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Fearless Caregiver Newsletter
 Tuesday June 19, 2012 - Issue #91

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Linda Dano -
Canine Companions

Gary Barg: Tell me what about the “Support Partners Canine Companions Program” 
Linda Dano: In traveling the country and talking with thousands of people, we all realized the vitally important role that our dogs and cats and animals in general play in our lives. They can be more than just the family pet and actually become a part of your support team in a really valuable, intense way. For instance, when Frank died and I went down that terrible road of depression, the one thing aside from my support team of girlfriends and doctors, were my dogs. These dogs were with me when I was all alone, and because I had them, I was never completely isolated. Late at night when I couldn’t sleep, when I felt no joy and felt hopeless, they were there.  I had a reason to get up and get out of bed, which is a key thing for someone suffering from depression, as you know. Just any of the little things we take for granted when we’re feeling good about ourselves are hard to do; but if you have a pet, you have to tend to them: you have to feed them, walk them; you get away from yourself for a minute. You have someone to focus on, and we realized how important this element of trying to get our lives back is, so we added canine companions to the Support Partners Program. It’s really working, and people are looking at their pets in a much different light.  Animals help you focus on something other than how bad things are; you look in the eyes of an animal and it’s comforting. 
GB: What kind of feedback are you getting from caregivers about the program?.
..read more

Take Care

Gary Barg


Feature Article

Seniors & HIV

National HIV Testing Day June 27

There are more than 1 million people in the United States living with HIV. One-fourth of them do not know that they are HIV-infected. The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested...read more

Fearless Caregiver Conferece Western CT

Guest Column

Getting A Grip On Swallowing Problems
By Roya Sayadi, Ph.D., CCC-SLP and Joel Herskowitz, M.D.

When you sit down to dinner with your mother, do you wonder why she constantly clears her throat?

Are you puzzled as to why her nose runs after nearly every meal?...read more


Surviving a Fractured Hip
By L. Theresa Pantanella, OTR.

Some preparation before a loved one comes home from the hospital will reduce the demands on the caregiver, and will facilitate recovery. It is recommended the caregiver purchase:

1. A reacher. This will enable your loved one to pick up items from the floor or those just "out of reach"...read more

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I want to know if other people living with Parkinson’s have a lot of mucus? It gets so bad at times, my husband chokes. He also has a G-tube. He is on a nebulizer several times a day, which helps some. We worry about his lungs.  Any suggestions?

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with Linda Dano

Feature Article
Seniors & HIV

Guest Column
Getting A Grip On Swallowing Problems

Surviving a Fractured Hip


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