Synopsis: A list of famous and/or well known people who currently have or had dementia, a progressive decline in cognitive function.
A listing of famous people around the world who have, and had, Dementia.
What is Dementia?
Dementia is the progressive decline in cognitive function due to damage or disease in the brain beyond what might be expected from normal aging. Although dementia is far more common in the geriatric population, it may occur in any stage of adulthood. In dementia, affected areas in cognition may be memory, attention, language, and problem solving.
The prevalence of dementia is rising as the global life expectancy is rising. Particularly in Western countries, there is an increasing concern about the economic impact that dementia will have in future, older populaces
There is no cure to this illness, although scientists are progressing in making a type of medication that will slow down the process. Cholinesterase inhibitors are often used early in the disease course - Tacrine (Cognex), donepezil (Aricept), galantamine (Reminyl), and rivastigmine (Exelon) are approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of dementia induced by Alzheimer disease. They may be useful for other similar diseases causing dementia such as Parkinsons or vascular dementia.
List of Famous People who Have and Had Dementia
Aaron Copland - composer
Alfred Van Vogt
Arlene Francis - actor
Arthur O'Connell - actor
Betty Schwartz - Olympic gold medal winner in track events
Bill Quackenbush - professional hockey player
Carroll Campbell - Former Rebublican Senator
Irving Shulman - screenwriter
James Brooks - artist
James Doohan - actor
Joe Adcock - baseball player
John Douglas French - physician
Joyce Chen - chef
Louis Feraud - fashion designer
Mabel Albertson - actor
Marv Owen - baseball player
Mike Frankovich - film producer
Molly Picon - actor
NormanOtto Preminger - director
Paul Silva Henriquez - Roman Catholic cardinal, human rights advocate
Peter Michael Falk
Ross MacDonald - author
Rudolph Bing - opera impresario
Simon Scott - actor
Sugar Ray Robinson
Thomas Dorsey - singer
Tom Fears - professional football player and coach
Willem DeKooning - artist
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