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 Tuesday October 11, 2011 - Issue #55

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Kate Mulgrew

Kate Mulgrew is an accomplished stage and screen actress most famous for her roles on Star Trek: Voyager as Captain Kathryn Janeway and Ryan's Hope as Mary Ryan. Her multiple awards for acting including an Obie Award, a Golden Satellite Award and a Saturn Award. She has also been nominated for a Golden Globe Award. She is an active member of the Alzheimer's Association National Advisory Council and is a tremendous family caregiving advocate. Kate’s mother, Joan Mulgrew, died on July 27, 2006, after a long battle with the disease.

Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg sat down with Kate in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where they were both featured speakers at the Alzheimer’s Association Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter’s annual conference.

Gary Barg:  You are an advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association.   Could you tell us how you got involved and what your feelings are?

Kate Mulgrew:  I clearly got involved because it has affected me personally.  My mother died of this disease about four years ago.  It took her about nine years to die.  I thought that the journey was so significantly awful that if I could elucidate it for anyone else, if I could somehow clarify it or ease it, I needed to step up to the plate.  So it is a small, but I hope, an important way of giving something back.  My mother shaped me.  If I am anything, certainly in terms of my goodness, it is because of my mother....continued

Take care

Gary Barg

Genworth Financial

Feature Article

Early Detection of Alzheimer's Disease

By Kristine Dwyer, Staff Writer

Dementia itself is not a disease, but rather a set of symptoms that accompany specific diseases.  Dementia is a general term for the loss of memory, language and recognition that is severe enough to interfere with everyday life. Researchers believe dementia may be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors...continued

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Guest Column

The Male Perspective: Caregiver Burnout
By Judd Lewis Parsons
Your wife has just been diagnosed with breast cancer. 

Welcome to one of the hardest experiences you and your wife will ever go through. Nothing can truly prepare you for this. But, if you and your wife face this with the right attitude, it can become (as incredible as this may sound) one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever share...continued


Back Safety Tips
By Peter Ganther
  • Assess your lifting limitations, (do you have back or hip problems, etc) 
  • Are there tools you can use (back support, sliding board, taking out armrest of wheelchair, walker or cane) ...continued

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with
Kate Mulgrew

Feature Article
Early Detection of Alzheimer's Disease 

Guest Column
The Male Perspective: Caregiver Burnout

Back Safety Tips   


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