Tony Christie calls music his ‘remedy’ amid dementia prognosis

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Tony Christie on BBC Breakfast (BBC)

Singer Tony Christie has opened up on his dementia prognosis and has vowed to maintain performing because it’s his “remedy”.

The 79-year-old star, greatest identified for hit single (Is This The Manner To) Amarillo, announced on 13 January he had been diagnosed with the degenerative mind situation, which impacts reminiscence and mobility.

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However showing on BBC Breakfast at this time, Christie stated he has no intention of slowing down, saying a live performance in April to mark his eightieth birthday.

He additionally credit his love of music as a type of remedy to assist him keep in mind issues, studying ‘to not panic’ in regards to the prognosis and as an alternative specializing in protecting busy.

Tony Christie performs on stage (PA)

Tony Christie performs on stage (PA)

“I am beginning my large, large, large tour this yr, so I’ll be very, very busy, however I am trying ahead to it,” he stated. “Music really, I came upon, is a part of a remedy for dementia. So each time I’m going on stage and work, it is serving to me.”

With impending performances, Christie added there shall be aids on stage ought to he begin to battle together with his again catalogue, which dates again to 1967.

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“I’ve acquired a TV display on onstage as a remembrance. I do not all the time have a look at it, [it’s] in case I all of the sudden suppose ‘what is the phrases?’ however more often than not it is there, it is like insurance coverage,” he defined.

“However I handle to get by my reveals simply nice.”

Hamburg, Germany. 27th Oct, 2022. Tony Christie, English musician, singer and actor, comes to the gala premiere on the occasion of the new season of vaudeville at the Hansa Theater. Credit: Georg Wendt/dpa/Alamy Live News

Tony Christie (Georg Wendt/dpa/Alamy Dwell Information)

Christie finally stated his greatest motivation was simply simply preserve calm and keep it up, and hopes his story will show to be an inspiration to others who might have the identical prognosis.

“I’ve simply been to specialists they usually gave me tablets after which you understand, they’ve step by step labored and that the recommendation to people who find themselves nervous about it’s to go and see a specialist and get on tablets,” he stated, feeling constructive developments in medical care may show life-changing sooner or later.

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“I’ve acquired a sense that inside just a few years, there shall be tablets that may remedy it. So I simply keep it up working.”

“I checked out it this manner. Like ‘nicely, when you begin worrying about it, you are completed’,” Christie concluded. “Ignore it, keep it up and do what you do, and that is what I counsel anyone else who’s acquired it.”

BBC Breakfast airs weekdays from 6am on BBC One.

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