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 Thursday January 27, 2011 - Issue #18

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Larry King

Larry King was the Emmy award winning host of CNN’s longest running interview program. Dubbed  “the most remarkable talk-show host on TV ever” by TV Guide and “master of the mike” by TIME magazine,   the show featured guests from across the gamut of business, entertainment and politics including present and past presidents, kings, queens, movie stars and health care professionals. After a massive heart attack in 1987, Mr. King created the Larry King Cardiac Foundation to provide funding for life saving cardiac procedures for individuals who, due to limited means and no insurance, would be otherwise unable to receive life saving treatment.  Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg turns the tables on the nation’s leading interviewer for a heart felt and wide ranging conversation.  

Gary Barg: I don’t think that you would remember, but this is actually the second interview we’ve done together.

Larry King: When was the last one?

GB: It was 40 years ago. It was on a houseboat across from the Fountainbleu hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. I was about 10 years old and going to Camp Ocala.  You were interviewing the owners of the camp and they wanted to bring a camper on. I remember your being so nice to me, and I very much appreciated that.

LK: That was 41 years ago because that was in 1965. I’ve been in the business 49 years now...continued


Take care

Gary Barg


Feature Article

Self-Care - An Ethical Imperative for
Professional Caregivers

By Dr. Jamie Huysman, LCSW
Professionals’ Issues Editor

A professional caregiver came into my practice in tears last week. She is entirely the catalyst for this article.
Well-documented budget cuts and a demand for more services than can be provided are taking their toll on those I call professional first responders.  These social service providers are under siege and at greater risk for compassion fatigue and burnout than ever before...continued

The Silverado Story
The Silverado Story

Guest Column

The Who Am I? Scrapbook
By Lynn Lancaster Gorges

We know all about our loved ones we care for, but how can we help their other caregivers know them in a similar way? It can be done rather easily with a fun and easy project—a scrapbook. What a wonderful way to help the caregiver know the patient much more quickly...continued Long Term Care Channel


7 emotional and physical well-being tips for
male caregivers: 

Men account for almost 40% of the caregiver population. In order for male caregivers to properly care for their loved ones, they must remember to care for themselves. Here are seven emotional and physical tips for male caregivers:

  1. Participate in a support group...continued

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Sharing Wisdom - Caregiver Tips

From Ms. T in Georgia
I am a caregiver of a 35-year-old man who is bipolar. After reading everyone's stories, I didn't have the same heart as I did when I came searching for support. My tip is, "Pray." Prayer still works. Thanks to all. I don't know about you, but it does ease a little pain to know that other caregivers need support, too. God bless.

From John in Kansas City
Remember, with mid-stage Alzheimer’s,  “no” is not always “no” and “yes” is not always “yes.” Try asking at a different time, and do not argue when you get the “wrong” answer.

From Linda in California 
I am the caregiver for my father, and also took care of his wife all of last year in Michigan. Both were diagnosed with dementia. With the help of their doctors, I was able to have hospice come in and help out. I always thought hospice was just for end of life, but was told a dementia diagnosis would qualify. They were a godsend, helping with daily bathing, drug replacement, feeding, getting equipment to make life easier, and giving me a much needed break every now and then. They did everything through Medicare, so there was no cost. You might want to check with your local hospice program to see if it is available in your area. All my best!


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with
Larry King

Feature Article
Self-Care - An Ethical Imperative for Professional Caregivers

Guest Column
The Who Am I? Scrapbook 

7 emotional and physical well-being tips for male caregivers: 
Sharing Wisdom


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