While she does have a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, Leeza is also a powerful star in the world of Alzheimer's caregiving. Both her mother and grandmother had the disorder, and that's when she learned first-hand how devastating the disease can be for caregivers.
One evening Leeza Gibbons, the celebrated radio and TV personality, was out to dinner with her mother. When they went to her home, which her mother had visited hundreds of times, she said, "This is such a beautiful place. Is there a room for me here?" Her mother had dementia.
Alzheimer's blows the mind of our loved ones who have it...and of everyone trying to care for them, old and young alike. In this way, Alzheimer's really spares no one, and so it's time we stop thinking of it as an "old person's disease."
GLEH is the founding organization for Triangle Square in Los Angeles, the first housing facility to provide high-quality affordable residential communities for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender older adults.