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Rick Steves: Embracing the challenges of aging

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(Editor's note: This video is an updated version of an earlier clip, edited for length.) "In her last five years, she had Alzheimer's," guidebook author and travel television host Rick Steves said of his mother, June Steves. "My dad supported his wife when she had a very difficult roller with Alzheimer's." He told Washington Post Live editor Mary Jordan that his father would do it 24/7 if he could, but Steves says he knew it was important for his father to have a break. (Meena Ganesan/The Washington Post)
Rick Steves at Washington Post Live’s Caregiving in America forum in Seattle. (Photo by Scott Eklund/The Washington Post)

“When you are in a situation where you’re dealing with a loved one with Alzheimer’s, which is my story, take them out in public with no apologies and let the public see how you’re enjoying your life together. I think it’s important to take [older people] out and let them make a noise in the middle of a concert. We made a point to do that and I always felt support from people. It saddens me to think that a lot of people never venture out. They’re so self-aware or so shy about it. It’s amazing to me how many things can be closeted in this great nation of ours because we have so many hang-ups and concerns that way.”

-Rick Steves, travel writer and television host


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