Joanne Woodward is losing memories of late husband Paul Newman

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Paul and Joanne 1963 (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Joanne Woodward has Alzheimer’s and perhaps that’s all we need to know. Those of us who are familiar with the disease knows what that means, so description needed. Luckily there are pictures and movies of the iconic actress that will forever keep her in the best form but to her daughter’s it doesn’t matter how many pictures or movies there are because she’s mom and Alzheimer’s is taking her away and making them strangers. And if this article is perhaps the preparation for her and Paul’s fans. For anyone unfamiliar with Alzheimer’s Disease please go here and to learn more about Joanne’s film career, go here. Here is an excerpt from Closer Magazine about the beloved and famed actress.

Joanne Woodward is Losing Memories of Late Husband Paul Newman as She Suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease

“Her health is deteriorating rapidly,” a family insider confides to Closer. “Joanne will occasionally say she used to be married to someone handsome, but that’s it. She doesn’t even remember the love of her life.”

Shortly after Paul’s death from cancer in 2008 at age 83, Joanne began showing signs of distress. “The girls saw their mom becoming slightly disoriented, but they chalked it up to her depression after Paul’s death,” says the insider. But now the disease has progressed to such an extent that Joanne needs round-the-clock care. “She barely speaks anymore and hardly ever recognizes her own daughters or grandchildren,” says the insider. “It’s heartbreaking to see her this way.”

While they know she doesn’t recognize them, Joanne’s daughters — Nell, 56, Melissa, 53, and Claire, 50 — are steadfast in being there for their mom. “Melissa has been a godsend,” says the insider. She even lives in her parents’ former Connecticut home, next door to Joanne. The health care staff keeps all three daughters apprised of any progress, but it’s grim.

For a period, Joanne was being treated at Yale University’s Adler Geriatric Assessment Center, where a drug trial caused her to gain weight, but she won’t likely return. “She is so far gone that they feel she is reaching her end point,” the insider tells Closer.

Pamela

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Alzheimer’s Awareness Night with the New York Mets

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On Friday night, June 26 The New York Mets invite you to their 12th Annual Alzheimer’s Association Night. Come out and support the leading organization in Alzheimer’s care, the  Alzheimer’s Association. Cheer on the Mets with family, friends and supporters as they play Cincinnati at Citi-Field.

Purchase tickets online and sit together with family, friends, and fellow supporters in designated Promenade Infield, Field Box, and Metro Box seats. A portion of tickets sold through this online offer will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association of NYC.

It’s also FREE T-shirt Friday and all fans will receive a free shirt upon entering the ballpark.

To purchase tickets go to online here. Ticket prices are:

Promenade Infield $30
Field Reserved $43
Metropolitan Box $105

For more information, please contact Nicole Annese at 718-559-3020 or nannese@nymets.com.

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Two Months…Too Long

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Well I’ve slacked on writing on Confessions and I feel terrible. I love this blog, I love the potential in it and how my words can reach and help others. In days past, I’ve pulled up the site only to stare at the screen and go what now and where. I feel terrible that I haven’t written anything that I’m plain ‘ole stuck….stuck in my head. I’m a writer and this is not writer’s block, I think it’s life block.

I’m my own worse critic and when it comes to caregiving and Alzheimer’s advocacy there’s so much I want to do, I have my lists upon lists and when I feel, no, when I know I’m not doing enough with my writing or acting on my plans for advocacy, then well, I start spiraling and get back to stuck.

So this is my own kick in the butt……..AGAIN and I’m staring at the screen, but I’m going to write something even if it’s just hello.

Pamela

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Joey McIntyre Tells of Mom’s Alzheimer’s Battle

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DAN DOPERALSKI FOR VARIETYJoey McIntyre, yes that one from NKOTB, has been an Alzheimer’s Advocate ever since his mother was diagnosed with the disease. Unfortunately for McIntyre she passed away last year, and like many of us who are in the fight for awareness, a cure and raising funds, the fight continues after your loved one has passed. Perhaps you find yourself fighting even harder.

Joey McIntyre, yes that one from NKOTB, has been an Alzheimer’s Advocate ever since his mother was diagnosed with the disease. Unfortunately for McIntyre she passed away last year, and like many of us who are in the fight for awareness, a cure and raising funds, the fight continues after your loved one has passed. Perhaps you find yourself fighting even harder.

Last night, 3/18/15, he was honored as the Caregiver of the Year at the 23rd annual “A Night at Sardi’s” fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association in Beverly Hills, CA. Here’s an article that was in Variety.com about McIntyre’s journey.

By Seth Kelley

In 2013, musician and actor Joey McIntyre finished the Boston Marathon five minutes before the bombs went off at the finish line. Although he raised $40,000 for the Alzheimer’s Assn. by participating in the race, he couldn’t prevent a bomb from going off in his own life.

McIntyre has been running ever since his mother, Katherine, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s years earlier; she died from the disease late last year. On March 18 at the Beverly Hilton, the New Kids on the Block member and co-star of the Boston-set CBS sitcom “The McCarthys” will be honored as the Caregiver of the Year at the 23rd annual “A Night at Sardi’s” fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Assn.

The event, which has raised more than $25 million over the years, also is honoring the filmmakers and cast of “Still Alice,” which stars Oscar winner Julianne Moore as a linguistics professor battling the disease.

This year’s event is expected to include performances from Jim Parsons, Josh Gad and Beth Behrs, among many others.

McIntyre, who describes his mom as a “one-woman show,” said it was hard watching the woman he knew so well fight Alzheimer’s. “It’s difficult to accept watching your parent suffer from this kind of a disease,” said McIntyre, who explained that his mother loved the theater, so when the early stages of the illness caused her to act out, he thought she was just being dramatic. But when she got scared about what was happening, he knew something was wrong.

“She would get frightened and paranoid,” he said. “I had never seen my mother like that.”

The native Bostonian, who finished last year’s marathon in just over 3:48 while raising more money for the Alzheimer’s org, is no stranger to “A Night at Sardi’s,” having performed at the fundraiser. He says he’s flattered and humbled to accept his award on behalf of those who continue to battle the illness.

“I’m here to do whatever I can to find a cure for this disease,” he said resolutely. “I look forward to a day without Alzheimer’s.”

 

Read the piece online here: Variety.com

 

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