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 Tuesday March 13, 2012 - Issue #77

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Susan Morse

From the time she was conceived, Susan Morse was her mother’s “special” child. Now she finds herself as part of the sandwich generation, responsible for a woman whose 85 years have been single-mindedly devoted to identifying “The Answer to Everything.” This week’s Answer looks like it may be the real thing. Susan’s mother is becoming a nun. The Habit, Susan Morse’s fresh and funny new memoir, offers readers a look at a mother-daughter relationship that is both universal and unique.

With three soon-to-be-college-bound kids, a busy television/movie/Broadway actor husband, David Morse (St. Elsewhere, House, The Hurt Locker), and menopause kicking in, Morse, at age 48, already has her hands full. Her father has passed and her siblings live far away, so her mother’s cancer diagnosis and need for extensive surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy mean Morse must become her caregiver and patient advocate. The job, akin to herding a cat in a darkened maze, is given the serious name it deserves: “Operation Ma.”

Susan Morse was educated at Williams College and has worked as an actress in L.A. and New York. She now lives in Philadelphia with her husband and their three children. She has edited fiction, although this book is nonfiction. “Mostly,” she promises.

Gary Barg: I have to tell you, Susan, I love that you open the book with the phrase, “Nobody dies at the end of this book.”  I just thought, with all the caregiving books I have read, and wonderful books, too, that’s just so refreshing. Thank you for that. 

Susan Morse: When I started writing the book, we were in the...continued

Take Care

Gary Barg


Feature Article

What to about Mom or Dad?
Find the Expertise You Need in a Professional Geriatric Care Manager
By Cheryl Smith, MA

You are managing your time pretty well—things are tight and...continued

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Guest Column

In Sickness and in Health
A commitment made in harmony with unimaginable importance
By Marvin Wiebener

The word caregiver has many meanings, with definitions...continued


Top Ten Things a Caregiver Needs from a Health Care Provider
By Gary Barg

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When you've been a caregiver for a dozen years and your own health is now precarious, how do you continue to care for your loved one?  I started this strong and healthy and, 12 years later, I am frailer than my 92-year-old mother.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with Susan Morse

Feature Article
What to about Mom or Dad? Find the Expertise You Need in a Professional Geriatric Care Manager

Guest Column
In Sickness and in Health

Top Ten Things a Caregiver Needs from a Health Care Provider


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