Former President Ronald Reagan's son Ron Reagan has made claims that his father may have suffered from Alzheimer's while in office.
In November 1994, the late president wrote a letter to the people of the United States; he'd been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
His son, however, has made new claims, which have fueled old claims, saying his father may have suffered during his presidency.
After the diagnosis was made, people had immediately wondered if he indeed did suffer in office. The four main White House doctors during his presidency have all vouched for Reagan's soundness of mind during his tenure in office. All of the allegations back then (and by his son) are due to Reagan's known forgetfulness. In a debate during the 1984 campaign, he became confused, repeating his words and even forgetting his role in the Iran-contra affair.
Ron Reagan said this on page 205 of his book, My Father at 100: A Memoir:
"Watching the first of his two debates with 1984 Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale, I began to experience the nausea of a bad dream coming true. At 73, Ronald Reagan would be the oldest president ever reelected. Some voters were beginning to imagine grandpa—who can never find his reading glasses—in charge of a bristling nuclear arsenal, and it was making them nervous. Worse, my father now seemed to be giving them legitimate reason for concern. My heart sank as he floundered his way through his responses, fumbling with his notes, uncharacteristically lost for words. He looked tired and bewildered."
Reagan, along with every other Alzheimer's sufferer, went through the horrors of watching his mind go fuzzy. Unlike others with Alzheimer's, he may have been the President of the United States with it.