May 18, 2009 12:00 PM

>The ex-TV journalist, 53, whose dad, Sargent Shriver, was diagnosed in 2003, is an executive producer on HBO’s documentary series The Alzheimer’s Project. It debuts May 10.

ON THE SPREAD OF ALZHEIMER’S When I wrote my first book on this in 2004, I rarely met someone who had it in their family or any understanding of it. Now I don’t go a couple hours without somebody talking to me [about it].

ON RETURNING TO TV It’s a thrill. It was a great way to get my footing back a little bit, you know? Television is in my blood.

ON LIFE AS CALIFORNIA’S FIRST LADY I got into it kicking and screaming, but it’s enabled me to bring together everything I’ve worked with my whole life: service, politics, journalism. I’ll miss it!

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