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From The Editor
An Interview with Kristi and
Olympic Gold Medalist, New York Times
best-selling author and fitness
enthusiast, Kristi Yamaguchi, is a
long-time advocate for influenza
vaccination as part of the American Lung
Association’s Faces of Influenza
This year, Kristi is joined on the
campaign by her own mother, Carole
Yamaguchi, who wants to let older adults
like herself know that their age group
is at higher risk for developing
influenza-related complications and that
there are specific vaccination options
for them. In fact, people 65 years of
age and older have the highest rates of
hospitalization and death from influenza
and its complications despite having the
highest immunization rates in the U.S.
Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg sat down with
Kristi and Carole to talk about this
timely subject for all family and
The goal of
Influenza is to
Because it is a
illness, it can
lead to many
aged 65 and
CDC [Centers for
the age of six
You are saying
it is especially
people who might
for seniors to
We are observing Charcot-Marie-Tooth Awareness
Month this September.
Listen to Gary’s Interview
with Matthew Downing, CMT advocate living with CMT
Lung Cancer Care
By Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer
oping with the diagnosis of
cancer is only the beginning of the journey.
The entire process of diagnosis, treatment and
changes in lifestyle are day by day hurdles for both
caregiver and loved one...continued
Lessen The Squeeze: Caregiver Coping
By Carolyn K. Schultz
According to the Alzheimer’s
Association (2000), 5.75 million Americans are in the
“Sandwich Generation” of caring for both children and
parents, and women represent the majority of caregivers
for family members. ...continued
The day you discover your child has cancer, your
whole life changes. No matter what the outcome may
be, you are now living on an emotional roller
When my son was first diagnosed, he was scared and
angry, and he was embarrassed to lose his hair. The
fact remained that although he was now a cancer
patient, he was still a 14 year old teenager with
all the typical emotions, feelings and concerns.
Are there any resources out there for disabled
I am a woman who has been disabled for
about a decade and I am taking care of my 83-year-old father
(after having taken care of both him and my mother).
My energy is very limited, which makes caring for his
increasing dementia very difficult.
knowing others are others there who are like me would help
greatly, but to have information on how to maximize our
abilities, our tasks, etc., would be phenomenal.
I think what I miss most is someone to talk to; someone who
can carry on a conversation. Being virtually
housebound is very isolating!
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guidance you can offer
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