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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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

 

A Note to Caregivers From Leeza Gibbons

leeza-gibbons This is a previous post that Leeza wrote for Confessions. After her win on Celebrity Apprentice, I figured it would be great to share again with my readers.

Leeza’s words:

How are you? Thanks so much for your advocacy in the Alzheimer’s community (and for your Twitter support!)….I thought maybe I would provide this little tidbit…for your blog. Again, we are all appreciative of your voice! Thanks Pamela!

“Especially during the busy holidays when stressors are maxed out, caregivers need to find their “sanity sanctuaries”. These are the places, people or things that bring you back to calmness and control. They are non-negotiable. For me it’s a five minute walk, a cup of coffee away from the phone and computer, my bath at night. Come up with your list and protect if fiercely. Figure out what you can do to mitigate that dreaded sense of overwhelm that you know is coming and plan for it. Remember that you can change your psychology by changing your energy through purposeful breathing. So slow things down with 10 deep breaths which can lower your heart rate, pump some oxygen to your brain, lower your blood pressure and put you back in control of your thoughts. THAT is the only thing we can control anyway, right? Why not release the rest? Show up, do your best, let go of the rest! Know that even if you get off track, your Sanity Sanctuaries are always there for you to reclaim yourself and move forward”

Ever Forward,

Leeza

Seth Rogen’s Impassioned Yet Funny Plea for Alzheimer’s Awareness, Opens Up About His Mother-In-Law’s Struggle With Alzheimer’s

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There are no words to describe HOW filled I am with joy, tears, pride, etc. to see this  video of actor/writer/director Seth Rogen addressing the Senate committee about Alzheimer’s. This disease has such a stigma that we are working to remove and all I can say is “thank you” “thank you” Seth for not fearing to be a voice and a champion for Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness. As he said awareness needs to be yelled and screamed!!

Seth  opened up today before a Senate committee in Washington about his family’s own personal battles with the disease. Click on the above image to see the full video or go to http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/video/seth-rogans-impassioned-funny-plea-alzheimers-awareness-22690205