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Margaret Thatcher Diagnosed With Dementia

by @ 6:16 pm on August 25, 2008. Filed under In The News

Sad news from England regarding one of the iconic figures of the latter three-quarters of the 20th Century:

LONDON — Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher — once known as one of the world’s most formidable political minds — has been suffering from dementia for the past seven years, according to her daughter, Carol.

Carol Thatcher tells in her memoirs of how her 82-year-old mother, nicknamed the “Iron Lady” for her tough reputation, often struggles to remember things and repeats questions.

In a memoir serialized in the Mail on Sunday newspaper, her daughter paints a picture of a very different woman from the political heavyweight who strutted the world stage in the 1980s.

“The woman who had dominated discussions for so long could no longer lead debates or keep up with the thread of a drinks-party conversation,” she wrote.

“On bad days, she could hardly remember the beginning of a sentence by the time she got to the end.”

Of course, the same thing happened to her compatriot Ronald Reagan.

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