31 December 2014,
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Home Care Coronado CA: Most People Have Somehow Been Personally Affected by This Detrimental Illness

Home Care Coronado CADementia in a psychiatric setting is defined as “severe impairment or loss of intellectual capacity and personality integration, due to the loss of or damage to neurons in the brain,” according to dictionary.reference.com/dementia.

Most people in North America have been personally affected by the detrimental illness of dementia. When we hear of dementia affecting the lives of our celebrities, politicians, and sports stars, we witness the debilitating realities of this disease on many people outside of our own family.

  1. Perry Como (May 18, 1912 – May 12, 2001) An Italian-American singer and T.V. personality entertained audiences for years. His recording career with RCA began in 1943 and continued for over 50 years. He contributed to his craft by beginning the first-ever variety show and established high standards by which other weekly variety shows strove to meet. His talent in the recording studio was only matched by his talent shown during his very successful weekly television shows.
  2. Ronald Reagan – Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) The 40th President of the United States of America was possibly the most famous of all celebrities whose fight with dementia was a very public struggle. President Reagan began his career, not in politics, but in acting. He entered politics as the 33rd Governor of California in 1967 and then served as President from 1981 until 1989. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 1994.
  3. Sugar Ray Robinson – (born Walker Smith Jr., May 3, 1921 – April 12, 1989.) An exceptional athlete in the boxing ring. He is often referred to as the “greatest boxer of all time” and was often described as someone who danced across the ring. He was known for his deadly quick jab and had the power to knock-out his opponent. After a very public career as a professional boxer, Sugar Ray was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in his last years. He died at the young age of 67.
  4. Rita Hayworth – (October 17, 1918 – May 14, 1987) American born actress, Rita was struck with Alzheimer’s disease at the very young age of 38. She was not officially diagnosed, however, until 1980. Her career continued through the 1970’s in both film and television including a very famous appearance on The Carol Burnett Show. Rita’s courage to announce her diagnosis to the public was a huge force in bringing this degenerative disease into the public spotlight and dispelling the stigmas that surrounded dementia.

To read about more famous people who lived with a diagnosis of dementia, see the remainder of the article at http://www.disabled-world.com/artman/publish/famous-dementia.shtml.

As an adult child of senior parents, your life must be very busy. There are other family members to take care of as well as your job to go to. Maintaining a social life and getting in some relaxation time are vitally important. When you need some extra help caring for your senior parent, consider hiring home care services; it’s the perfect choice for getting your loved one the help she needs.

For more information about how the caregivers at La Jolla Nurses Homecare can help your aging parents get to their annual appointments, call 858-454-9339. We are a home care agency providing quality and affordable senior care in Coronado, CA, and the surrounding communities.