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June 10, 2014
Issue #721
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From the Editor's Pen Gary Barg • Editor-in-Chief • gary@caregiver.com

Gary Barg

An Interview with Kate Mulgrew

Gary Barg:  You are an advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association. Could you tell us how you got involved and what your feelings are?

Kate Mulgrew:  I clearly got involved because it has affected me personally. My mother died of this disease about four years ago. It took her about nine years to die. I thought that the journey was so significantly awful that if I could elucidate it for anyone else, if I could somehow clarify it or ease it, I needed to step up to the plate. So it is a small, but I hope, an important way of giving something back. My mother shaped me. If I am anything, certainly in terms of my goodness, it is because of my mother.

Gary Barg:  Tell me about your mother, Joan.  She was a magnificent artist.

Kate Mulgrew:  She was a wonderful artist; but more importantly, she was the mother of eight children. She was an iconoclast. She was a maverick. She was probably the best read person I have ever known. She was amusing. She was irreverent. She was smart. She was marvelous. We went all over the world many times. She never missed a shoot. She never missed a play. She never missed a performance, and that is something to say when you have seven other children. She was not unfamiliar with great sorrow. She buried two of my sisters, which I think does not play a small role in traumatizing the brain in some way. All of this will be discovered; all of this will be unearthed, I hope in our lifetime, Gary. At any rate, she got this disease when she was 70-71 and it was just downhill  ...more

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From Kathleen in Seattle, WA: 
I've been a caregiver for my husband who has had strokes, a heart attack, diabetes and other issues. It is hard work! He is now in a skilled nursing facility getting good care. I am crossing my fingers he can stay there. Still, lots of loneliness on my part. Friends and family come and go, some understand and some don't want to. I appreciate honest feedback too!

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