Scott Eastwood speaks up on his grandmother's Alzheimer's battle on World's Alzheimer's Day
Teaming up with Allergan, Clint Eastwood's son, Scott, recalls the vivid memories of his grandmother's disease and his mother's passive suffering.
Scott Eastwood has teamed up with Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN ) in honor of World Alzheimer's Day, September 21, and probably by doing so, he is trying to spread the word that the disease should not be ignored. The decision to partner with Allergan has come since Scott grew up watching his mother taking care of his grandmother who suffered from Alzheimer's. His grandmother had passed away when Scott was just 10-year-old.
Speaking to People, Eastwood revealed that it was difficult for him to watch his mother getting back home heartbroken every day for almost seven years. The 32-year-old confessed, "It takes a toll on the whole family. I know how hard it was to see my mom in so much pain having her mother forget who she is. I can’t even imagine having to go through that and having my mother and my father not remember who I am or not remember that I called the day before.” According to Allergan, every 65 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's disease, and Scott certainly understands that it is one of the toughest times in a person's life.
Scott had earlier told AOL, "It's such a tough time in people's lives, and I think first knowing that they're not alone and then going to this website and learning about all the resources they offer and how they can help with that process [can help them cope]." Growing up watching his mother practically take up the role of a caregiver, through the campaign, Scott is trying to spread the word that no caregiver- which includes those who watch their loved ones suffer from the disease and become passive victims to it- in the world will go unnoticed.
"By working with Allergan and their educational initiative LearnAboutAlz.com, I hope to use my platform to show caregivers across the nation that their hard work is not unnoticed, and that there is a community out there and many resources available to support them."
Addressing the wrong notion which most people have about Alzheimer's just being a disease of the old, he asserted the fact that it is actually "an every person disease." He further said: "I think the more we can be ahead of it and understand it, the better we will all be."
And that's exactly what he has been trying to do in association with Allergan, "We want to encourage people of all ages to learn more about the disease on the website, and to join me by getting involved in the conversation on World Alzheimer's Day on social media." In their own statement, Allergan has thanked Scott for his support and for sharing his story which has helped them work further with their initiative.