Annabel Bowlen, wife of Broncos owner, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s also

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Four years after Broncos owner Pat Bowlen announced he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, his wife is delivering the same news.

According to Mike Klis of KUSA, Annabel Bowlen issued a statement saying that she to has been diagnosed with the progressive brain disease.

“I recently learned that I’ve joined my husband Pat and the millions of others who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease,’’ she said. “Since Pat’s diagnosis, I have gained a vivid understanding of this disease’s progression and its effect on those living with it as well as their families. My family and I have been—and will remain—dedicated supporters of Alzheimer’s awareness, treatment and research funding. . . .

“I decided to make my diagnosis public right away in the hope that it continues to raise awareness for those battling Alzheimer’s and their loved ones. With June also being Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, the timing was right for me to share this personal update with everyone.’’

The Broncos have been held by a trust since Pat Bowlen’s diagnosis, as the family prepares a succession plan, with team president Joe Ellis running the team. That process has had its ups and downs, and now the family has to deal with the double grief of having another family member struck with one of the cruelest diseases imaginable.

24 responses to “Annabel Bowlen, wife of Broncos owner, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s also

  1. Gosh that is tough. Any of us that have dealt with this in a loved one knows just how hard it it is. Prayers and best wishes to that whole family for the ordeal they are heading into.

  2. The big cholesterol hoax is the main reason for a huge spike in Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

    Your brain is 60% cholesterol, yet they keep lowering the bar so they can tag everyone as having high cholesterol and in need of Lipitor or some other drug.

  3. You don’t really get Alzheimers in your late 60s (Annabel) or 70s (Pat), you get is old age. As you get older the biological clock of some of your organs age faster than others. Not long ago 65+ was deemed a long life, but with extended lifespans sometimes the body outlasts the brain and when it occurs the snake-oil quacks convert these mere aging conditions into “incurable diseases” for endless money. It also helps break the mental-health taboo by having “a medical condition” rather than being deemed a forgetful old fool as was sadly once the case.

    As my 88yr old grandpa was in his last few months he got successively diagnosed with a whole slew of major stuff, one every few weeks, like pagets and alzheimers. Obviously, it additionally alarmed us, until a senior doc explained it was sadly just the body finally breaking down and expressing symptoms that match all these conditions, which were only being noticed because of his unusually extended time in a very attentive ward of a top teaching hospital (which it was).

  4. The presence of Alzheimers Disease can only be determined at an autopsy. But be it Alzheimers or Dementia. It doesn’t matter, it is still a very sad situation. I worked for seven years, on an Alzheimers unit. I watched once healthy, active, smart, and loving people deteriorate, into wondering, confused, babbling people.
    This is indeed a sad situation. I pray that God will be with this family, and guide them thru this difficult time.

  5. @ joetoronto, streetyson:
    One of the side effects of lipitor, and other cholesterol reducing drugs is memory loss. My wife was prescribed it, not because of hgh levels but due to minor buildup in her heart. In three months, she was diagnosed with early Alzheimers. I had a friend tell me he had the same symptoms, quit the Lipitor, took six months to get back to normal. The wife quit her meds and about 5 months later, the Alzeimers was gone. She is 54.
    I agree totally with both of you. Part of it is doctors trying to cover their butts, part of it is the addiction by people to meds trying to fix imaginary problems, or wanting to be like they were as teenagers physically.

  6. I was wondering about the succession plan…
    Does John Elway have the resources to become the next owner of the Broncos?
    God Bless you Mr. and Mrs. Bowlen.

  7. Yep, decades of USDA experts telling us that milk, eggs, and all fats are bad for us, only to get up one morning and announce the opposite. As someone who had to choke down watery “skim” milk throughout public school, I’m just glad the science is settled. Again.

  8. streetyson says:
    June 27, 2018 at 9:08 am
    You don’t really get Alzheimer’s in your late 60s (Annabel) or 70s (Pat), you get is old age. As you get older the biological clock of some of your organs age faster than others. Not long ago 65+ was deemed a long life, but with extended lifespans sometimes the body outlasts the brain and when it occurs the snake-oil quacks convert these mere aging conditions into “incurable diseases” for endless money. It also helps break the mental-health taboo by having “a medical condition” rather than being deemed a forgetful old fool as was sadly once the case.

    As my 88yr old grandpa was in his last few months he got successively diagnosed with a whole slew of major stuff, one every few weeks, like pagets and alzheimers. Obviously, it additionally alarmed us, until a senior doc explained it was sadly just the body finally breaking down and expressing symptoms that match all these conditions, which were only being noticed because of his unusually extended time in a very attentive ward of a top teaching hospital (which it was).

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    Spend the day at a memory care facility (for Alzheimer’s patients) and then report back to us that Alzheimer’s isn’t really a thing. A lot of people will be in for the shock of their lives when they learn the monthly bill at a memory care facility runs several thousand dollars a month. Medicare does not pay any of this. There are SOME facilities that accept Medicaid patients if the patient qualifies financially (meaning basically zero assets). So for those who will need Medicaid assistance for a situation like this, be really careful what you wish for with states and feds slashing healthcare assistance for the needy. (At the rate of 5 grand a month, for starters, you will be needy a lot sooner than you were planning on being needy.) Also, much thanks and respect to the many nurses and caregivers at these facilities. There are some true angels among them.

  9. joetoronto makes a very intelligent (IMO) post and he gets downvoted for it. The posters on this site, in general, leave a lot to be desired. They want to sell you drugs people….you seriously dont know that in 2018??

  10. Civil rights, contract law, politics, and now health and medicine? Is there any subject PFT’s regular posters AREN’T experts on???

  11. tonyzendejas says:
    June 27, 2018 at 10:23 am

    Civil rights, contract law, politics, and now health and medicine? Is there any subject PFT’s regular posters AREN’T experts on???
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    Most of them don’t see that Goodell is a compulsive liar.

  12. tonyzendejas says:
    June 27, 2018 at 10:23 am
    Civil rights, contract law, politics, and now health and medicine? Is there any subject PFT’s regular posters AREN’T experts on???
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    You mean people who function in all aspects of society have other fields of expertise outside of football? HOW DARE THEY!!!!!!

  13. There is a huge difference between old age as some put it and Alzheimer. The brain of normal aged person and that of an Alzheimer patient look very different. Not the same condition.

  14. widerightyouloseagain says:
    The cholesterol hoax is real and the main reason so many are switching back to butter from margarine.

    -Always hated margarine. Switched back to Butter in 2001 after a “Good Eats” episode.

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