During Remember December, Donate Planet isn't just raising funds to support NeuRa's research into finding a cure for dementia. We also want to raise the profile and awareness of this disease.
There are different forms of dementia, Alzheimers is one.
Many well known or famous individuals have suffered from a form of this awful disease. Below is a list of some of them. Actors, politicians, artists, musicians, writers, community leaders. Some of these people are mothers or fathers, brothers or sisters, sons or daughters . And just like others in the community, their form of dementia would have touched their entire family.
Don Lane, (Australian TV personality) - Dementia
Hazel Hawke, Wife of former Australian PM - Alzheimers
Malcom Young, AC/DC guitarist - Dementia
Neville Wran, Former NSW Premier - Lewy Body Dementia
Barry Cohen, Former Australian politician - _Alzheimers _
Robin Williams, Hollywood actor - Lewy Body Dementia
Terry Pratchett, British novelist - Alzheimers
Glen Campbell, Country and Western Singer - Alzheimers
Charlton Heston, Hollywood Actor - Alzheimers
Margaret Thatcher, Former British PM - Stroke induced dementia
Rita Hayworth, Hollywood Screen Siren - Alzheimers
Ronald Reagan, Former US President - Alzheimers
Peter Falk, Hollywood Actor - Dementia
Winston Churchill, British Statesman - Multi-infarct dementia
Casey Kasem, US Radio personality - Lewy Body Dementia
Louis Feraud, French Fashion Designer - Alzheimers
Burgess Meredith, Actor , Batman’s ‘The Penguin’ - Alzheimers
Iris Murdoch, Irish novelist and philosopher - Alzheimers
Willem DeKooning, Dutch American Artist - Alzheimers
Sugar Ray Robinson, Champion Boxer - Alzheimers
Perry Como, American Singer and TV personality - Alzheimers
Estelle Getty, TV Actor from The Golden Girls - Lewy Body Dementia
Jack Lord, TV Actor from Hawaii Five-O - Alzheimers
An insidious disease
Dementia - in any of its forms - slowly robs an individual of their memory, their personality and their life.
So many Australian families are touched in some way by dementia, and only through research can we find a cure.
You can help make dementia a distant memory.
If you'd like to support or learn more about the Remember December initiative, click here