Kimberly Williams-Paisley Reveals Her Mother’s Struggle With Dementia

“My mother's finally at a point where I feel like it’s okay to talk about it,” she tells Robin Roberts.

photo by ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua

Actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, the wife of Brad Paisley, has come forward about her mother’s ongoing struggle with dementia.

Kimberly talked about her mother’s condition in an interview with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, and about why it took her some time to come forward with the news. “I’m finally at a point—my mother's finally at a point where I feel like it’s OK to talk about it,” she said in the interview. “There was a long time . . . that she didn't want us to talk about it, and that was so much a part of the stress of what we were all going through, was that we had to hide it and cover up for her, and protect her pride, and I just felt like we were at a point where our story could help other people.”

Kimberly’s mother, Linda Williams, was diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia five years ago at age 61. At first, Kimberly was worried about how her and Brad’s sons, Huck and Jasper, would get to know their grandmother, but found that they were able to interact in a sweet way.

“When I found out what her diagnosis was, I thought, ‘Wow, she’s just not going to know my kids.’ And what was so cool was seeing how she actually really did interact with my kids,” she said. “You know, both down on the floor being really goofy and silly. And my kids adored her . . . they played really well together.”

Currently, she’s in a long-term care facility with dedicated caretakers, and Kimberly finds ways to communicate to her through music and other things that trigger her memories.

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