I recently read the Fall 2012 issue of care ADvantage from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and learned that David Cassidy’s mother Evelyn Ward suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. In the interview “Original Teen Heartthrob David Cassidy and His Heartbreak” by Carol Steinberg, Cassidy had some interesting things to say about Alzheimer’s that really struck a chord with me.
“This has arguably been the most painful and gut-wrenching personal experience in my life.”
Gut-wrenching? He’ll get no argument from me on that one. I can totally relate to this confession because I feel exactly the same way. I truly believe anyone who has watched a loved one succumb to Alzheimer’s is forever changed by the experience. It is “gut-wrenching,” as David Cassidy so perfectly described.
“I think anyone who has had the experience that I have, who has the opportunity to reach people, to educate, to be pro-active in realizing the depth of this problem, realizes that we have just experienced the tip of the iceberg as far as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are concerned.”
Tip of the iceberg? David Cassidy hits the nail right on the head once again explaining what is yet to come from the predicted Alzheimer’s epidemic due to aging baby boomers. The iceberg comparison adds a nice visual element to help people understand better. What we haven’t seen yet from Alzheimer’s is so much more frightening and devastating than what we’ve already encountered.
I’m sorry for the pain that David Cassidy has suffered as he continues to watch his mother progress through the stages of Alzheimer’s disease. I know that pain and the helplessness of that situation. Thank you, David Cassidy, for using your celebrity to bring more awareness to this monstrous disease and the reality of what is yet to come unless we act to find treatment and a cure. For that reason among others (including watching The Partridge Family as a youngster), David Cassidy, “I think I love you.”