A Former US President Had Alzheimer’s!

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Ronald Reagan had plans to run for president once again in 1984, but his son Ron Reagan was a bit hesitant. No only did he not want another opponent taking a shot at his father, but Ron began to worry about Ronald as he saw little hints that something just wasn’t entirely right with him.

To their dismay shortly after leaving office, Ron’s instincts were right and his father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. They believe that his Alzheimer’s may have been affecting him while he was in office. Listen as Ron gives us details about growing up with his father and Ronald’s centennial celebration. Let’s raise awareness about Alzheimer’s, it doesn’t make exceptions for anyone!

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Allison Espiritu graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor's degree in journalism. For five years she worked as a reporter focused on local government, schools, and community news at a number of Washington publications such as the Seattle Times, Ballard News Tribune, West Seattle Herald, and Snoqualmie Valley Record. She began working at GreaterGood in 2012, progressing to the position of Web Content Program Manager.