career spanning more than three
decades with CBS News, Barry
Petersen has reported on everything
from wars to Paris fashions and from
the return of American jazz to
Shanghai, China. His stories have
been datelined from virtually every
continent. He has interviewed
Hollywood stars including Jimmy
Stewart, Bill Cosby, Pierce Brosnan
and Sir Anthony Hopkins, as well as
the leaders of the Bosnian war who
were later tried as war criminals.
The thing about Alzheimer’s that is
so insidious is your loved one is
still there, but they are not there.
It is the true long goodbye and
denial is so easy to do. Could
you talk a little bit about how you
walked through that process?
Petersen: The worst part was
realizing afterward what I had done;
and not realizing at the time how
people were reaching out to help me
see it, but I could not. I
guess I am not unusual in that
sense. How could it be Jan?
She is young. She is really
vibrant. She is great.
There is no way she deserves to get
this disease. It cannot be
happening. I think that drove a lot
of my decisions, some of them good,
some of them bad; but it is a huge
part of this denial and this disease
feeds it, just feeds it...read more
By Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer
As caregivers, staying up on the
technological trends is vital to providing our loved
ones with the best care possible. Telemedicine, or
treating people from a distance, is not a new
concept in health care. Since the beginning of the
last century, Australians in remote areas used
two-way radios to communicate with the Royal Flying
Doctor Service...read more
Caring for Individuals with COPD
By John W. Walsh
A diagnosis of chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a life-altering
event for both the individual and the family members or
friends who ultimately sacrifice everything to help
during a difficult life passage. Taking on the role as
caregiver has its challenges, but it can also be the
opportunity of a lifetime...read more
By Kathy Bosworth
More than one quarter of
the adult population (26.6%) has provided care for a
chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or
friend during the past year. Based on current
data, that translates into more than 50 million
people! Sixty-one percent of “intense”
caregivers (those providing at least 21 hours of
care a week) have suffered from depression...read
Recently, my husband was diagnosed with
stage IV cancer. He is in treatment and may even be
completely healed, but it still is frightening. There is
plenty of opportunity for learning to embrace "UNCERTAINTY."
We have both always been the strong, available people who
readily lend a hand to anyone and have listened to many woes
of all sorts. Now, when we are in the shock mode and
need help with what my husband used to take care of, where
are all those we listened to and lent a hand to? It is a new
thing for us to ask for help and interesting to find when we
do ask, we get the "avoidance" response. There are plenty of
support groups for those living with cancer, but the spouse
is basically ignored. No one asks, "How are you holding up?"
or says, "Can I offer you a hug?" Anyone out there have the
same experience? How do I connect with someone who has
similar holistic beliefs on wellness and healing, who isn't
all about God and Prayer, and yet believes in a collective
divinity of responsibility?
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