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Fearless Caregiver Newsletter
 Tuesday July 24, 2012 - Issue #96

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Delta Burke and Gerald McRaney

Gary Barg: Mac, did it take a while for Delta to see that it was time to see a therapist, or bring professionals into it?

Gerald McRaney: It was a matter of, among other things, searching for the right medication, and just sort of time with the therapist, until things began to make sense to Delta. To me, that was one of the things about the medications that they are not, in and of themselves, going to cure depression; but they will let you get out of your own way long enough that you and your therapist can take care of the symptoms.

GB: That’s right. We’re always talking to caregivers about there being no “magic bullet.” But everything is a shovel full of dirt for you to fill in that hole you’ve been standing in...read more

Take Care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Caring for the Paralyzed
By Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer

In 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 1 in 50 Americans is living with some degree of paralysis. Paralysis can be either complete or partial, occurring on one or both sides of the body. It also can affect just one area, or be a widespread issue. Paraplegia is when paralysis affects the lower half of a loved one’s body, and quadriplegia is paralysis of both arms and legs...read more

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Guest Column

Positive Aspects of Caregiving
By Priscilla Fritter Peterson, Ruth Brinn, Marcia S. Marx, PhD
& Jiska Cohen-Mansfield, PhD

Caring for a person with a debilitating illness is often challenging. It becomes all the more difficult when the person is in the throes of Alzheimer’s disease. Those affected can display mood swings, repeat words in a constant patter or show a complete lack of communication, have aggressive or docile behavior, and show recognition of loved ones or seem completely unaware...read more


Mobility Friendly Home
By Kate Shuman, Staff Writer

Begin by asking the person with a mobility issue where they’re experiencing the most difficulty in the home. Aside from mobility and safety issues, you can also help them think about other areas where they may be experiencing some difficulty, such as how and where things should be stored, how to clean certain things around the home, and how to make food and meal preparation easier for them...read more

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I am caring for a formerly athletic, robust, middle-aged health care professional whose life changed in one day due to the diagnosis of brain cancer.  My life, too, turned upside down.

Here's my question. I have located resources for applying for educational grant aid for cancer patients, but NOT for caregivers who must leave work due to caregiver load. I wish to consider online programs for further education, but where can I find possible financial aid resources?

Thanks so much.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with Delta Burke and Gerald McRaney

Feature Article
Caring for the Paralyzed

Guest Column
Positive Aspects of Caregiving

Mobility Friendly Home


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Educate yourself & other caregivers on any medication given to a loved one. The internet is wonderful to help you...continued