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Fearless Caregiver Newsletter
 Tuesday August 21, 2012 - Issue #100

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Fran Drescher

Gary Barg:  What should people do when they first think they're not getting the care they deserve?

Fran Drescher: First of all, you have to take notes.  You have to ask questions and go on the Internet and know what your symptoms may be and what tests could be available.  If your doctor seems busy or seems like he's not giving you the amount of attention that you need, you have to move on. You can't be a child. He's not a parent; he's not a god.  Your doctor is a person, who is busy, has a lot of other patients, has his own personal life, has his own personal problems. Ultimately, it's your responsibility to take control of your body. I don't give anyone power of attorney over my money, so why should I do it over my body? Early detection equals survival when it comes to cancer, but so many symptoms can be mistaken for much more benign illnesses. People never thought they should be partners with their physicians in the way they really need to be. There are more and more specialists, and if you're not on top of the game, you're really putting your life in someone else's hands, and that is a terrible mistake...read more

Take Care

Gary Barg
Editor-in-Chief
gary@caregiver.com


Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias

Feature Article

Donít Let Eye Disease Slow You Down

Thanks to advances in modern medicine, personal care and nutrition, there has been an explosion in the quality of life that adults are able to enjoy as they age. The pleasure that stems from having freedom and independence is immense, so what would you do if you were unable to enjoy the same things in life because of a loss of vision?...read more


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Guest Column

It's About Life
By Betsy Murphy, FNP, CHPN

Only 10 percent of Americans will die suddenly. The remainder of us (90 percent) will decline slowly, growing weaker until we die. Because this process is so gradual, we often donít recognize that a loved one is approaching the final weeks of life....read more

Caretips

Moving on: Tips for Selecting a Senior Living Community
By Peter Ganther

Making the move to a senior living community can be one of the biggest life changes for an older adult.  Thankfully, todayís wide range of eldercare options means that there is literally something for everyone in terms of care levels and cost...read more


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I am interested in starting a long-term caregivers support group at my small synagogue in Mississippi, but I donít know where to begin. We donít seem to have a lot of resources here. Any suggestions? I know the Jewish part, but I would love to have a professional help me with the caregiver part!

Thanks.

Valerie

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with Fran Drescher

Feature Article
Donít Let Eye Disease Slow You Down

Guest Column
It's About Life

Caretips
Moving on: Tips for Selecting a Senior Living Community
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