KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Former Congressman Dennis Moore, who represented Kansas for 12 years in the U.S. House, has announced he has Alzheimer’s.
Moore, a Democrat from Kansas’ 3rd District, says in a statement that he is in the “early phases of Alzheimer’s disease” and that he received the final diagnosis in June 2011. The 66-year-old said he hopes to help “others in the same situation” by making his illness public.
Moore, who did not seek re-election in 2010 after holding the seat since 1998, said he wanted to help draw attention to Alzheimer’s and early onset dementia. He and his wife, Stephene, plan to work with a local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Stephene Moore sought to replace her husband in Congress in 2010, but was defeated by Rep. Kevin Yoder, a Republican.