Family caregivers are everywhere, including in the world of entertainment, politics, and the media. Take this Elizz caregiving quiz and test your knowledge of Celebrity Caregivers. How many famous caregivers can you identify?
Answer: c) Amy Schumer.
Amy Schumer’s family fell on hard times and had to sell the family farm when she was nine years old. In 2016, this famous female caregiver was able to buy back the family farm for her dad who now lives in an assisted living facility due to his MS. See our article, 8 MS Facts You Should Know to learn more about multiple sclerosis.
Answer: a) Celine Dion
Celine Dion took two years off from her career in 1999 to care for her husband when he was first diagnosed with throat cancer, and again in 2014 when his cancer returned. In a statement, this celebrity caregiver said, “I want to devote every ounce of my strength and energy to my husband’s healing, and to do so, it’s important for me to dedicate this time to him and to our children.” Sadly, Angélil passed away in January 2016.
Answer: b) Maria Shriver
Maria Shriver is a champion for people with Alzheimer’s and an advocate for people with intellectual disabilities. As a famous female caregiver, Shriver shares Tales of Alzheimer’s & Caregiving on her website.
Answer: d) Seth Rogen
Seth Rogen’s advocacy for Alzheimer’s awareness, especially for those in his generation, stems from his mother in law’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 55.
Answer: c) Jann Arden
Jann Arden’s parents both suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and other illnesses including diabetes, kidney failure, heart failure (her dad), and hearing loss (her mom). Her dad sadly passed away in August 2015 and she now cares for her mom. As a famous female caregiver, Arden coped with the fear and stress of watching her parents succumbing to dementia by sharing her experience with her followers on Facebook. “It seemed to open this box of guilt that people have with parenting their parents,” Arden said in a 2016 interview with CTV News. “I couldn’t believe how much I had in common with other people, Baby Boomers I guess, who all have aging parents. It really touched a nerve, so I thought I’d keep up with it.”
Answer: d) Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney was the caregiver for his wife of 29 years, Linda. She passed away in 1998 after a three-year battle with breast cancer.
Answer: e) All of the above
There are many famous people and celebrities who are caregivers.
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter cared for her father who was diagnosed with terminal leukemia when she was just 12 years old. She also cared for her mother (who passed away in 2000 at the age of 94) and several other family members.
Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s husband, President Franklin Roosevelt, was diagnosed with infantile polio and greatly relied on Eleanor for mobility.
Former First Lady Laura Bush helped her mother care for her father, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. As a famous female caregiver, Laura also cared for her mother who was diagnosed with and survived breast cancer at age 78.
Former First Lady Nancy Reagan famously cared for her husband, Ronald Reagan, after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1994. Their journey helped shine a light on the emotional toll that family caregivers go through when a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Answer: a) Elaine Lui
Elaine Lui, her husband, and her father provide care for Elaine’s mom who was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder called POEMS syndrome. Read more about Lui’s caregiving journey on Chatelaine.
Answer: c) Jane Hawking Jones
Jane Hawking Jones’s then-husband, Stephen Hawking, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS, in 1963, when he was 21 years old. Jane cared for him throughout their 30-year marriage while pursuing her own academic ambitions, receiving her PhD in medieval Spanish poetry in 1981.
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