Tony Bennett, the iconic jazz and ballad singer, has been battling Alzheimer's Disease since 2016.
In a lengthy article published by the AARP, it revealed that Bennett - now 94 - is using his extraordinary singing talents to combat the degenerative illness. Although Alzheimer's can impact people's emotional state, sometimes involving fits of rage or sadness, Bennett appears to have sidestepped some of the more extreme manifestations of the illness.
In documentary footage of his recording sessions with Lady Gaga for their follow-up album to 'Cheek To Cheek', Bennett appears to be much more muted in off-mic moments than before. That said, Bennett is still able to sing to his heart's content whenever given the chance.
Dr. Gayatri Devi, who diagnosed Bennett in 2016, said that the singer is "doing so many things, at 94, that many people without dementia cannot do. He really is the symbol of hope for someone with a cognitive disorder."
Indeed, Dr. Devi and Bennett's wife were both open about how the singer would spring back to his normal self as soon as he's on stage. "It kept him on his toes and also stimulated his brain in a significant way," Dr. Devi told the AARP.
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