Maureen McGovern has introduced that she’s been identified with a uncommon type of dementia.
The 73-year-old singer and Broadway actress, finest recognized for her rendition of “The Morning After,” stated that she’s been “identified with posterior cortical atrophy with signs of Alzheimer’s and/or dementia.” Posterior cortical atrophy refers back to the gradual and progressive degeneration of the outer layer of the mind.
McGovern shared the prognosis in an emotional video posted to her Fb account and transcribed to her web site on August nineteenth. “What I do, or what I’m nonetheless in a position to accomplish, has modified,” she stated. “I can now not journey or carry out in reside concert events. In reality, I can now not drive — how’s that for a kick within the butt?”
“At first, I started having hassle discovering, in my mind, the phrases I wished to say. I struggled with the inevitable shock with worry and albeit hopelessness,” McGovern added. Nonetheless, the artist ended her message with an air of hope. “My ardour for music, for singing, stays profoundly strong. To me, music is a language that expresses what usually can’t be stated with simply phrases — it elevates, expands, and heals — brings pleasure and luxury and may eradicate obstacles by creating significant experiences. So, accepting this new stage in my life, I started to embrace what I’ve and let or not it’s.”
Noting her experiences performing in hospices, prisons, and senior amenities, McGovern stated she deliberate to convey extra consideration and consciousness to the advantages of music remedy. “We’re all sufferers and care givers at a while in our lives. I’ve skilled how music and the humanities free our spirits and opens our hearts to our frequent humanity. I hope you’ll proceed to hitch me on these subsequent endeavors. Could all of your lives be stuffed with music. Be properly, be secure, and know you’re liked.” Watch the artist’s full video announcement beneath, and skim the transcription of the clip right here.
“The Morning After,” which appeared within the 1972 movie The Poseidon Journey, spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Sizzling 100 and earned an Academy Award for Finest Authentic Tune. McGovern was additionally nominated for Finest New Artist on the Grammys in 1974.