meninlove said I wouldn't be so quick to blame Mrs Reagan, you know. If you read the article, she was given advice that she followed through on. I found it interesting that the man in question who advised her didn't go to the President first. Why Nancy? No one elected her.
Ronald Regan was completely senile by then, he had alzheimer's, by then Nancy was making all the decisions.
Untrue. Probably likely that he was showing signs by then, but still at that time he had many good days along with a few bad days.
Even after his presidency, I'd see him come into his office at 2121 Ave of the Stars, and at least on the days he came to the office he seemed fine. I'm sure there were those 'other' days by the early 90s, and those kind of days were increasing in number until he no longer came in.
I'm pretty familiar with the progression of Alzheimer's having dealt with it up close and daily with both parents for four years
"Ron Reagan contends his father showed signs of Alzheimer's Disease three years into his first term."http://www.helpguide.org/articles/alzheimers-dementia/alzheimers-disease.htm
Stage 1 – Mild/Early (lasts 2-4 yrs) – Frequent recent memory loss, particularly of recent conversations and events. Repeated questions, some problems expressing and understanding language. Mild coordination problems: writing and using objects becomes difficult. Depression and apathy can occur, accompanied by mood swings. Need reminders for daily activities, and may have difficulty driving.
Stage 2 – Moderate/Middle (lasts 2-10 yrs) – Can no longer cover up problems. Pervasive and persistent memory loss, including forgetfulness about personal history and inability to recognize friends and family. Rambling speech, unusual reasoning, and confusion about current events, time, and place. More likely to become lost in familiar settings, experience sleep disturbances, and changes in mood and behavior, which can be aggravated by stress and change. May experience delusions, aggression, and uninhibited behavior. Mobility and coordination is affected by slowness, rigidity, and tremors. Need structure, reminders, and assistance with the activities of daily living.
Stage 3 – Severe/Late (lasts 1-3+ yrs) – Confused about past and present. Loss of ability to remember, communicate, or process information. Generally incapacitated with severe to total loss of verbal skills. Unable to care for self. Falls possible and immobility likely. Problems with swallowing, incontinence, and illness. Extreme problems with mood, behavior, hallucinations, and delirium. In this stage, the person will need round the clock intensive support and care.