Ronald Reagan: My Disappearing Dad

Alzheimer’s, more than any other disease, sends entire families, even presidential ones, adrift on unfamiliar seas with no way to navigate the journey. One former first daughter recalls the unfamiliar tides.

by Patti Davis • columnist
patti davis with ronald reagan image
Patti Davis with her father, President Ronald Reagan, share a moment at the White House.
Photograph: Courtesy Ronald Reagan Library

Patti has contributed to numerous magazines and newspapers over the past 20 years, and one of her screenplays, Sacrifices of the Heart, was produced by Hallmark in 2007. She has just finished a script about a fictional First Daughter, and is working on another novel titled The Myth of Water. 

She recently started a program of support groups at UCLA for family members of Alzheimer's patients to give people a place in which to share their emotions and struggles. For more information, call 310-825-8253.


Related: Patti Davis: My Body, Then and Now

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All photos courtesy of the Ronald Reagan Library. 

First Published November 23, 2011

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