Son Claims Reagan Had Alzheimer’s As President

The disclosure has been made in Ron Reagan’s new book, ‘My Father at 100,’ released Tuesday. The release coincides with Reagan’s 100th birth anniversary next month.

In the memoir releasing Tuesday, Reagan’s youngest son reveals that his father showed symptoms of early stage of Alzheimer’s during the mid 1980s.

Symptoms of the disorder
Ron stated that he started getting worried when once during his visit in the White House, he saw his father reading note cards while making phone calls.

In another incident, while raising a toast at the White House function, he mistakenly called Princess Diana, Princess David.

Ron recalls that during his presidential debate with Democratic rival Walter Mondale in 1984, his father started experiencing the nausea of a bad dream coming true.”

“My heart sank as he floundered his way through his responses, fumbling with his notes, uncharacteristically lost for words. He looked tired and bewildered, Ron writes in the book.

Ron states that his father might have suspected that he was suffering from the disorder when he was flying over canyons in Los Angeles and realized that he could not recall their names.

Reagan was unaware of Alzheimer’s
Reagan’s son adds that his father was unaware of the brain disorder.

One of the excerpts from the book reads, Ive seen no evidence that my father (or anyone else) was aware of his medical condition while he was in office.

Ron states that his father might have suspected that he was suffering from the disorder when he was flying over canyons in Los Angeles and realized that he could not recall their names.

Had diagnosis been made in 1987, Reagan would have stepped down from post of the president before his second term ended in 1989, Ron writes.

The former president was diagnosed with the condition in 1994, five years after finishing his term. He died in 2004 due to complications resulting from the brain disorder.

Difference of opinion
While Ron’s frank revelation has been welcomed by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, Reagan’s elder son Michael has shot back at his younger brother saying that his father did not suffer from Alzheimer’s while in office.

Lashing out at Ron, Michael took to his Twitter account, stating that Ron always embarrassed his father when he was alive. Today he became an embarrassment to his mother,” adding, What a way for Ron to say Happy 100th Birthday Dad.

But Reagan’s foundation believes that Ron has written a wonderful book, and it is a tribute that only a son could present.

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