Queen Latifah is an award-winning actress (currently appearing in the movie Miracles From Heaven), rapper, singer, songwriter and television producer — as well as a family caregiver. Amy Goyer, AARP’s family, caregiving and multigenerational issues expert met with her recently to talk about caregiving and her work with the American Heart Association’s new Red Steps Challenge to “rise above” heart failure, which afflicts some 6 million Americans. An excerpt of that article follows:
It didn’t feel like a typical celebrity interview because we discussed something important we have in common: We are both caregiving daughters. Our mothers live or have lived with heart failure — mine for 24 years until she passed away from other causes, and Latifah’s mom, Rita Owens, having the chronic condition for many years.
The star’s caregiving role came on suddenly about 12 years ago, after her mother, then working as a high school teacher in New Jersey, passed out at school one day and was rushed to the hospital. After many tests, Owens was diagnosed with heart failure — shocking to hear, but her heart improved as she got the care and support she needed.
“She may have said it to me, but it’s her message to all of us — her fellow caregivers. Thanks for all you do.”
You can read the full interview on AARP.org. Read article>