Tony Bennett reveals he has Alzheimer’s disease

Tony Bennett reveals he has Alzheimer’s disease

"Singing is everything to him".

Bennett's Alzheimer's battle was disclosed in an AARP magazine article on Monday, in which his family said he was diagnosed in 2016. Dr. Gayatri Devi, a Manhattan neurologist who diagnosed Bennett, also has urged the family to encourage him to keep up with his music, as it stimulated his brain "in a significant way". According to the story, he has not yet experienced common symptoms like disorientation or episodes of terror, rage or depression, "but there was little doubt that the disease had progressed". "It has saved his life many times".

In the spring he is to release a follow-up to the album Cheek To Cheek, which he released with Gaga in 2014, according to AARP.

Gaga appears aware of Bennett's condition, the article said, speaking in short, simple phrases that Alzheimer's researchers say are best for communicating with patients.

Susan told the publication: 'There's a lot about him that I miss.

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"But the moment he heard the announcer's voice boom 'Ladies and gentlemen - Tony Bennett!'" he would transform into performance mode", AARP reports.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Bennett has been rehearsing his 90-minute set at home twice a week with the help of his longtime pianist, Lee Musiker, who lives nearby.

'Tony was a considerably more muted presence during the recording of the new album with Gaga, ' the publication stated, noting that Bennett spoke rarely and, when he did, seemed 'lost and bewildered'.

Dr. Gayatri Devi, who diagnosed the star, told the magazine: 'He is doing so many things, at 94, that many people without dementia can not do, He really is the symbol of hope for someone with a cognitive disorder'. "For someone like Tony Bennett, the big high he gets from performing was very important".

"He always likes to say he's in the business of making people feel good", she said.

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