Shriver keeps mind on games
Maria Shriver says her daughter is so terrified of her mother getting Alzheimer’s disease that she’s constantly introducing her to games that will keep her mom’s mind active.
There’s a family history to explain the concern: Maria’s father, Sargent Shriver , died of Alzheimer’s at age 95 in 2011. Maria, who is back at NBC News, began a weeklong series of reports on Alzheimer’s that is airing on the “Today” show, “Nightly News” and other network platforms starting Tuesday.
Shriver told of her daughter’s concern Tuesday on a Google Plus discussion that also featured actor Seth Rogen and his wife, Lauren Miller. Rogen says he’s encouraged that the disease is starting to get more visibility.
Shriver’s series will also discuss an experimental drug given to people before they exhibit symptoms.
Heinz Kerry appears in public
Teresa Heinz Kerry, the wife of Secretary of State John Kerry, made her first public appearance since suffering a seizure in July.
Heinz Kerry was seated in the row behind her husband as he testified Tuesday at a Senate hearing on Syria.
The 74-year-old Heinz Kerry suffered a seizure at the couple’s Nantucket, Mass., home July 7. She was treated at a Nantucket hospital and another in Boston before being released three weeks later.
Heinz Kerry, an heir to the Heinz ketchup fortune, is the widow of former Sen. John Heinz, who was killed in a helicopter crash in 1991. She married Kerry, a former Massachusetts senator, in 1995.
Cyrus turns a deaf ear
Miley Cyrus says in an interview clip that she doesn’t listen to the negative comments regarding her performance on the MTV Video Music Awards.
The 20-year-old pop star says she felt she and Robin Thicke were making history with the risque performance of their hits “We Can’t Stop” and “Blurred Lines.”
The comments were Cyrus’ first since the Aug. 25 show. The clip was recorded last week and posted Tuesday morning on MTV’s website. Cyrus says she’s surprised people were still talking about it three days later: “You’re thinking about it more than I thought about it when I did it. I didn’t even think about it because that’s just me.”
Couric plans to tie the knot
Katie Couric is getting married to her financier boyfriend John Molner.
Couric’s spokesman Matthew Hiltzik confirmed the engagement Tuesday morning following a report by People magazine.
Molner gave 56-year-old Couric, the former host of “Today,” a diamond ring over the weekend in East Hampton. Molner, 50, is a partner at investment firm Brown Brothers Harriman, who oversees mergers and acquisitions advisory work for the firm’s corporate clients.
The couple have dated for nearly two years.
Couric’s husband Jay Monahan died in 1998 from colon cancer. She is the mother of two daughters, now 21 and 17.
Her talk show, “Katie,” starts its second season on Monday.