Kate Mulgrew is an accomplished stage and screen actress most famous for her roles on Star Trek: Voyager as Captain Kathryn Janeway and Ryan's Hope as Mary Ryan. Her multiple awards for acting including an Obie Award, a Golden Satellite Award and a Saturn Award. She has also been nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
She is an active member of the Alzheimer's Association National Advisory Council
and is a tremendous family caregiving advocate. Kate’s mother, Joan Mulgrew,
died on July 27, 2006, after a long battle with the disease.
Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg
sat down with Kate in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where they were both featured speakers at the
Alzheimer’s Association Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter’s annual conference.
Gary Barg: You
are an advocate for the Alzheimer’s
Association. Could you tell
us how you got involved and what your
Kate Mulgrew: I
clearly got involved because it has
affected me personally. My mother
died of this disease about four years
ago. It took her about nine years
to die. I thought that the journey
was so significantly awful that if I
could elucidate it for anyone else, if I
could somehow clarify it or ease it, I
needed to step up to the plate. So
it is a small, but I hope, an important
way of giving something back. My
mother shaped me. If I am
anything, certainly in terms of my
goodness, it is because of my mother....continued
Early Detection of Alzheimer's
By Kristine Dwyer, Staff Writer
Dementia itself is not a
disease, but rather a set of symptoms that accompany
specific diseases. Dementia is a general term
for the loss of memory, language and recognition
that is severe enough to interfere with everyday
life. Researchers believe dementia may be caused by
a combination of genetic and environmental factors...continued
The Male Perspective: Caregiver
By Judd Lewis Parsons
Your wife has just been diagnosed
with breast cancer.
Welcome to one of the hardest experiences you and your
wife will ever go through. Nothing can truly prepare you
for this. But, if you and your wife face this with the
right attitude, it can become (as incredible as this may
sound) one of the most rewarding experiences you will
Back Safety Tips
By Peter Ganther
Assess your lifting limitations,
(do you have back or hip problems, etc)
Are there tools you can use
(back support, sliding board, taking out armrest of
wheelchair, walker or cane) ...continued
I have a 92-year-old grandma. We were just told she
can't live alone. I am getting married in a couple of weeks,
we just got a one-bedroom apartment about a month ago, and
I’m an only child with no parents to help me out. I don't
want to put my grandma in a nursing home. We can't afford
it, she can do most things on her own, and she does not want
to go to a nursing home. I don't know what to do.
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