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“Nashville” Actress Opens Up About Mother’s Dementia

For years, Kimberly Williams-Paisley has had to watch her mother succumb to primary progressive aphasia, a form of dementia for which there is no cure.

Williams-Paisley, an actress whose credits include the film Father of the Bride and in the hit TV series, Nashville, on ABC, discussed her mother’s struggle in an interview with Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts.

Williams-Paisley, who is married to country music star Brad Paisley and has two children, explained why she’s now talking about what her mother faced.

“I’m finally at a point — my mother’s finally at a point where I feel like it’s okay to talk about it. There was a long time … that she didn’t want us to talk about it, and  that was so much a part of the stress of what we were all going through, was that we had to hide it and cover up for her, and protect her pride,” Williams-Paisley told Roberts. “And I just felt like we were at a point where our story could help other people.”

Williams-Paisley also writes about the plight of her mother, Linda Williams, in the March issue of Redbook magazine. She says her mother started showing symptoms about two years before she was diagnosed at age 61.

“It seemed stress related,” Williams-Paisley, 42,  recalled. “It seemed that she had more anxiety. It seemed that she was fighting to find words more than she used to. But it was actually my mom who came to us and said, ‘Something’s wrong.’ I’m having trouble finding words.  I’m having trouble writing my name on my checks at the grocery store.’”

The family believed she was stressed and needed to get more sleep, but Williams-Paisley said her mother convinced her father to get tests done.

“And we didn’t even know that they were — they were going through these tests for months. And then they sat us down on Christmas and told us that — what her diagnosis was, and that it was going to be five to seven years before she’d need full-time care. And she’s pretty much been right on schedule,” Williams-Paisley said.

“My dad was in the midst of it … and it’s very dangerous for the caregiver,” Williams-Paisley said. “And people don’t always realize that. And I know my dad didn’t realize it in the depths of where he was. It’s hard — it was hard for him to see the truth that we saw, that he was withering away.

“We finally convinced him that she needed to be put into a long-term-care facility,” she added. “And so I mean, I would just say to people going through it to keep an eye on the caregiver.”

For the five years after her mother’s diagnosis, her mother had her own communication with Williams-Paisley’s children.

“When I found out what her diagnosis was, I thought, ‘Wow, she’s just not going to know my kids.’ And what was so cool was seeing how she actually really did interact with my kids … You know, both down on the floor being really goofy and silly. And my kids adored her … they played really well together,” she said.

She’ll hang on to those moments, now that her mother is no longer the woman she knew.

“What I had to come to is being able to let go of the mother that I grew up with, because she’s not there,” Williams-Paisley said. “And the pain came from looking at the person that’s there now and comparing it to who was there. That’s painful.

“But if I say goodbye to that person who doesn’t exist anymore and say hello to this person that I still have a bond with, it’s much easier to love her and to be with her,” she added.

She’s had to learn new ways of communicating with her mother.

“My mom used to be very articulate, and was one of the best listeners in our family. And so communication with her now is very different. She communicates on an emotional level. And music is a very effective way of communicating with her,” she said. “I was just with her yesterday, and when I sang a song that she knew, her face would light up. When I sang a song she didn’t know, it wouldn’t.”

She said it was interesting to find that there were still some memories that her mother retained.

“That’s the way of saying, ‘Hey, remember those days when we used to, you know’ … It’s through a song. ‘Remember when we used to sing this?’ And that’s a way of engaging with her,” she said.

The story behind Presidents Day

Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.

 

Source: History.com

Stony Brook reaches agreement

STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY HAS REACHED AN AGREEMENT WITH MAGNACARE, THE HEALTHCARE PROVIDER, THAT PROVIDES INSURANCE TO COMPANIES AND UNIONS IN NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY. THE UNIVERSITY HAS TAKEN HEALTH REPUBLIC FROM NEW YORK’S HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE. OFFICIALS SAID HEALTH REPUBLIC, HAS THE SECOND HIGHEST  PERCENTAGE OF ENROLLEES – 16 PERCENT- OF ANY OF THE INSURANCE COMPANIES ON THE EXCHANGE. 

 

Bayshore to get parking meters?

BAYSHORE COULD BE IN LINE FOR PARKING METERS IN PARTS OF ITS DOWNTOWN AREA, AND LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD LOTS. OFFICIALS SAID THE ISLIP TOWN COUNCIL AWARDED A $750,000 CONTRACT TO A PARKING MANAGEMENT FIRM. OFFICIALS SAID PUBLIC INPUT MUST STILL BE HAD.  BAYSHORE HASN’T HAD THE METERS SINCE THE 1960’S.

Fight in Riverhead involving 6 homeless men

Riverhead police said a fight among six intoxicated homeless men on Main Street in Riverhead  led to injuries and one man left unconsciousOfficials said six homeless men were found injured inside an abandoned, unsecured house on West Main Street. All the men had facial lacerations and bruises and were found to be “highly” intoxicated.  Officials then said that nine homeless men had been drinking in the abandoned residence when the fight broke out. Of the six injured, four were transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries,; the remaining two refused treatment. THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES.

Feds Recall Freeze-Dried Eggs for Possible Salmonella Contamination

Nutriom, a food company based in Washington state, says some of its most popular products can make you sick.

The Department of Agriculture is recalling 100 tons of Nutriom’s freeze-dried eggs, called “Ova Easy,” because they might be contaminated with salmonella.

The recall is categorized as Class 1 meaning it carries a high health risk. But, no illnesses have been reported.

“Ova Easy” is commonly used at schools, restaurants, and U.S. military bases.

 

“The LEGO Movie” Leads Box Office Again

he LEGO Movie topped the box office again this weekend.

After earning $69.1 million during its debut last weekend, the animated flick earned $48.8 million between Feb. 14 and Feb. 16.

About Last Night and RoboCop also did well during their opening weekend, bringing in $27.0 million and $21.5 million respectively.

The Monuments Men dropped down from second place to fourth this weekend, bringing in $15.0 million at the box office.

Here are the top ten films of the weekend according to boxofficemojo.com:

1. The LEGO Movie: $48.8 million
2. About Last Night: $27.0 million
3. RoboCop: $21.5 million
4. The Monuments Men: $15.0 million
5. Endless Love: $13.4 million
6. Ride Along: $8.8 million
7. Winter’s Tale: $7.8 million
8. Frozen: $5.9 million
9. Lone Survivor: $4.1 million
10. That Awkward Moment: $3.3 million

 

Emily Blunt, John Krasinski Welcome Baby Girl

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski are the proud parents of a baby girl.

The happy father tweeted on Sunday: “Wanted to let the news out directly. Emily and I are so incredibly happy to welcome our daughter Hazel into the world today! Happy bday!”

This is the first child for the 30-year-old actress and the former The Office star, 33. The couple first announced Blunt was pregnant in September.

“It’s hard to sum up something that’s so vital and means everything to you in a sound bite. Do you know what I mean?” the Devil Wears Prada star told Modern Luxury Manhattan magazine in 2012 about her marriage to Krasinski. “All I can say is that it’s an effing blast. It’s just great, and I’m so happy.”

The couple, who were married in 2010, had always planned to have children, she said.

“We want to have children; I just don’t know when yet,” she said at the time. “I’m just not sure about the timing of all of that. We’re both from big families so I think it’s something we want.”

 

Powerball Jackpot Rises to $400 Million

NEW YORK) — After no one won the Powerball jackpot from Saturday’s drawing, the jackpot amount will be pumped up even more for Wednesday.

According to ABC News’ Dave Schreiber, since there was no winner in Saturday’s drawing, the current estimated jackpot has gone up to at least $400 million or more- which is $227 million in cash value.

Powerball is played in 43 states along with Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A lottery player’s odds of matching all six numbers in the game is about 1 in about 175 million.