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 Tuesday August 30, 2011 - Issue #49

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief An Interview with Barry Petersen

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 that process?

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

Take care

Gary Barg

Genworth Financial

Feature Article

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

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Guest Column

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

Caretips CareList: Colon Cancer

When the diagnosis is colon cancer, what are your responsibilities as a caregiver?

  • Call your local county medical association to find a physician with significant experience with the type of cancer diagnosed...continued

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Does anyone know about caring for the morbidly obese? My daughter married a man who weighs over 600 pounds and I feel so sorry for her—she is the breadwinner, the cook, the laundress, the everything. Also, he has an ulcer on his leg near his ankle that won't heal. They have three dogs and are not the cleanest of housekeepers—dog hair everywhere. I try to help clean, but I'm not a young person and the task seems daunting. I feel bad for her and scared for him with that open sore. When I ask about doctors’ appointments, they don't want to share information and I hate to pry. Does anyone out there care for a person who is morbidly obese?


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with
Barry Petersen

Feature Article
Charting Your Course With Parkinson's Disease Care  

Guest Column
Beyond the Stethoscope

Caretips CareList: Colon Cancer  


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