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 Tuesday February 28, 2012 - Issue #75

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Debbie Reynolds

Legendary star of stage and screen Debbie Reynolds has been enchanting audiences in unforgettable performances for decades. From Singing in the Rain, Tammy and The Unsinkable Molly Brown to the TV series Will and Grace, Debbie has brought joy to generations of fans.


Gary Barg:  You have a unique approach to talking about caregiving. Can you tell me a little about that?

Debbie Reynolds:  I try to get the point across without being too dead-serious, because it is such a difficult subject...continued

Take Care

Gary Barg


Feature Article

Those Inexplicable Instructions!
By Dr. Barry Tepperman

It happens to every caregiver. You're at the doctor's with your loved one. You and your loved one are both feeling well, and your loved one is looking forward to a vacation away-with some strenuous physical...continued

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Guest Column

Beyond the Stethoscope:
Caregiving through a Doctor’s Eyes
By K.L. Anderson, Staff Writer

Caregiving can be anticipated, yet untimely, long distance or right next door, two hours a week to 24 hours a day. Caregiving is universal...continued


Home Care Safety for the Caregiver

Improving support and safety throughout the home:

  • Have smoke detectors installed near kitchen and bedrooms
  • Have safety rails in showers and tubs...continued



My mom recently moved in with my husband and me. She is 83. She is starting with dementia. She takes care of herself as far as bathing and eating. I get her bathroom and food ready and I make sure she takes her pills. I love her so much and could not stand to think of her in assisted living where they wouldn’t monitor her as well. I make sure she bathes or showers daily and I encourage her to wear lipstick and earrings. I am trying to keep her vital and enjoying life.
My problem is, deep down inside, I feel trapped. My sister and brother have been bringing her food and my sister will take her from time to time, but I have two brothers and a sister. I asked them to each commit to one weekend a month so I could plan my weekends and we each would only lose one weekend a month. They will not commit, so I really can’t plan anything. I have to ask each and every time I want to go somewhere and half the time I just don’t go because I have to do it on the spur of the moment. I don't want to feel this way, but I can’t help it. I needed to share this with people that understand where I am coming from. Thanks.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with Debbie Reynolds

Feature Article
Those Inexplicable Instructions!

Guest Column
Beyond the Stethoscope: Caregiving through a Doctor’s Eyes

Home Care Safety for the Caregiver


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