Online Buzz: 5 Things We Learned From Reagan's Alzheimer's and Thatcher's Dementia

Ronald Reagan seated with Margaret Thatcher

U.S. President Ronald Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher sharing a conversation at the White House in 1988.

Though they were two of the most powerful global leaders of our time, neither U.S. President Ronald Reagan nor British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had the power to overcome dementia. Ronald Reagan died of dementia-related pneumonia in 2004, and Baroness Thatcher passed away in 2013 from the effects of a series of strokes.

What can other families learn from the experiences of the Reagan and Thatcher families, both of whom became advocates for dementia awareness?

  • Dementia and Alzheimer's affect people of every demographic.
  • Dementia patients and their families often suffer in silence.
  • Family caregivers need care, too.
  • Support and improved dementia-care training are lifelines.
  • More research efforts are vital to slow and someday end progressive cognitive disorders.
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Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher

Photo at top courtesy of Ronald Reagan Library.


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