Reagan’s birth, My Father at 100, to be published by Viking, son Ron Reagan remembers in excerpts published in U.S. News & World that in the mid-1980s, President Reagan struggled with his memory, and looked “lost and bewildered” during his debates with Walter Mondale. In 1986, the then-president became alarmed when he flew over familiar canyons near Los Angeles and couldn’t remember their names. Had President Reagan been diagnosed, Ron believes he would have left office before the end of his second term in 1989. But Ron is also quick to counter that his speculation doesn’t undermine his father’s legacy: “Does this delegitimize his presidency? Only to the extent that President Kennedy’s Addison’s disease or Lincoln’s clinical depression undermine theirs.”


One Response to “Memoir: Ronald Reagan Showed Signs of Alzheimer’s Before Second Term of Presidency”

  1. Sean Whalen on January 16th, 2011 7:59 pm

    Ron is a MORON… His father was (and still is) the GREATEST LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD to walk this earth. Period.
    Ron needs to get a job instead of ride his fathers legacy, then disgrace it.

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