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Gene Wilder's Widow Speaks About Alzheimer's
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As you might recall, Gene Wilder died last year at the age of 83. Later, we found out that he'd been battling Alzheimer's for years. Now, the woman who witnessed the fight first hand is speaking out. Karen Wilderwas married to Gene for more than three decades, which included his final six years wrestling with the disease. 

"I never pictured myself marrying a movie star. I also never saw myself spending years of my life taking care of one. But I’ve done both," she writes. "Love was the reason for the first. Alzheimer’s disease, the second."

Karen goes on to talk about the "first signs of trouble," which she says were small, including losing his depth perception and not being able to remember one of his most famous movies, "Young Frankenstein." Gene was eventually diagnosed with Alzheimer's, which Karen said he took with grief, but also "astonishing grace."

  • She goes onto talk honestly about the hardships of caring for someone with Alzheimer's, which she says "ravages" the caretaker. At one point, Karen reached for help from the Alzheimer’s Association and following his death, she's working with the organization. Karen gave permission for husband’s character of Willy Wonka to be used in the “Pure Imagination Project,” which is a “new video campaign to bring greater awareness about Alzheimer’s and encourage each of us to do our part.” 

Source: ABC News 

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