Hockey Legend Stan Mikita battling with Dementia
As the Chicago Blackhawks hoisted the 2015 Stanley Cup, many veteran Chicago fans remembered the playing days of the legendary Stan Mikita, unfortunately for Mikita all those memories were robbed by dementia. According to reports published on several sport media outlets, the 9 times All-star and 1961 Stanley Cup winner has lost almost all memories of his playing days.
Stan Mikita, perhaps one of the greatest Blackhawks’ player in the organization’s history, earned his legendary status thanks to a long and loyal career where he only played for the Chicago team for a total of 22 Seasons, becoming the all-time points leader and earning him a place in the NHL Hall of fame and in the hearts and minds of Chicago Hockey fans.
According to reports published by the Chicago Tribune, Mikita is battling with dementia, and most of his memories are now all but lost. At age 75, Mikita is suffering from a condition that is affecting more than 3 million people in the United States alone, one that hinders the affected individuals’ quality of life to a large extent. Many requiring for the aid of a caregiver or assisted living, because they might loose a grip on reality and their surroundings.
For the past six months Mikita has been in an undisclosed Chicago health facility, exercising and eating, dealing with the everyday struggles that a person his age (75) with dementia has to endure. The Chicago Tribune article also tells the tale of how relentless and overwhelming this condition can be. Just this past December, Stan Mikita was a fully functioning human being. Going to charity events and being a part of the Chicago Blackhawks organization. But since then, the world got turned upside down for him and his family. And in a matter of months his mental health had a “sharp decline”. His memory began to fade away, until it was almost completely gone.
Like Stan Mikita, millions of Americans are struggling and losing their memories and identities due to dementia, and according to recent studies, that number is expected to grow with the coming years. Which is why it is important and very necessary to continue to raise awareness on the truth behind dementia, and Mikita and his family are now hoping that his case will continue to shed light on this important health subject.
It has been made public that Mikita has wished for his brain to be donated for research after he dies, in hopes to be of help in the ever going quest by science to reach answers to the many questions and uncertainties that surround Dementia.
Nostalgic hockey fans cherish the memories of the great Stan Mikita wearing number 21 leading the Blackhawks with other legends like Bobby Hull and Phil Esposito. Sadly, those memories are now gone for Mikita.