Kimberly Williams-Paisley Talks About Her Mother's Dementia

Posted on March 1, 2014

Actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley opens up about her mother's dementia in an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan. Kimberly wrote an article about in the latest issue of Redbook about the disease and how it impacted her mother's health and her family. Her mom was diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia in 2005 when she was 61. In the article Kimberly explains the difficulties in caring for her.
Finally, as the doctors had predicted, caring for my mother became too taxing for my father. She was unable to dress or bathe herself. She often wandered away from the house in fits of rage. My dad followed and coaxed her home. She became physically aggressive and abusive, sometimes biting or throwing things. When we saw each other, visits revolved around preventing some kind of physical or emotional injury. Once, right in front of both boys, she screamed obscenities and dropped a glass that smashed right by their bare feet.
Kimberly tells Morgan she hopes the article can help someone else going through a similar situation. She says writing about it has been cathartic for her. She says her mother doesn't speak at all anymore but is very calm most of the time now. Take a look:

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