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 Tuesday January 03, 2012 - Issue #67

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefHelping Kids Cope:
An Interview with Maria Shriver

Maria’s book, What’s Happening to Grandpa?, shines a light on the challenges faced by families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and how they can best create communication between the involved generations.

Maria, a New York Times bestselling author whose other books include: What’s Wrong With Timmy?, What’s Heaven?, Ten Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Went Out Into The Real World, And One More Thing Before You Go, and Just Who Will You Be?: Big Question, Little Book, Answer Within, sat down with Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg prior to the passing of her parents, Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr. and Eunice Kennedy Shriver, to talk about her work for family caregivers.

Gary Barg: Was there a moment when you first knew that your father was living with Alzheimer’s disease?

Maria Shriver: I didn’t have a specific moment in time. I think like anybody in this situation, as your parents get older, you become more aware that certain things aren't the way they used to be... continued

Take care

Gary Barg


Feature Article

OCD in Elderly for Caregivers
By Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is defined in part by the Merck Manual as “anxiety provoking thoughts and urges.”  While the publication (a staple in the medical field for years) notes that symptoms are not often prominent in the elderly, caregivers may disagree...continued

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Guest Column

Disease Management: Riding the New Wave of Care
By Rose Lucas, RN

The health care industry is looking like old Scrooge every day, between the doctors’ fees for services that don’t come with the Marcus Welby, MD bedside manner and the faster than a speeding bullet price rises in pharmaceutical drugs....continued


Tips: Is It Time to Stop Driving?

Some people are able to continue driving in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, but it requires ongoing evaluation to ensure safety.  Here are some tips from the Alzheimer’s Association that it may be time to stop driving...continued



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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
Helping Kids Cope: An Interview with Maria Shriver

Feature Article
OCD in Elderly for Caregivers

Guest Column
Disease Management: Riding the New Wave of Care

Tips: Is It Time to Stop Driving


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