David Cassidy Reveals Battle with Dementia

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David Cassidy has revealed that he is battling dementia and The Doctors share more about the memory loss disease.

The 66-year-old singer and "The Partridge Family" star told People magazine, "I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming." The star has decided to stop touring to his condition. "I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I’ve been without any distractions,” he said. “I want to love. I want to enjoy life.” In recent concert footage, the singer is seen forgetting words to songs while performing and appearing confused while on stage.

Watch: What Are the Warning Signs of Dementia?

Earlier this year David visited our show to speak about his past battles with addiction and an eyesight issue, where the signs of his dementia began appearing. "We were worried about David during his visit. He was slurring words, answering questions erratically," ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says, explaining that portions of his interview went unaired. "In retrospect, it all makes sense." 

We welcome neurologist Dr. Benjamin Emanuel to speak further about the crippling disease.

"The signs of dementia are very subtle. It's problems with memory and speaking," he says, explains that there could be other things at play regarding his David's health nothing that many people with dementia are also suffering from depression. "It's a slow lack of the ability to think," he continues.

Watch: Overlooked Signs of Alzheimer's Disease

Dr. Emanuel also notes that some people with dementia forget simple learned tasks like brushing your teeth and combing your hair as well.

The Doctors' hearts go out to David and we are glad to see that he is taking time off to focus on his health. For more resources on dementia, click here