TV host Leeza Gibbons talks about Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Posted at 7:52 AM, Nov 15, 2012
and last updated 2012-11-15 08:28:54-05

Leeza Gibbons was in New York working on several projects for Alzheimer’s Awareness Month – a cause that is very near and dear to her heart (she lost both her mother and grandmother to Alzheimer’s and has started a non profit.)  Leeza discussed her latest project and her experience caring for her mother with Alzheimer’s.

Leeza is currently the host of “America Now” with Bill Rancic and AARP’s “My Generation.” An AARP Ambassador of Care and experienced Alzheimer’s advocate, she is the co-author of the Alzheimer’s caregiver book Take Your Oxygen First and she also served as a caregiver to her mother. In her mother’s honor, Leeza founded the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation and Leeza’s Place, which provide support for caregivers.

Leeza has started her own non profit “Leeza’s Place” and her latest projects include:

– Conversations in Caregiving webcast, a free, live event at 8 p.m. EST on Thursday, November 15th at

– Caregivers can submit questions in advance at or during the event.

Panelist and topics include:

– Leeza Gibbons will share insights from her experience caring for her mother during her decade-long battle with Alzheimer’s disease

– Dr.Richard Isaccson will discuss the role of nutrition in Alzheimer’s disease and tips on improving your loved one’s diet

– Paula Scott, Senior Editor of will provide techniques to help handle the emotional roller coaster of Alzheimer’s caregiving   – Video series release that captures the first sit-down among Leeza and her family (Dad, siblings, children, nieces, nephews) about caring for her mother during her ten year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. The intimate conversations are real and the insights are provocative about their family dynamics and lessons learned during the caregiving journey.

–  Reveal of the winners of the Words of Wisdom contest launched in January. Leeza and an esteemed panel of judges read nearly 300 entries and identified ten Alzheimer’s caregivers who provided the most positive, unique, useful and affordable advice to help improve the caregiving experience for others.

Key Alzheimer’s disease / Caregiving Statistics:

• Over 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for a person with Alzheimer’s or other dementias.

• While caregiving can be rewarding, it also can be a long and difficult journey, which often affects work, finances, relationships and health.

• More than 40% of family and unpaid caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias rate the emotional stress of caregiving as high or very high