Family caregivers of memory-impaired win with Celebrity Apprentice!

February 17th, 2015 No Comments

In The NewsLeeza Gibbons’ charity, Leeza’s Care Connection, wins big on TV’s Celebrity Apprentice

Leeza Gibbons, Emmy award winner talk show host and author, started Leeza’s Care Connection (originally The Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation) in 2003 after her mother had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. She had promised her mother to “tell her story and make it count.” It was this charity for which she was competing with 15 other celebrities. In last night’s finale, Leeza was competing against Geraldo Rivera, whose charity was Life’s WORC. Both charities were emotionally featured in the competition’s finale. Leeza and her team raised awareness for family caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s; her foundation offers support, education, and motivation. All in all, $446,000 was raised for Leeza’s Care Connection.

In 2013, there were 15.5 million unpaid family/friends providing care and approximately 443,000 family caregivers in New Jersey alone. It’s essential that family caregivers get the help they need, be it through a support group, by education, and/or with help such as with a Visiting Angel. Go to www.alz.org for support groups in your area. Call Visiting Angels to learn how we can provide help and support for your family while traveling your caregiving journey.


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