Saturday 16 December 2017

Editorial: Decision to speak about Reynolds's Alzheimer's battle is courageous

Former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds at the Fianna Fail Ard Fheis in 1992. JOHN CARLOS
Former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds at the Fianna Fail Ard Fheis in 1992. JOHN CARLOS

Alzheimer's, a disease that recognises no boundaries, has left us with a generation of people living in a lost world. Among them is the former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds, who played such a pivotal role in the peace process.

So the decision by businessman Philip Reynolds to talk with honesty about his father's ailment is to be commended.

There are coping families all over Ireland quietly trying to care for loved ones stricken with this awful ailment, many feeling isolated and alone. The fact that others have their own burden to carry may not be much of a consolation, but it may give them some succour to know that at least they are not alone.

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