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TODAY's Takeaway: Alzheimer’s high cost, real royal photos

Sep. 5, 2013 at 3:35 PM ET

Hoda shares her digits, photographer releases royal photos, Shriver reports on Alzheimer's and its high emotional cost.
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Hoda shares her digits, photographer releases royal photos, Shriver reports on Alzheimer's and its high emotional cost.

1. Maria Shriver reported on the high emotional and financial cost of Alzheimer’s for the victims who don’t get as much attention: the caretakers. She interviewed Jim Crabtree, a man who for years took care of his wife suffering from Alzheimer’s and his elderly parents.

“My father shot my mother and then he shot my wife and then he shot himself,” he told Shriver. “It sounds like a horrible violent end, but in actuality it was a euthanasia that my father did. It was a great gift that my father was able to give me. He ended my Alzheimer’s and elder care issues at once.”

Video: NBC’s Maria Shriver reports on the high emotional and financial cost of Alzheimer’s care. She speaks to Jim Crabtree, an overburdened caretaker to his wife suffering from Alzheimer’s and his elderly parents whose story met an extreme end.

2. Thousands of candid photos of the royal family will soon be auctioned off, thanks to photographer Ray Bellisario (the man the British royalty to love to hate). Charles waterskiing, Anne boating, Elizabeth strolling — royals, they’re just like us!

Video: Photographer Ray Bellisariohas a love-hate relationship with the royal family: He’s taken thousands of photos of them in private moments that he is nowauctioning off, possibly raising millions for charity. NBC’s Michelle Kosinski reports.

3. Complaints are piling up against a popular furniture company from customers who (understandably) aren’t thrilled that the leather is peeling from their leather couches. Jeff Rossen investigated the grievances, including the warranty’s fine print that excludes “cracking and peeling.”

Video: TODAY’s Jeff Rossen investigates complaints piling up against a popular furniture company from customers who say the leather is peeling off their sofas. Many were sold warranties they believed would cover any problems.

4. Want a raise in 30 days? It’s possible! At least that’s what LinkedIn’s Nicole Williams and giggle’s Ali Wing say. The career experts shared advice on how to land a raise – including 17 bonus tips on TODAY.com.

Video: You want to boost your paycheck, but how do you approach your boss? LinkedIn’s Nicole Williams and Ali Wing, CEO of giggle, share tips on how to prepare yourself for a conversation with your boss and land the raise you want.

5. It’s a girl! The National Zoo revealed the gender and father of its pride and joy, the giant panda cub born two weeks ago to Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, one of two male pandas used to inseminate the cub’s mother. Bring on the pink!

The National Zoo's new panda cub on Aug. 25. The cub has been revealed to be female.
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The National Zoo's new panda cub on Aug. 25. The cub has been revealed to be female.

6. Hoda had fun trying out Samsung’s new watch phone this morning, and accidentally displayed her own phone number in the process. In no time at all, the calls came pouring in.

Come on now, Hoda. Didn’t you learn from Kathie Lee’s mistake earlier this year?

Video: While TODAY’s Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb showed off the capabilities of the new Samsung watch that doubles as a smartphone, Hoda accidentally revealed her cell phone number to all of America and got calls from hundreds of viewers.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!

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