Legendary musician Tony Bennett revealed Monday he has Alzheimer’s and has been battling the illness since 2016.
Even with Alzheimer’s affecting his short-term and long-term well being, Bennett continues to sing. He and Lady Gaga have recorded the follow-up to their 2014 duet album, “Cheek to Cheek,” and will probably be launched this spring, in line with AARP.
Gaga was conscious of Bennett’s condition whereas they recorded the album over the course of two years.
“The pain and sadness in Gaga’s face is clear at such moments — but never more so than in an extraordinarily moving sequence in which Tony (a man she calls “an incredible mentor, and friend, and father figure”) sings a solo passage of a love music,” the article states. “Gaga looks on, from behind her mic, her smile breaking into a quiver, her eyes brimming, before she puts her hands over her face and sobs.”
Bennett’s spouse, Susan Benedetto, instructed CBS News her husband is not in any ache and he nonetheless remembers her and their children.
He additionally nonetheless remembers Gaga, who Benedetto mentioned “is hard to forget.”
“He gets frustrated. And he doesn’t like being frustrated,” Benedetto mentioned. “He doesn’t like being confused. But none of the real negative things.”
Alzheimer’s — which doesn’t have a identified remedy — results in reminiscence loss over time, in line with the Alzheimer’s Association. People with extreme circumstances might lose their capacity to hold conversations or reply to their setting.
In 2014, there have been as many as 5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s, in line with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Bennett’s neurologist, Dr. Gayatri Devi at Manhattan’s Lenox Hill Hospital, mentioned performing stimulated his mind. But because the COVID-19 pandemic shut down dwell music, she mentioned, it led to the long-lasting crooner’s reminiscence weakening.
Music stimulates areas of the mind accountable for reminiscence, motion and temper, in line with a 2020 report from the Global Council on Brain Health.
Music has been a remedy for Bennett, who has gained 19 Grammy Awards in a profession spanning greater than 70 years. His spouse mentioned he sings for an hour to 75 minutes twice a week and doesn’t want cue playing cards.
“He’s devoted his whole life to the great American song book,” she instructed CBS News. “And now, the song book is saving him.”
Devi mentioned Bennett “really is the symbol of hope for someone with a cognitive disorder,” in line with AARP.
His final public efficiency was in March on the Count Basie Center for the Arts in New Jersey.