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Fearless Caregiver Newsletter
 Tuesday June 05, 2012 - Issue #89

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Henry Winkler

Henry Winkler is an actor, director, author and producer. He is best known for playing the iconic role of “Fonzie” on the 1970s sitcom Happy Days. Originally his part was secondary, but after just a few episodes, “Fonzie Fever” swept the nation. 
Henry is also ambassador for the Open Arms Campaign supporting people living with upper limb spasticity (ULS), which affected his mother after her stroke in 1989. Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg sat down with Henry Winkler to talk about the Open Arms Campaign, and caring for ourselves as we care for our loved ones.   

Gary Barg: Let me start by saying, Welcome, Mr. Ambassador.

Henry Winkler: Thank you.

Gary Barg: I know that you have an OBE Knighthood from the Queen of England, but you are also the Ambassador for the Open Arms Campaign to help educate people about upper limb spasticity [ULS]. How did you get involved in the campaign?

Henry Winkler: Well, my mother had a stroke in ‘89 causing upper limb spasticity...read more

Take Care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

It's In The Genes
By Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer

Any diagnosis of any disease is scary. When a loved one finds out it’s hereditary, the unknown becomes even more concerning.

Neuropathy is a disease of one or more nerves that leads to weakness and wasting of muscles...read more

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Guest Column

Caring for a Child with Diabetes
By Michelle Reynolds
Children with diabetes are the same as any other children in the need for attention, guidance, and love, but they have special needs when it comes to controlling their diabetes. Diabetes comes in two forms with children almost always diagnosed with Type 1, known as insulin-dependent, requiring regular injections of insulin to regulate the sugar in the blood...read more


Balance – Fall Prevention
What does it mean and what can be done about it?
By Lori Peppi Michiel

Maintaining balance is the result of a complex interaction of many systems in the human body. With aging, changes occur that reduce how efficient these systems work. Many identifying risk factors for falling can be, but not limited to, balance/gait problems, prior falls, vision, limited ability to perform Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s), depression/dementia and medications...read more

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My father is 96 and has been in hospice at his assisted living facility for three months. I have found that even with both services, no one is really overseeing his care but me. The concept of assisted living does not provide for this kind of care. The ratio of residents to staff is too high and those residents who are more verbal and demanding get the most attention. My father is neither. Only occasionally do I find a conscientious staff member who checks in on Dad and tends to his needs, and that changes with each shift.

Hospice is wonderful, but this agency is limited by its scope and staff as well. Now that Dad is doing so poorly, it's been necessary for me to be there constantly or to hire additional help to watch over him. I would caution others to ask around about the level of care in the assisted living facility he or she is considering. It's something I wish I had considered more carefully when I made the initial living arrangements for my father.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with Henry Winkler

Feature Article
It's In The Genes

Guest Column
Caring for a Child with Diabetes

Balance – Fall Prevention


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