Transcript for Leeza Gibbons Living With Alzheimer's
I've -- welcome to show -- father and we're back my guest today will be well known to you've seen her for many years on TV. Leeza Gibbons. -- is the host of American now which is a nightly news... See More
I've -- welcome to show -- father and we're back my guest today will be well known to you've seen her for many years on TV. Leeza Gibbons. -- is the host of American now which is a nightly news magazine program which is also the host of the PBS show called my generation. Is welcome to -- Thank you are happy to be here I read that here recently remarried and what was most intriguing to me is it was a very private family affair but your two children Goddard and ministers that they could officiate at the -- I've got three children there are only the three of them and my has -- -- myself. At the wedding. And my two older children who are adults. Said well if we really just wanted to be a family affair then you don't we could get a retained and we could perform the ceremony. And it was so special. It was so. You know there are very few moments in life and I've never found it played out. Exactly and you hadn't envisioned in your mind I don't really think they're going to be officiating in any other events -- I don't think and take of your territory at all -- -- -- -- not a negotiation and I can look at. It's nice music doesn't mean a lot about your work life story -- about it. And I was -- particularly. That -- -- interaction with this whole clause. Team record personal accounts of your mother contracting out. Hammers us. We didn't want to accept it so we went denial like some people do and then we just got lost in overwhelmed and we isolated inward depressed and all of the very common things that happen to families happened to us what we're the first signs issues civic leaders haven't lapses in memory you know what was it that's said -- is something wrong. She was repeating herself. She -- -- Behave differently in social situations my mother loved to be around people and she started acting in secure in -- situations. She would lose things. But mostly it was the repetition. Which caused me to say to my siblings -- -- my. Mom's drinking. And I think that we really need to help her. And even though I had seen her care for her mother with alzheimer's disease I immediately said -- -- candidate Betty Ford somewhere like that wouldn't work a month alcoholism. And my mother was incredibly courageous because she knew where she was headed and she actually the -- that. Kind of -- had Pakistan because she said look I paid this bill three times. And something's wrong and that was the beginning ever. I think what I would find most difficult is that the person is before you and yet they start to forget even who you wore when she forgot probably US her daughter rates. One of the hardest. Moments of my life really when she -- use action nicely -- who you know. He was stabbed to heart the you know this is not a disease it's it fits with count blessings and that's with out incredible lessons. And my kids who -- -- dear dear to adults now in 114 year old they were younger at the time and they learned as I did that. A heart never forget that's you know that love transcends. The ability to recall our relationship that you felt compelled to act in some way to help those who may be caring for those of alzheimer's. And tell me what the beginnings were -- that. You know -- had been on television for a couple of decades when my mom was diagnosed and it was actually a reporter. Who. Had discovered in and called us and said do you want to do. A story about it and magazine and my mother said honey. You're a storyteller. And consistent story so obvious to her. And she said -- talent and make it count. And so as we journeyed through her decline. We ultimately. Found a way to offer in the world what we wish we had. During our process. And that ultimately became at least we formed a nonprofit we. Open -- centers that are really just living rooms. Modeled after my mom's kind of life -- he has -- always open them. Hugs are always given out along with the coffee and she always had time sit down and talk to you. And sell at least this place is an oasis for family -- so we help care for the -- Doesn't a wonderful resource and we -- wanted to get information sometimes my experience in dealing with people who struggle and families with us. Fifty feel so alone and isolated and I -- Think -- -- universal. Experience and some people never get out of and we try to encourage families to know that. It's a sign of great strength to -- limits it is really courageous act to -- I can't do this alone because I don't believe anyone should do it alone I think -- need to identify your team you know caregivers take very shallow breaths. Caregivers get more depressed. During the experience they -- more at risk for a lot of autoimmune diseases than on heart disease hypertension all kinds of thanks so. When we wrote take your oxygen first bout was the reason for the title. You know you have to just like they say on the plane. Put your mask on first before you help someone -- -- better care for the caregiver translates to better outcomes for the care receiver. But we do feel guilty I've never known a caregiver who didn't feel guilty. I often deal with people in ministry situations who -- giving care -- -- alzheimer's patients and their personal faith. And their belief in god in the belief that they're not alone has really sustain them and I don't know much about your own spirituality but I think do you see spirituality is something that can influence. Someone in this whole process dramatic. And the families that we talk with at least -- -- Most of them have as a common core. Their faith whatever it is that they believe then it becomes a key component. To how well they do and they they weather the storms. With much more resilience and. You've seen a lot of changes. -- dollars and from Entertainment Tonight so what you're doing now. What's your read on that the state of television today as compared to -- its ban in your career. I love a great debate. I love controversy I think that is one of the great roles of television. But the mean spiritedness. Of it I think -- is a devolution where we don't want to go and on the I think it's -- it takes us to kind of the base level it's. We'll be sorry. Some people party.
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