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Technology Former MP Lisa Raitt credits John Mann for public journey with early-onset Alzheimer's

22:27  22 november  2019
22:27  22 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

Former MP Lisa Raitt credits John Mann for public journey with early-onset Alzheimer's

  Former MP Lisa Raitt credits John Mann for public journey with early-onset Alzheimer's Former Milton MP Lisa Raitt is extending her gratitude to the late John Mann for bravely documenting his journey with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.Raitt's husband Bruce Wood was diagnosed with the disease in 2016 at the age of 56.

Former Milton MP Lisa Raitt is extending her gratitude to the late John Mann for bravely documenting his journey with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

Raitt's husband Bruce Wood was diagnosed with the disease in 2016 at the age of 56.

During an interview Friday on Metro Morning, Raitt said she and Wood had been closely following Mann during his final years as a source of inspiration and comfort.

"For me to watch them openly talk about it was incredibly important," Raitt said.

"It allows me, in a strange way, to try to understand what the path forward is for Bruce and I as we go along in our progression as well."

John Mann of Spirit of the West dead at 57

  John Mann of Spirit of the West dead at 57 "Surrounded by friends and loving family until the end, all were reminded of John’s rich legacy," the band said in a message posted to its Facebook page . READ MORE: Spirit of the West’s John Mann lends his voice to Alzheimer’s Society music project "He was a potent force in music, acting — onstage, in movies and on television, and was world renowned as a songwriter. As well, he was a foresightful activist and charitable figure for several worthwhile organizations. "His work will resound long after his untimely passing. Mann suffered from early onset Alzheimer's.

You can listen to Raitt's conversation with Metro Morning host Matt Galloway below.

Mann, the frontman of folk-rock band Spirit of the West, died Wednesday in Vancouver at age 57. He was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's in 2014.

Around 16,000 Canadians live with the rare disease. It is defined as early-onset when a diagnosis is made before the age of 65.

Raitt prefers to use the term "young onset" to refer to the disease, which she said better emphasizes its devastating timing.

"Young onset is incredibly isolating and a very lonely disease," Raitt said.

a person standing in front of a building: Conservative deputy leader Lisa Raitt said she and her husband hope to provide similar inspiration to families struggling with early-onset Alzheimer's.© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Conservative deputy leader Lisa Raitt said she and her husband hope to provide similar inspiration to families struggling with early-onset Alzheimer's.

In 2016, Mann took part in the documentary Spirit Unforgettable, in which he discusses the struggles and challenges of living with the disease.

He also continued performing after his diagnosis, though he sometimes had to read from an iPad while on stage to not forget his lyrics.

Mann's wife, the playwright Jill Daum, also wrote a stage production about a family's experience with a degenerative disease.

"It's invaluable because there's not a lot of people you can lean on," Raitt said of the family's openness.

She said those projects have inspired her and Wood to continue speaking out while their family continues on a similar path.

"That's a gift that we can give to the world," Raitt added.

Man with Alzheimer's dies after alleged altercation at Trois-Rivières long-term care home .
The man was in hospital in critical condition after he was allegedly pushed to the ground by a security guard on Friday. He died Sunday morning.On Friday, the victim's son, Marc Bastien, received a call from the Centre Roland-Leclerc. They told him his father had fallen, that his nose was bleeding, that he was vomiting and they were monitoring him.

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