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Aussie golf legend Jack Newton reveals Alzheimer’s diagnose

POSTED ON October 19, 2020 @ 7:36 pm

Australian golf icon Jack Newton has revealed he is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and has taken up a healthy lifestyle to fight the illness.

The 70-year-old has abstained from drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes for 18 months while exercising and taking medication in an effort to battle the disease.

The 1978 Buick-Goodwrench Open PGA Tour champion was in July 2019 diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, which took his father Jack Snr’s life.

Newton’s family say he is up to the challenge and won’t back down.

New Challenge

‘He’s been a drinker and a smoker since his late teens. To give it all away cold turkey is incredible. This is his new challenge,’ Newton’s son Clint told The Daily Telegraph.

He was in a coma for several days after the incident and spent eight weeks in intensive care, where doctors gave him a 50 per cent chance of survival.

Newton’s family said he is channelling the same grit and determination from the accident in his fight with Alzheimer’s and is making healthy lifestyle changes to give him the best chance of survival.

Alzheimer’s has been thrust upon him but he’s up for the fight. The perception of dad was always a character and a bloke who enjoyed a beer and a smoke. That’s not him anymore. He still wants to be the best he can be for mum and his grandchildren,’ Clint said.

Moving for treatment

Newton and his wife Jacky are selling their acreage near Newcastle named Augusta to move to Merewether for treatment of the disease.

He is suffering from short term memory loss and struggles to complete some sentences.

Clint has taken over as chairman of the Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation and said his father’s fight is far from over.

‘I can guarantee one thing – he won’t give up,’ he said.

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