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April 01, 2013

Gordie Howe's Health In Decline

Sad news one day after Mr. Hockey's 85th birthday. Mark Howe has revealed that his dad Gordie Howe's mental health is deteriorating quickly:

There has been a “big decline” in Gordie Howe’s mental health, the hockey legend’s son, Mark, revealed.

Gordie, who celebrated his 85th birthday Sunday, can’t be left alone any more as his dementia increasingly takes over.

“I think his memory might be down to two minutes, maybe five on a good day,” Mark told the Detroit Free Press.

Although still physically strong, Gordie has to be cared for by family and friends.

“All you have to do is make oatmeal for him in the morning, then have a cookie or apple pie or chocolate ice cream before bed, and then he’s happy,” Mark said. “But if it's not someone that he knows who’s with him, he really struggles.

“He was watching the Wings game the other night, and after two periods he put on his coat and made to leave. He said he was going to see Sid Abel at the end of the street. That’s the first I’d heard of that kind of thing. But that's the stage he's at.”

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