M*A*S*H* actor Mike Farrell to speak in Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – Aging & In-Home Services of Northeast Indiana, Inc. (AIHS) announced that the featured speaker at its 44th Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony will be actor, activist and family caregiver Mike Farrell, known as Captain B.J. Hunnicutt on the iconic TV series “M*A*S*H*.” The event is scheduled for 11:00 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at Parkview Mirro Center for Research.

Family caregiver is a role that is close to Farrell’s heart. Married to actress Shelley Fabares, he saw firsthand how stressful caregiving can be. His mother-in-law, Elsa Fabares, had Alzheimer’s disease, and through Shelley’s years of caring for her mother, Farrell learned about the disease’s impact on the entire family.

Less than 10 years later, Farrell found himself in a similar role, becoming a caregiver to his wife after she was diagnosed with an auto-immune liver disorder and needed a transplant. After a successful transplant, Farrell became Shelley’s fulltime caregiver, and 20 years later she is healthy and happy.

Farrell’s presentation, titled “Caregiving: A Role With No Script,” will remind attendees that nothing is stronger than love and hope.

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