Crooner Tony Bennett has revealed he has been living with Alzheimer's since he was diagnosed with the illness in 2016.
The 94-year-old musician went public about his condition today tweeting ‘life is a gift, even with Alzheimer's’ before going on to thank his wife Susan Crow, 54 and family for their support after telling his story to AARP.
His full message read: 'Life is a gift – even with Alzheimer's. Thank you to [his wife] Susan and my family for their support, and AARP the Magazine for telling my story'.
Since being diagnosed over four years ago Bennett’s condition started to deteriorate quickly in 2016 when he teamed up with Lady Gaga to record the Cheek to Cheek album, due out in the spring.
Speaking about her husband’s illness Crow told the publication: 'There's a lot about him that I miss. Because he's not the old Tony anymore … But when he sings, he's the old Tony.'
Bennett noticed the warning signs a year before being diagnosed when he started having difficulties remembering the names of his fellow musicians.
Expressing concern he made an appointment with a neurologist in 2016 at New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital.
Dr. Gayatri Devi, who diagnosed Bennett, said: '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.'
Tony has been on a strict Mediterranean diet and exercise regime which seems to have delayed the progression of his memory loss.
Tony Bennett’s full name is Anthony Dominick Benedetto.
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