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MASH’s Mike Farrell talks about his real life role as a caregiver

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – Actor Mike Farrell made an appearance in Fort Wayne Friday at the annual meeting for Aging And In-Home Services of Northeast Indiana.

You likely know Farrell best as Captain B.J. Hunnicutt from the iconic show MASH. In real life, he has important insight about being a caregiver.

He describes caregiving as a “role without a script.” It’s a role he’s navigated by taking care of his mother-in-law who fought through Alzheimer’s, and also while caring for his wife who received a life saving liver transplant in 2000.

“It’s a hard job,” he says. “We give so much of our attention to the patient that we forget about ourselves. Don’t forget yourself. Don’t forget that you are both strong and not strong enough.”

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Aging and In-Home Care has been around for more than four decades.  The organization’s mission is to “promote independence, dignity and advocacy for all older adults, persons with disabilities and their caregivers.”

Tom Powell

Tom Powell is the co-anchor of Fort Wayne’s NBC News at 5, 6 and 11 with Linda Jackson. Tom is also the Assistant News Director at Fort Wayne’s NBC.

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