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From The Editor
An Interview with Julie Newmar
Julie Newmar, star of stage,
screen and television, comes by her love
of performing naturally as the daughter
of a Ziegfeld Follies performer. Julie
was a prima ballerina with the Los
Angeles Opera Company before becoming a
staff choreographer at Universal Studios
and made her big screen debut in the
1952 Bing Crosby musical Just For You.
Julie appeared in the Broadway and film
productions of Li’l Abner (1956 and ‘59)
and The Marriage-Go-Round (1958 and
‘60); won a Tony Award for Best
Supporting Actress for The
She also had her legs insured for
$1 million and in 1995 made an
appearance in the comedy To Wong Foo,
Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar.
In the most important role of a
lifetime, Julie is caregiver to her son
John, living with Down syndrome, and
recently made public her own diagnosis
with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. Julie
sat down with Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg
to discuss her career, caregiving and
philosophy of life.
Barg: You are a wonderful caregiver for your son,
John. Can you tell me a little about it?
Julie Newmar: It is easy; it is natural.
GB: How is he doing?
JN: Oh, beautifully. He is so healthy.
I mean, what a joy!...continued
Planning for Long Term Care
Most older people are independent. But
later in life--especially in the 80s and 90s--you or someone
you know may begin to need help with everyday activities
like shopping, cooking, walking, or bathing. For many
people, regular or "long-term" care may mean a little help
from family and friends or regular visits by a home health
aide. For others who are frail or suffering from dementia,
long-term care may involve moving to a place where
professional care is available 24 hours a day.....continued
My Sad, Sad & Happy, Happy Story
Today I hate my bipolar because I feel depressed
and very sad. But it will not last. I will soon be happy again.
I skipped one or two doses of my medication and that always throws
me into a miserable sad depression. As I drove to my psychiatrist's
office today to pick up my Eskalith & Concerta I became vividly
aware that I thought about dying. But that will not last. I will
soon be happy again!...continued
Holiday Stress and Caregiving
While everyone else is enjoying the
hustle and bustle and the joy of the holiday season,
there are many caregivers out there who just want the
whole thing over with. Caregiving creates a level of
stress unmatched by most endeavors. Add to that the
extra stress of family gatherings, gift buying, cooking,
and other obligations and it is almost unbearable. How
can caregivers better cope with this stress on top of
Sharing Wisdom - Caregiver Tips
From Joe in Illinois
For any caregiver that reads this, here is the best
advice I can give: take care of you or you cannot take care
of the ones you love. Don't wait to start taking care of you
until it is too late, as I did. Remember to breathe deeply
and that it is not always going to be easy. I try to read
these Caregiver Affirmations daily; they help me know that I
am doing my best and remind me to take care of myself.
Caregiver Affirmations: I forgive myself and others, I
live in trust for the future and I embrace this moment of
life. I take time to cherish myself, to enjoy life and to
accept the support and company of others. I accept the
mystery of life and suffering; I know that the important
gift I give is my healing love, and caring, listening
presence. I eat well, I exercise, I get enough sleep and I
speak kindly to myself. I keep a sense of humor and live
life in gratefulness for all the small gifts of life, and I
am open to my source of power beyond myself. I set limits
with people and make my own needs and feelings known to
others. I am a wonderful source of healing for those that I
care for because I first love and care for myself.
From June in Florida
Quick tip and a little advice: When transferring a
patient to a bedside commode, put a little powder around the
seat. This makes it easy to slide them forward or backward
and lift them up without them sticking to the seat. Ask your
physician to write a prescription for an alternating
pressure mattress. This bed alternates pressure areas while
the patient is sleeping. I took a trip with my elderly
friend and bought a car charger to fit the bed’s pump. I put
the mattress in the seat and plugged it in while traveling.
Lots of people aren't aware of this DME. Ask your physician.
The best ideas and solutions for taking care of your
loved one often come from other caregivers. Please post your ideas
and insights and we will share them with your fellow caregivers.
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