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The Enid's Robert John Godfrey Alzheimers Diagnosis

While he is still in the early stages of the disease, the 66-year-old founder of the long-running band says he will retire, and is confident the band can carry on without him. He was one of the original members, and has remained the only constant since its beginnings in 1974.

by Jon Davis, Published 2014-02-02

From the BBC:

"I have had a great life doing nothing but music - I lost any fear of death many years ago and the story of my life will come full circle as indeed it must," he said.
Godfrey, who plays keyboards, said he went to the doctor after a "scary episode" in his car when he forgot how to get home.
"I was diagnosed with minimal cognitive impairment - I've still got all my marbles, but I'm not as fluent in marshalling my thoughts or remembering names and places.
"Creatively, it's unlikely I'll have problems with my ability to play until the very end.
"I'm hopeful I'm not somebody who will descend into frustration and anger and start throwing things.
"I hope I'll just gradually sink in to childhood and be a happy little thing, but there's no way of knowing how this is going to pan out."


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