Ronald and Nancy Reagan at the 1981 inaugural parade.
The Alzheimer’s Association was saddened to learn of the passing of former First Lady and Alzheimer’s advocate, Nancy Reagan. Mrs. Reagan was a long-standing honorary member of the Alzheimer’s Association National Board of Directors and her involvement in the cause inspired the Alzheimer’s community of families, caregivers and researchers.
In 1994, U.S. President Ronald Reagan shared that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, with an open letter to the American people writing, “In opening our hearts, we hope this might promote greater awareness of this condition. Perhaps it will encourage a clearer understanding of the individuals and families who are affected by it.”
Following this brave announcement of the diagnosis, Mrs. Reagan used her voice to represent families and increase awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.
“The Alzheimer’s Association mourns the loss of First Lady Nancy Reagan. Mrs. Reagan and President Reagan…
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