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Thursday July 5, 2012 - Issue #596

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Live, Laugh, Love
Clay Walker

Ernest Clayton (Clay) Walker, Jr. is a talented man, with a large group of dedicated fans; a good man, who has created a non-profit organization, Band against MS, dedicated to supporting those living with multiple sclerosis; and an extremely lucky man, with a wife, Jessica, who makes sure that she says “I love you” every time he injects the Copaxone drug necessary to help treat his own MS. MS is a disease that affects the central nervous system—the brain and spinal cord. It can cause problems with muscle control and strength, vision, balance, feeling and thinking. Walker, who's in remission, has what's called relapsing-remitting MS.

Clay was first diagnosed in 1996 as he was playing his usual pick-up basketball game with friends. During the game, his leg stopped working and he was experiencing double vision. "I went for an MRI and they found lesions and scars on my brain. That's what multiple sclerosis (MS) means—multiple scars," Walker says.

After the diagnosis of MS was confirmed, his concerns turned to his young daughter; would he be able to dance at her wedding or even be around long enough to give away the bride? And even more, would he be able to play with her and her two siblings to come...read more

Take Care

Gary Barg


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Featured Article

Managing Lung Disease

By Cheryl Ellis, RPFT, CRT, Staff Writer

The lungs oversee the body’s oxygen needs by taking in air deep into their corridors (called bronchi), allowing for oxygen and carbon dioxide to filter in and out of the blood. The dance of oxygen exchange becomes more complicated with inhaled pollutants of different kinds, such as tobacco smoke, pollution and congestion from infections...read more

Guest Column

Insomnia: The Caregiver's Role

A growing number of seniors today face the difficulty of sleep disorders, commonly referred to as insomnia. Up to 30% of the elderly experience infrequent sleep patterns, apnea (the stoppage of breath), and waking up too early...read more

Long-Term Care Channel


Leaving Your Loved One Home Alone

If it has not already been debated, the possibility of leaving your loved one alone in your home is certainly bound to occur. You will no doubt have many questions to ponder as you decide upon the prospects of leaving them such as, will they attempt to go outside?, will they hurt themselves?, or will they need emergency assistance?...read more

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Sharing Wisdom

From Christopher in Arizona 

This is my 20th year caregiving to my disabled son. I write poems, read, and try to relax when he rests—my forms of escape. But most of all, I think of the good times and hug him and tell him how much he means to me.  This makes us both feel better because we have shared a smile of happier times.

From Jeanne in Iowa

The National Family Caregiver Support Program provides individual counseling, support, information, education and referrals to needed services.  Call your local Area Agency on Aging and ask to speak to the Caregiver Specialist. You aren't alone, and this program can help sort through the options that are available to help caregivers and their loved ones.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Live, Laugh, Love Clay Walker

Featured Article

Managing Lung Disease
Guest Column

Insomnia: The Caregiver's Role


Leaving Your Loved One Home Alone
Sharing Wisdom


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