Ronald Reagan and Alzheimer’s During His Presidency

I read a lovely excerpt in Parade Magazine this morning from Ron Reagan’s new memoir My Father at 100 about his father, former President Ronald Reagan. The excerpt discusses the first hints of Alzheimer’s disease surfacing during Reagan’s presidency, and the former President’s son has some beautiful insight regarding how Alzheimer’s disease might have affected his father’s duties in office:

That likely condition, though, serves as a reminder that when we elect presidents, we elect human beings with all their foibles and weaknesses. I find something courageous in my father’s dedicated pursuit – even in the face of his declining powers – of peaceful rapprochement with the Soviet Union, the world’s other nuclear superpower, throughout his second term.  He never stopped wanting to save the world.

This sounds like a fabulous book and loving tribute to a larger-than-life father who ended up being human just like the rest of us.  Excerpt and photo courtesy of Parade Magazine, read the full article here:

“My Father, The President”, Parade Magazine, January 16, 2011

It doesn’t bother me at all that Ronald Reagan may have been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease during his presidency, but how do you feel about that?

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