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From The Editor
An Interview with Linda Dano
Emmy-Award-Winning Actress Linda Dano is best known for her roles in
daytime television programs including: As The World Turns, Another
One Life to Live, All My Children, General Hospital, Port
Charles and Guiding Light. She has also hosted her own talk show,
Attitudes, writes a very popular style column for Soap Opera Digest
and is a successful businesswoman and author. Linda returns to
Today’s Caregiver magazine for a rare second cover interview to once
again share her story of personal caregiving. The first time Linda
discussed the challenges she faced as a caregiving daughter to a
mother diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Since then, Linda’s
mother, father and husband Frank all passed away (her mother and
husband within days of one another), and she is back to discuss her
subsequent battle with depression.
Linda sits down with
Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg to share her singular insights on living
Gary Barg: Since we know that
depression is the most commonly felt emotion for over 63 percent of
caregivers, and you have been so aware as a family caregiver, were
you aware of your depression during your caregiving?
Linda Dano: No. it’s so
interesting that you asked me that and I’ll tell you why. It was
just last week and I was feeling very sad, thinking about my dad and
my mother late at night in bed looking back over my caregiving. I
suddenly said, “Oh, my God, I was suffering from serious
depression.” Because when I was caregiving, I wouldn’t talk to
anybody, I didn’t say what was on my mind, I didn’t let anyone know
I was hurting this much...continued
Medication Management in Disaster Planning
A family disaster plan
can be of valuable assistance to every member of the family.
In order for it to be effective, however, it needs to
encompass all aspects of your current living situation. When
considering a home or family disaster plan, it is easy to
overlook medications and the special needs of family
members. Instead of waiting for an event to occur, think
ahead to these important areas:..continued
A Balancing Act: Simple Steps to Help
the Need for Home Modifications
By Mary Becker-Omvig, MS, OTR/Lfa
They are questions caregivers face
on a daily basis. How do we balance between too much and
too little care? How do we balance what we think needs
to be done with what might be most helpful?..continued
Respite Tipsfrom Caregiver.com
"I planned with my sister for her to
watch my husband on her day off and I treated myself to
a day treatment at a local spa. It was much more cost
effective than a nervous breakdown!”...continued
I thank God I found this Web site! I just moved
temporarily from Los Angeles to Akron, Ohio. My mom went
downhill mentally sooooo fast. I started a job when I
arrived, but can't put any real time in as of yet. I've been
unemployed for 10 years and now feel SPENT. My mom is in a
rehab facility, one sister won't speak to me and the other
one is trying to help—especially great in the financial
aspect. But I feel so alone, lost and overwhelmed. I
can't get money, I have to pay $1000/month for my own
healthcare costs right now, and I’m getting Mom's crazy
calls. I'm just looking for more tips on keeping myself
sane. I don't have much to share right now, but I'll keep
reading some of these wonderful stories. I want to thank you
all for letting me vent. Take care and God bless everyone!
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