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From The Editor
An Interview with Montel Williams
Montel Brian Anthony Williams is
an Emmy award winning talk show,
television actor and producer,
motivational speaker, best-selling
author, healthcare advocate, Naval
intelligence officer and person
living with multiple sclerosis.
Montel has used his public platform
to help find a cure for MS and to
shine a light on those living with
healthcare challenges. Montel sat
down with Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg
to discuss his thoughts on life and
GB: We talk all the time about family members becoming what
we call “fearless caregivers,” partnering with a loved one’s care
team. What advice do you have for family caregivers if they are just
not comfortable with the care their loved one is receiving?
MW: This is something that
just blows me out the door and I’ve talked about it in every one of
my books. Just because you walk into a doctor’s office and he’s got
a shingle hanging on his wall that says doctor or Ph.D. from
whatever hospital, you automatically assume that he knows more about
everything on this planet than you do, and that’s just not true. If
doctors knew so much, none of us would be sick. So, the
truth-of-the-matter is doctors need to respect the patient and the
patient’s family 100 percent when he gets involved in the process of
caring for someone’s life....continued
Effective Pain Management
By Cheryl Ellis, Staff
In both acute and chronic health
conditions, pain is top on the list of
concerns for patients, caregivers and
physicians. Effective pain control
improves the individual’s state of mind and
ability to move through the healing process...continued
A Caregiver's Comparison
By Cynthia Siegfried
“What has been is what will be, and what has been
done is what will be done; there is nothing new under
the sun.” Ecclesiastes: 1:9
Caring for aging parents is nothing new. Had we been
privy to a family discussion in Bedrock, we might have
heard a middle-aged Pebbles and Bambam discussing....continued
Fitness at 50+: Five Barriers You Can
While exercise is often touted as a fountain of youth, it often gets harder to do as you get older.
Physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) physicians, also called physiatrists, are doctors who restore and maintain function lost due to injury, illness and age-related conditions such as osteoporosis, arthritis, joint replacements or stroke...continued
Are a lot of you sad a lot...lonely, even though you may
have a spouse or someone helping you take care of an elderly
parent? I have a spouse who helps (it is his mom), but
during the day he works and I am the sole caregiver. She is
88 and must be assisted. She cannot hear very well at all,
so conversations do not really exist. I love her, but this
is such a big adjustment for me. We never had children to
care for, now we have her. I cry sometimes just to release
the stress. (I do not let her see.) And then I feel guilty.
I just get so tired, sad, and lonely that I just want to run
away and let someone else take over. Is this a normal
feeling? We have decided to wait until she is totally
dependent before we bring in help, which is okay. I have
friends who would sit with her if I needed or wanted them
to. I hate watching her go downhill. Her other sons take her
on the weekends, but bring her back at night, so we do get a
little relief from the constant care. She has only been here
going on four weeks and I feel trapped already. Am I
awful to feel this way? Will I get better?
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