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Jay Leno and his wife enjoy date night after news of their dementia diagnosis

Jay Leno and his wife enjoy date night after news of their dementia diagnosis

Tuesday was a special day for Jay Leno and his wife, Mavis Leno, who enjoyed their evening at the Los Angeles premiere of “Unfrosted.”

It was a rare outing for the couple in four decades, making their first public appearance following the news that Mavis Leno was suffering from dementia.

The comedian and philanthropist both seem to be in good spirits They spoke to Entertainment Tonight's Kevin Frazier On the red carpet.

“I feel good,” Mavis Leno told Frazier.

The premiere of the Jerry Seinfeld-directed film was the perfect opportunity for some entertainment, according to Jay Leno.

“I thought I'd bring something fun for a change,” he joked. “It's all very controversial. Just to bring a movie that's funny and silly, it's great. I think people are going to have a great time.”

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Mavis Leno, left, and Jay Leno attend the premiere of “Unfrosted” in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 30, 2024. The couple has been privately dealing with Mavis Leno's dementia diagnosis.

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The Linus family's night on the town comes as the couple privately deals with Mavis Linus' health struggles.

In January, Jay Leno filed for conservatorship of their shared property, citing his wife's cognitive decline. His application was approved in April.

“Mavis gradually loses her ability and orientation to space and time over several years,” the court filing said, noting that “her current condition renders her unable to carry out the estate plan.”

Outings can be an important tool for patients like Mavis Leno.

Alzheimer's and dementia experts say so Staying social is key To ward off symptoms like depression and prevent cognitive decline faster, according to Dr. Jonathan Graf-Radford of the Mayo Clinic.

But they also ask caregivers to be aware of the type of environments they walk into, noting that crowded or noisy places can be over-stimulating, confusing or stressful for people with dementia.

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