German football legend diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease

Posted under Blog on February 17th, 2012 by Editorial Team / No Comments

Macho German football legend Rudi Assauer recently revealed that he is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Assauer, aged 67, is famed for his career on and off the field with teams such as Borussia Dortmund.  He first experienced symptoms of Alzheimer’s as far back as 2004 when he was still manager for Schalke 04.

It is hoped that Assauer’s high profile status could help promote discussion of the illness, which is still surrounded by much taboo.

Hans-Jürgen Freter, from the German Alzheimer’s Society,described  getting an initial diagnosis for those affected as “crucial”, particularly as some of the classic signs of Alzheimer’s or dementia could be a result of more simple problems such as thyroid deficiencies.  

Although the disease cannot be cured, it can be treated with drugs to potentially delay progression of the disease.

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