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Fearless Caregiver Newsletter
 Tuesday August 28, 2012 - Issue #101

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Richard Cohen & Meredith Vieira

Richard M. Cohen is an Emmy award winning television producer and best-selling author. His book, “Strong at the Broken Places,” tells the intimate stories of five people living with serious chronic illnesses. Richard and his wife, Meredith Vieira sat down with Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg to talk of their lives as parents, professional communicators, and partners in care.
Gary Barg: Why do you think language is so very important to people living with chronic illness, and to their families?  

Richard Cohen: Well, I think language is a powerful weapon.  People who have chronic illnesses have a constant battle with how people see them.  And I always say, when I’m talking to groups, that you’re really fighting on two fronts.  You’re not just fighting an illness, you’re fighting public attitudes and public perceptions of the person with the illness, and many times that can be worse than the illness.  

Meredith Vieira: I wanted to pick up on what you were saying, Richard, because perception also applies to the people who are with someone who is chronically ill...read more

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Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Art for Alzheimer’s
By Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer

Loved ones with dementia or Alzheimer’s may be struggling from the four “A’s” of the disease – anxiety, agitation, aggression and apathy.  Another “A” is a proven way to lessen the other symptoms, while providing a sense of peace and familiarity for loved ones. That is “Art.”...read more

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Guest Column

RX For The Caregiver
By Janet Listokin, M.A., C.T.R.S.

Do caregivers experience physical and emotional stress?  Do they have special needs, which are to be addressed so that they can perform effectively? Are there ways caregivers can, and must, take care of themselves?  “Quality of Life,” most often, is discussed in terms of the individual requiring the care.  However, it must also be experienced by the caregiver...read more


Parkinson's Disease: Tips for Caregivers
By Sandra Ray, Staff Writer

With more than one million people affected with Parkinson’s disease in the United States today, there are many issues that caregivers are either facing now or will face in the future. Parkinson’s disease is a slow, degenerative disease manifesting itself in stiff muscles, difficulty walking, and other movement-related issues over time...read more

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How do I get my mother to wear incontinence underwear?  When she uses the bathroom, she does not wipe herself. Urine wets her pants a little each time and it smells all over the apartment. Every time I explain and remind her to wipe after using bathroom, we always got into argument. Any suggestions? Thanks.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with Richard Cohen & Meredith Vieira

Feature Article
Art for Alzheimer’s

Guest Column
RX For The Caregiver

Parkinson's Disease: Tips for Caregivers


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