Ronald Reagan's Alzheimer's story By: Morgan Griffiths

Ronald Reagan was born on February 6, 1911, in Tampico, Illinois. During his childhood Reagan's family moved around to many different parts of Illinois because his father was a sales man. In 1937 Ronald Reagan did a screen test for the Warner Brothers movie studio. That same year the studio signed him to a contract. In the next three decades he appeared in over 50 movies. In 1964, Reagan stepped into the national political spotlight. In 1964, Reagan stepped into the national political spotlight, and 2 years later he became the 40th president of the U.S. After serving his full two terms as president he final left the white house in 1989. On June 5th, 2004 Reagan died at the age of 93.

In November of 1994 Reagan revealed a handwritten letter to the American people telling them that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease

Ronald Reagan's speech patterns gave undetected clues to his deteriorating mental state years before he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, according to new research from an American university. He used words like "thing" whenever he could not recall the correct noun. He also repeated himself more. Ron junior Ronald Reagan's son said that he saw his dad using note cards whenever he was making phone calls to people after being reelected. He says that's when he knew something was not right.

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