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Kathy Griffin’s Mom Facing Dementia

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Kathy Griffin’s mother, Maggie Griffin, is suffering from dementia, the comedian announced Thursday on social media.

“As heartbreaking as this is, I feel the need to share some important info about my mom Maggie,” the comedian posted on Instagram. “I’ve always been honest with you all, but this one is really hard. The pic below, taken in September, was the last time I was able to have a proper/coherent conversation with her. Since that photo was taken, she has rapidly fallen into the throes of dementia.”

Maggie Griffin, 98, became a fan favorite who often joked about her conservative beliefs on her daughter’s Emmy award-winning Bravo reality show, “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List.” Maggie Griffin would often drink low-cost white wine and jokingly bemoan her daughter’s crude humor — often with a smile — on the program.

“This is never easy for any child, I know this is a reality that millions of people deal with every year,” the comedian posted. “My mom is 98 and up until this past couple years she was so sharp she always kept me on my toes. Her mind was so naturally quick, funny, and smart. No one could get anything past her. Watching that slip away so fast has been devastating.”

The Grammy award-winning comedian said her mother “is getting the best 24-hour care.”

“In terms of how she is now, at this point she only knows my name and I love you. I know many of you know what that reality is like…I’m still grappling with it,” Griffin added.

It’s estimated that every 67 seconds, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, nearly one in six women 65 and older will be diagnosed in their lifetime. Their decline can be slow, making the duties of their caregivers difficult and enduring.

The organization expressed support for the Griffin family on Twitter.

“You’ve given the world a window to the impact of dementia. Such bravery is a reminder to all of us who are facing Alzheimer’s and dementia that we aren’t alone in this journey,” the organization tweeted.

 

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As heartbreaking as this is, I feel the need to share some important info about my mom Maggie. I’ve always been honest with you all, but this one is really hard. The pic below, taken in September, was the last time I was able to have a proper/coherent conversation with her.Since that photo was taken, she has rapidly fallen into the throes of dementia. This is never easy for any child, I know this is a reality that millions of people deal with every year. But when it comes to my mom this is particularly hard because her sharp mind was everything. My mom is 98 and up until this past couple years she was so sharp she always kept me on my toes. Her mind was so naturally quick, funny, and smart. No one could get anything past her. Watching that slip away so fast has been devastating.I want to assure you all that she is not in pain and she is getting the best 24-hour care. In terms of how she is now, at this point she only knows my name and I love you. I know many of you know what that reality is like…I’m still grappling with it. A big reason I’m sharing this news with you is that so many of you have asked why I haven’t posted a video of Maggie & her beloved dog Twinkle in the past few months. Now you understand why we haven’t been able to share anything, here is a moment between them from this summer. What I am most proud of when I comes to My Life On The D List is that show gave me the opportunity to show the world how naturally funny my parents were. When people tell me they feel like they know my mom, I always respond “you do!” She never put on a show, she was the show. If you ever met my mom and asked for a photo, you should know it was a pleasure as much for her as it was for you. She loved making people happy and making people laugh. And trust me, I know she was the bigger star…thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving us a lifetime of memories.

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