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 Tuesday October 18, 2011 - Issue #56

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Jane Seymour

Jane Seymour is an actress, producer, artist, jewelry designer, writer, health advocate and caregiver. She is best known for her starring role in the TV series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and her many film roles including Oh Heavenly Dog with Chevy Chase and Somewhere in Time with Christopher Reeve in 1980. Jane and Christopher remained friends for over 20 years, until his death in 2004. After his accident, Seymour was inspired by his extraordinary strength and will to live. His inspiration caused her to reach out to mentor young people with spinal cord injury.  In 2008, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation presented her with their Philanthropy Award at their 4th Annual Los Angeles Gala.

Gary Barg spoke with Jane about Dana and Christopher Reeve, caregiving and how to best care for yourself.

Gary Barg:  I just want to tell you I was a tremendous fan of Dana Reeve.  We did a cover interview with her in 1999 and I will always remember her fondly.  She was just a remarkable person and a great caregiver.  And the things that she told me in that interview I talk about in speeches to this day.  I know you received an award from the foundation.

Jane Seymour:  Dana was an amazing woman.  Chris and Dana, to this day, are my inspiration; both of them for what they did.  Chris could very easily have focused on what he needed to make his life more comfortable. Instead, he went out of his way and pushed himself to the limit to try and find a cure and work for other people with disabilities and all kinds of ailments. And Dana was a tirelessly wonderful caregiver.  It’s just inconceivable to me that we lost her...continued

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Gary Barg

Genworth Financial

Feature Article

Traveling for a Cure

By Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer

In the very olden days, people traveled to “take cures” at the Swiss Alps and other locales such as tuberculosis sanatoriums. Traveling to receive treatment, even several weeks to convalesce at the beach, was often a first choice option. Our current society, defined by insurance diagnosis codes and restrictions on coverage, may contribute to moving us toward “med tourism” as an alternative to being turned down for needed care...continued

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Guest Column

Depression: The Hidden Symptom of Parkinson’s
By Sherri Issa
Until recently, depression as a symptom of Parkinson's Disease (PD) was one of the most debilitating of all the symptoms of the disease. We now know that the disease involves a chemical deficit in the brain and affects physical movement as well as emotions. With the aid of advanced medical care and self- help no one with PD should have to live with the deep misery of untreated depression...continued


Lessen The Squeeze: Caregiver Coping Skills
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

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with
Jane Seymour

Feature Article
Traveling for a Cure 

Guest Column
Depression: The Hidden Symptom of Parkinson’s

Lessen The Squeeze: Caregiver Coping Skills  


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