The legend of Penrith Simmons has Alzheimer’s disease | Canberra time

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Penrith legend and NRL premiership winner Royce Simmons has revealed he has Alzheimer’s disease. Simmons confirmed the news as he prepares to embark on a nearly 300km charity walk from his hometown of Goolagong to Penrith to raise money for Dementia Australia and raise awareness of the disease. The former Penrith captain said he was unsure whether the illness was linked to the multiple concussions he had suffered throughout his career. The 61-year-old is the latest rugby league player to confirm he has suffered a brain injury, with Steve Mortimer being the latest high-profile case last year. Simmons said he became aware of the problem when he forgot his wife bought a bottle of wine just minutes after visiting a store. This prompted him to consult a neurologist last June for tests. “The doctor said, ‘You told me you’ve had a few concussions over the years; there are some white marks that could be from the concussions,'” Simmons said in an interview with Neil Cadigan on the Panthers website. . “And I think, ‘That’s fine; just a few concussion marks.'” Then he pointed to another part of the brain and said, ‘Over here, it’s all Alzheimer’s. “It was as if someone had knocked me down. “The rest of the date is just a blur; I was so shocked, even though deep down I was afraid that something might appear. , leaving no doubt he can complete the 10-day march and arrive at Bluebet Stadium for the Panthers’ clash with North Queensland on May 27. a brace in their farewell grand final as the club won their first title in 1991. “You have all the statistics of people who have dementia or who die of it, but you have to multiply that by 10 or 20 people who suffer alongside them as well,” Simmons said. “I want to help raise funds for research as a sign of respect for the doctors who have worked so hard to find a cure or a successful treatment and all those people who suffer watching a loved one walk down the path of loss. who they once were.” Australian Associated Press

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