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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?

1. Which comedian bought her family farm back for her father who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when she was 12 years old?

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.

2. Which Canadian singer cared for her husband as he battled throat cancer in 1999 and again in 2014?

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.

3. Which journalist and former First Lady of California was a caregiver to her father, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease?

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.

4. This funny actor is an advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association and started the annual “Hilarity for Charity” event to raise funds and awareness among younger generations for Alzheimer’s disease.

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.

5. This Canadian singer is also a family caregiver for her elderly parents and regularly shares her caregiving experience with her fans on Facebook.

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.”

6. Which member of The Beatles was a family caregiver?

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.

7. Which former First Lady of the United States was a family caregiver?

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.

8. Which Canadian celebrity gossip blogger, author, and TV host provides care for her mom?

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.

9. This British author and educator wrote the autobiography, Travelling to Infinity: My life with Stephen, which became the basis for the award-winning film The Theory of Everything.

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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