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The Maria Shriver Interview (Page 1 of 3)

Maria Shriver
Helping Kids Cope:
An Interview with Maria Shriver

Gary Barg: Was there a moment when you first knew that your father was living with Alzheimerís disease?
Maria Shriver: I didnít have a specific moment in time. I think like anybody in this situation, as your parents get older, you become more aware that certain things aren't the way they used to be. When he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, we just all came together and said, "Okay, what do we do, how do we handle this the best way we can, how do we handle this as a family, how do we support Dad the best we can?" You just go about researching it and doing the best you can, just like all the other millions of families. The important thing to realize is that no two cases are alike, so no two families travel the same road. What is right for one family may not be right for the other, and that doesn't mean that one is better or worse than the other.
GB: You've had so many interesting jobs and careers, first of all as a mother, then as a First Lady, and as a reporter and anchor; how does your fatherís illness fit in your daily life?
MS: I think when you have a parent who has anything, who is dealing with anything, that becomes your primary focus in life. Your family, whether it's your children, your spouse, your parents, your siblings, is always on your mind. I think that, as with all women, I just try to navigate each day the best I can. Some days are more child-intensive, other days are more husband-intensive, and sometimes more parent-intensive. You ask for God's grace and for His help. I try to move forward, and the role of first lady or reporter doesn't really tie into my day-to-day life. I try to be a reporter at all times to learn what I can, and talk to as many people as I can when I'm given an assignment about it; but other than that, you just go through your life trying to do the best you can, doing it elegantly, and with grace and dignity. That's my motto.

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