09 Mar Nancy Reagan: She Helped Lead Fight Against Alzheimer’s
During her husband Ronald Reagan’s presidency from 1981 to 1989, former movie star Nancy Reagan was one of the most stylish and influential first ladies ever. But arguably, Mrs. Reagan, who passed away March 6 at age 94 in Los Angeles, made just as big an impact upon America after she and her husband left the White House.
When the former president was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1994, Mrs. Reagan helped her husband write a poignant letter that revealed his plight to the public. For the next 10 years, she remained almost constantly by his side, becoming the nation’s highest-profile Alzheimer’s caregiver. In addition, she became an important activist and leader in the fight to find a cure for the dreaded neurological disorder.
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