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Fearless Caregiver Newsletter
 Sunday December 26 2010 - Issue #14

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Kate Mulgrew

Kate Mulgrew is an accomplished stage and screen actress most famous for her roles on Star Trek: Voyager as Captain Kathryn Janeway and Ryan's Hope as Mary Ryan. Her multiple awards for acting including an Obie Award, a Golden Satellite Award and a Saturn Award. She has also been nominated for a Golden Globe Award. She is an active member of the Alzheimer's Association National Advisory Council and is a tremendous family caregiving advocate. Kate’s mother, Joan Mulgrew, died on July 27, 2006, after a long battle with the disease.

Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg sat down with Kate in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where they were both featured speakers at the Alzheimer’s Association Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter’s annual conference.

Gary Barg:  You are an advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association.   Could you tell us how you got involved and what your feelings are?

Kate Mulgrew:  I clearly got involved because it has affected me personally.  My mother died of this disease about four years ago.  It took her about nine years to die.  I thought that the journey was so significantly awful that if I could elucidate it for anyone else, if I could somehow clarify it or ease it, I needed to step up to the plate.  So it is a small, but I hope, an important way of giving something back.  My mother shaped me.  If I am anything, certainly in terms of my goodness, it is because of my mother...continued

Take care

Gary Barg
Editor-in-Chief
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Feature Article

Community Transportation Programs-
Helping with Dignity and Caring  

By Sandra Ray, Staff Writer

There are a multitude of programs available to help the elderly and disabled reach appointments, go shopping, and perform other tasks associated with daily living. Not all of these are easily accessible or easy to find. The requirements often range from proof of age or disability, to income, as well as stating that no other transportation means are available. It is easy to become discouraged with the process and give up interacting with the community at large...continued


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Guest Column

Laughter is the Best Medicine
By  Helen Hunter, ACSW, LSW 

When was the last time you had a really good laugh?
 
The scientific definition of laughing is a “successive, rhythmic, spasmodic expiration with open glottis and vibration of the vocal cords, often accompanied by baring of the teeth and facial expression”. That doesn’t begin to tell the story of what laughing does for us, however. The bottom line is that laughing is medically beneficial...continued


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Caretips

Popping the Cork: A New Year's Resolution for Caregivers
By  Frances Maguire Paist

Before the ball drops in Times Square, promise yourself this year will be the year you become your own best caregiver. Resolve to do what thousands of others need to do – make time for yourself, because in so doing, you make your time with others better and more valuable.
 
Here are some ideas to get you started:....continued


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From Sandi in Cincinnati, OH:

As a caregiver, we tend to not accept help when it is offered to us. Make sure if someone offers to help you, even with little things, let them. Take each day one at a time and accept help when it is offered. If they do not offer something specific, assign a job. My husband is totally dependent on me for everything; he can do nothing for himself. Others were offering to help and I said, "I got it under control." Well, I really didn't. It was not until I read the two books, "Heaven is Real" and "90 Minutes in Heaven," that I started to understand that I, the caregiver, sometimes need to be taken care of too. My advice to all of you wonderful caregivers is to say "YES" when others offer to help.


From Lisa in Vancouver, WA:

Caregiving tip for your patients or loved ones who wear incontinent pads. Wrap the pads in a plastic deli wrap bag and store them in a basket next to their bed, or wherever they need to use them. Use the same bag to dispose of them. Medical alert necklaces are great. Before I leave, I always put one around her neck so, in case of an emergency, they know where to find her and how to get to her. I love being around older people as they have so much knowledge to share and have gone through a lot of experiences in life.

 


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with
Kate Mulgrew

Feature Article
Community Transportation Programs- Helping with Dignity and Caring

Guest Column
Laughter is the Best Medicine    

Caretips
Popping the Cork: A New Year's Resolution for Caregivers
Sharing Wisdom
 

 

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