Ron Hill is an inspirational 79 year old man that lives in the UK. He is known for his running career where he not only took gold for Britain in the Olympics of 1970 but he also holds an awe inspiring daily mile running streak of 52 years. He is physically in wonderful health but was recently diagnosed with Dementia. Ron is looking at this diagnosis as a challenge and a way to inspire an even greater group of people. He is refusing to let this health condition stop him. He also isn’t taking the embarrassed mind set that plagues many dementia patients because he didn’t do a thing to deserve this disease and there isn’t a thing he can do to change it. Ron has the support of his wife, sons, and friends and continues to keep up with his active lifestyle. While his short term memory has been effected and he requires reminders of what the day is or what had happened during the week, his long term memory is still fine. He recalls his running career and all its glory. He is determined to fight back with the same attitude he has had all his life; determination, perseverance, and most of all joy.
- 1Olympian Ron Hill faces a new challenge – Dementia diagnosis.
- 2Ron’s positive mind-set is an inspiration to all those with dementia and the people who love those with dementia.
- 3Doing away with the stigma and shame of a Dementia diagnosis is important for all of us.
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