Popular Star Reveals Diagnosis


David Cassidy has been a presence seen in countless households for nearly fifty years thanks to the television show, The Partridge Family. After spending the time to come to terms with his diagnosis of dementia, he decided to publically reveal that he has been living with the same disease that took his mother’s life about five years ago. At age 66, Cassidy has been in the news recently due to struggles with alcoholism and financial distress. He has been arrested multiple times for driving under the influence.

In early 2017, a fan video was released on the internet featuring Cassidy struggling to remember the words to his own songs while performing a concert. After several media outlets disseminated this video, rumors spread of Cassidy’s worsening alcoholism.  Cassidy decided to dispel these rumors by speaking publically about his dementia diagnosis. While long-term memory is not immediately impacted by dementia, memory loss is a prevalent symptom. Even though Cassidy has been performing his music for years, it is possible for his dementia to impact his ability to recall song lyrics and melodies. This was a very sad revelation for fans and those affected by dementia.

Cassidy has been open about his family’s history with the disease and his experiences with his loved ones. It is important to understand the different types of dementia that you or your loved one could be living with. Visit www.alz.org to get more information on dementia, and how it affects the brain and your lifestyle. Steps beyond knowing your family’s medical history need to be taken to ensure the most accurate diagnosis. The Alzheimer’s Association offers a comprehensive page that outlines the steps to diagnosis, finding the right physician, and medical evaluation. Visit their “Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia” page at http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_diagnosis.asp. To learn more about the recent developments in the life of David Cassidy, visit his website at www.davidcassidy.com.

At Weatherby and Associates, PC, our legal and social work staff are here to support you through the process of coping with a diagnosis of dementia.  An understanding of your legal and financial priorities needs to be accompanied by truly comprehensive legal documents that take into account your health and your wishes, both now and in the future. To learn more about how we help our clients and their involved family members, contact our office at 860-769-6938.

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