In a career spanning more than three decades with CBS News, Barry
Petersen has reported on everything from wars to Paris fashions and
from the return of American jazz to Shanghai, China. His stories have
been datelined from virtually every continent. He has
interviewed Hollywood stars including Jimmy Stewart, Bill Cosby,
Pierce Brosnan and Sir Anthony Hopkins, as well as the leaders of the
Bosnian war who were later tried as war criminals. He has been
honored numerous times for his writing and reporting, and shared both
an Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia University Award and a George Foster
Peabody Award as part of CBS Radio’s coverage of the democracy
uprising at Tiananmen Square. Recently he wrote a thoroughly
compelling book, “Jan’s Story”, about his life as a family caregiver
for his wife, Jan, who was also a CBS news professional, after her
diagnosis with early onset Alzheimer’s disease.
Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg sat down with Barry for an open and
frank discussion about life as a family caregiver.
Gary Barg: The
thing about Alzheimer’s that is so
insidious is your loved one is still
there, but they are not there. It
is the true long goodbye and denial is
so easy to do. Could you talk a
little bit about how you walked through
Barry Petersen: The worst part was realizing
afterward what I had done; and not realizing at the time how people were
reaching out to help me see it, but I could not. I guess I am not
unusual in that sense. How could it be Jan? She is young. She
is really vibrant. She is great. There is no way she deserves
to get this disease...continued
Charting Your Course
With Parkinson's Disease Care
By Kristine Dwyer
Caring for a loved one with
Parkinson’s disease at home can be like sailing a ship
through uncharted waters. Currents, wind shifts and
changing weather patterns all influence the ship’s
course on a daily basis. The effects of Parkinson’s
disease also present an unpredictable course and
caregivers must continually seek solutions and a
positive direction for the care they provide...continued
Beyond the Stethoscope:
Caregiving through a Doctor’s Eyes
By K.L. Anderson, Staff Writer
Caregiving can be anticipated, yet
untimely, long distance or right next door, two hours a
week to 24 hours a day. Caregiving is universal. It
knows no boundaries of age, race, religion, profession
or economic status. Caregiving will touch all of our
lives at some point along the way...continued
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