Margaret Thatcher Suffering From Dementia: Daughter

Multiple strokes, dementia taking their toll on former 'Iron lady' of Great Britain
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2008 12:55 PM CDT
Margaret Thatcher Suffering From Dementia: Daughter
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher shakes hands with former commander of the British Land Forces Falkland Islands, Gen. Sir Jeremy Moore in May.   (AP Photo/John Stillwell, Pool)

Britain’s Iron Lady is succumbing to the effects of multiple small strokes and progressive dementia, reports the Telegraph. Margaret Thatcher's daughter, Carol, writes in a memoir to be published in September and now being serialized in a British newspaper that the former prime minister, now 82, has struggled for nearly a decade.

“I had always thought of her as ageless, timeless and 100% cast-iron damage-proof," Carol Thatcher writes. Known for her "blotting paper memory," the elder Thatcher now forgets whom she's just lunched with, and even that her husband of more than 50 years, Denis, died of cancer in 2003. Carol Thatcher says that, although her mother lives in London, she more often thinks of her childhood home as her residence. (More Margaret Thatcher stories.)

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