Suffering from Dementia, Tim Conway, 'Almost Entirely Unresponsive,'

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Published: Aug 25th, 2018
Tim Conway Suffering from Dementia, 'Almost Entirely Unresponsive,'
Article Updated:January 27th, 2020

One of America's favorite funnymen is another famous person who is living with cognitive loss. Comedian and actor Tim Conway is now almost unresponsive from dementia, according to media reports.  He underwent surgery to have a ventricular shunt placed and is now confined to a wheelchair.

Conway received national attention in his role on the popular TV show McHale's Navy where he played the bumbling, naive Ensign Charles Parker, Executive Officer of the World War II PT-73

Documents were filed in Los Angeles in August 2018, claiming Conway's wife Charlene was "planning to move him out of the excellent skilled nursing facility he is currently at" and place him in one that won't give him access to "registered nurses at all times and his 24-hour caregiver and speech therapist (to help with swallowing)."'

His daughter, Kelly, and his wife, Charlene, each wanted sole conservatorship over his health.  Conway's wife, Charlene Conway, was granted conservatorship in March of 2019, giving her power over the Tim Conway. The ruling ended the dispute with his daughter, Kelly Conway.

In the 1975–76 season, Conway became a regular on The Carol Burnett Show. He was a frequent guest for the show's first eight seasons. His work on the show earned him four Emmy Awards for both writing and performance. 

One of Conway's best characters was 'the dentist': 

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When a person suffers from cognitive impairment or other health issues where they are unable to make decisions, the family may seek guardianship over his affairs. Guardianship gives a person the legal right to make decisions on behalf of a parent or loved one who is suffering from Alzheimer's or dementia. Guardianship is obtained through a court proceeding and granted by a judge.

According to the Alzheimer's Foundation, courts scrutinize the actions of the guardian. This includes the management of a person's finances and decisions about their medical care and long-term care services and supports.

With longevity, more and more American's are suffering from some type of dementia. The Alzheimer's Association says 16.1 million Americans are caregivers to loved ones with Alzheimer's or dementia.

One in three seniors dies with some form of dementia, and almost 6 million are currently suffering from it. They expect this number to 14 million by the year 2050.

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It is not unusual that a spouse, or other family members, move a parent to a less expensive facility once the money starts to drain. This is why many experts suggest having a Long-Term Care Insurance policy in place to ensure they receive quality care in the setting they desire, without draining large sums of money.

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