Living With Alzheimer's

Judy Prescott discusses her mother's diagnosis and illness.
5:26 | 02/10/12

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You may recognize the person sitting right here next to me actress Judy press got from her rolled on true blood or Grey's Anatomy. But her most challenging mall has been in real life. Watching her mother's journey into alzheimer's and coming to terms with the situation. That is entirely out of her control. -- sharing her story in her new book searching for CC reflections on alzheimer's in the hopes that it will help others who are in -- Situations. Judy thank you so much for being here with us today thank you it's nice to be here time so tell us first when you noticed that there were some thing. Going on with your mother. Well I would say it was about twelve years ago at our wedding my husband and I. Are in California and she got lost in the airport on the way to the letting. And she was asking at a desk someone I don't know where I am I don't know where I'm going and next to her was another wedding guests to friend and my husband. He said what wedding are you going too and she said Judy Prescott and he said -- okay let me get you there. And he -- there and at the wedding she was very neon. -- not wanting to engage with people very quiet. And I was very suspicious an athlete I think. Also I don't think there's something wrong lesson no idea what it might be exactly there's something wrong with mom she's acting a little bit strangely she's very fearful. And so being in Los Angeles and so finally I -- after we got -- I went and visited her and stayed with -- And that's when I noticed certain thing is that when she was diagnosed on the -- now now now on that visit I noticed that she was kind of unable to handle her papers bills that she was always very good way if they were lining the walls of her room. She was very fearful she was he was very Angeles she's keeping the blinds closed all the time. And I I went back to Los Angeles some thought about it and that's when I decided she needed to see a doctor and now it makes your situation especially hard because. Live on opposite sides of the country -- yeah yeah attempts from long distance care. Yeah I would say. The telephone is so important my mom was calling me sometimes four or five times a -- not knowing she'd called. It's so important to keep. A network going to be in touch with friends and family to be in touch with the people who are bright nearby finding people to -- -- visit. Your parent or loved one and has the disease progresses are there certain red -- -- you really need to keep and I -- -- absolutely. She was in their home alone she lived buy -- -- It can become very dangerous cost her her. Bathrobes. The sleeves were sentenced she was trying to cut there were old burning things around in the -- and she was an -- So that. She whether she didn't remember that TDs -- or not but she had not a lot of food either you know she really needed care. And people it's very easy -- high for Hearst she was hiding it extremely well. But when I would go and live with her than -- and such -- she have a full time caregiver now. Or what I had to move for into assisted living which was I think the hardest thing -- and -- -- -- adjusting to that she did great and now she's in actually she's on in -- Medicare facilities now and she's in maintenance unit and she's. So well cared for -- their amazing these people. Can do things that I can't do you know with a huge must keeping peace of mind for you yet -- yeah and they're wonderful. And she loves them and although she doesn't speak right now -- Move very -- it's evident. And -- the disease continues to progress -- hasn't. Sort of hits aid holding pat. Yes it continues the last time I saw her she was able to sort of sit upright when we gave her the book. In her chair she kind of a scrolling them away next to her rear end and hiding him and so excited. And now she can't move herself in her chair her body just her -- But there's something else going on news and awareness there's she's aware that -- there. There's some sort of spiritual -- closer to wherever she's only and so what are your tips and -- other people who must who. Are going through this and there's the emotional component that can happen pale -- right. And for me what was really helpful being across the country is writing these columns I started to write. When I would leave her and be back in Los Angeles find myself there I was going wow OK where's mom what are we doing and I would think about mom and myself and right. These -- sort of tracking her journey. For other people it might be art -- there for artists -- Harrison's book unbelievable. And that's a great way do. You know express yourself otherwise -- care group a group for support. That wasn't my way but now maybe it would be if I pray with him now it's such a unique disease because of the way. It changes your relationship. With new ones as well for there ability to take care and -- exactly and in a way it's all about letting them I had to stop saying. It's my mom come on mom and I don't need any a month now it's my mom -- her journey it's god bless her fantastic. And joined her in the moment won't do anything that's thank you so much for sharing your experiences with it's nice talking -- thanking him.

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