Kris Kristofferson, 79, is a noted singer, songwriter, and actor. Some time ago, doctors diagnosed him as having Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia. However, he did not have Alzheimer’s disease. He had Lyme disease, for which he is currently being treated successfully. Lyme disease is an infectious disease spread by ticks. Symptoms of chronic Lyme disease include cognitive issues like slowed thinking and memory problems, which can lead to misdiagnoses of dementia. Lyme disease is commonly treated with antibiotics.
- Lyme disease is caused by bacteria and is transmitted when people are bitten by infected blacklegged or deer ticks.
- After a person is bitten by an infected tick, a bull’s eye rash will appear within 30 days.
- Headaches, muscle and joint pain are among the physical symptoms of Lyme disease, but it can also cause cognitive problems.
“The problem with Lyme is that it’s often misdiagnosed and left untreated. This is what happened to Kris Kristofferson, songwriter and actor.”