VIEW GUEST: Brother, sister and dementia

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Academic award-winning actor Diane Keaton recently visited Washington and said directly to us: “Now, at 71 years of age, Randy is currently dying.” T

John Randolph Hall Randyph, born on March 21, 1948, is in Donegal, Calif. Keaton’s brother, who has dementia now, lives in a living aid facility.

Keaton landed in the country’s capital to discuss her new book, “Brother & Sister, A Memoir,” which comes to light with a brandy as a church bell. The book focuses on her, Randy, her life from young children to adult and mental illness.

Before an audience packed by the Historical Priest 6 & I, Keaton admitted fairly, “I wish I could love and care for him.” T

The Hall family, at least externally, appeared to be a successful family and had been dissatisfied. The Father was a successful civil engineer; A mother of doting was a mom who kept a detailed scrap book which gave an account of the lives of her family (Keaton also has two sisters, Dorrie and Robin). Keaton and Randy, who were brothers and sisters were growing up, were linked to their bunk beds.

But on the night of the synagogue, a great deal of Keaton’s conversation regretted, lamented and her wishes passed on.

Keaton was an “eldest, bossy sister” and she would, as she explained, “just go with him.”

Like during them collect bottles, for example, near California beach when they were children in the 1950s. They transported them to a local A&P grocery store and redeemed them on a bottle of two cents. Keaton wanted to collect enough money to buy a jewelry box.

She writes in the book, “I have to admit that I didn’t share the money I made, but, of course, Randy didn’t want to.” Why did Keaton, 74-year-old now, why.

Keaton’s family lived once near an airport. Randy was afraid of flying planes over. Also, sometimes he refused to go outside; Sometimes it grin very difficult at unpredictable times; sometimes he talked about ghost views and macabre souls.

And why did Randy have no friends? And why did he fear the dark?

Their parents were aware of Randy’s unusual behavior as a juvenile, but they did not seek professional help regarding her confidentiality moments. Heather Moran, CEO of the CEO and moderator of events, asked Keaton, “Do you think Randy was what grew up at a time when mental illness was misunderstood?”

Keaton replied, “My father only knew how to deal with it.” T

And their father seemed to be focused on keeping an ideal environment in the family, with a certain order, as Keaton got us: “He was the leader. We, as children, did what we had to do. My father worked hard during the day, then he came home and we all had dinner together. ”

Their father also wanted Randy to see baseball and / or football, but his son refused one. “Dad wanted his son to come up,” Keaton told us.

As it became a young adult, Randy was diagnosed in recent years with bipolar disorder and schizoid personality disorders, as well as bombs with alcoholism. During his lifetime he had difficulties in maintaining sustained employment and was deemed ineligible for the military draft in the 1960s.

“It was rough for him,” Keaton told us. “He lived on my father’s earnings.”

Although Randy succeeded as an amateur artist and poet.

Keaton moved to New York to study acting in the mid-1960s and as her career began to decline in the 1970s, she and Randy grew apart. The Academy Award-winning actress won the “Annie Hall” in 1977, a Golden Globe for “Something’s Gotta Give” and featured in the popular “Godfather” and “The First Wives Club” films. as a rose star. “Who could be aware of how different our lives would be,” she asked.

Today, mental illness is spoken openly to end the stigma, as Keaton does with his book. Even pro-athletes, like NBA stars Kevin Love and DeMar DeRozan, spend time to discuss and publicize the importance of seeking help for mental health issues, which both made themselves.

And these smear statistics: According to Alzheimer’s Disease International, a person in the world develops dementia every three seconds. The number of dementia patients in 2017 believed to be almost 50 million. This number is expected to reach 75 million in 2030 and 131.5 million in 2050, particularly in lower to middle income.

On a lighter note, a Hollywood star called his avant-garde fashion plate color the black and white colors to wear (sometimes with ties) and wide hats, “I go higher in Washington than in Los Angeles, where possible I go out and walk among the people without that attention. Who do they think they are? ”

This line drew a strong laugh from the audience.

Back home, Keaton is more careful for Randy. “I want to be a better sister,” she said. More time as they reconnect, like the bunk-bed days. Keaton visits Randy every Sunday at the facility; he can not talk much, he can not walk much.

So she encourages her wheelchair into the Freeze Fosters, where she orders ice cream and frozen yogurt for Randy.

Keaton recalled the time as children when they went to a rough dirt hill, where she pushed Randy. He went down, landing on the old sycamore logo. Randy started breaking his foot. But he never broke his parents under Keaton.

“Randy remained loyal to me,” she wrote in her book.

Now, Diane Keaton is giving the favor back.

Gregory Clay is a Washington columnist and former assistant sports editor for McClatchy-Tribune News Service. He wrote this for



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