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Famous Celebrity Makes Public Family’s Fight with Alzheimer’s Disease

There have been many famous celebrities who have battled Alzheimer’s disease Rita Hayworth, Peter Falk, Sugar Ray Robinson and Glen Campbell, to name a few. 
Most recently, Dallas born actor Owen Wilson has spoken publically about his father’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) for the first time.

Wilson spoke openly on Dallas Morning News describing his experience with Alzheimer’s disease in his family.

Wilson told Dallas Morning News: “It’s one of those things where if somebody had said 10 years ago, when my dad and I were joking around, having a putting match, that this is the position your dad’s going to be in, where he basically needs 24-hour care, you’d think, ‘Gosh, I won’t be able to handle that. That’s just not possible,’ “It is a rough thing,” Wilson went on to say. “But it does happen. Such things just happen in life.”

Wilson described his experience growing up: “there just wasn’t a bigger influence on us,” He went on to say that he and his brothers turned exclusively to their father for advice and comfort.
Wilson’s father, Bob Wilson is 74 years old.  He worked as an executive managing a public television station in Dallas.  He was responsible for hiring Jim Lehrer, host to a very popular news show called “The News Hour with Jim Lehrer.” 

According to Wilson, when referring to his father’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis he stated: “You just have to do your best to deal with it. You’ve got no choice but to accept it. Then, you sort of still look for the things to be grateful for.”

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