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Fearless Caregiver Newsletter
 Tuesday September 04, 2012 - Issue #102

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Barry Petersen

In a 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. 

Gary Barg:  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?

Barry 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

Take Care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

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

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Guest Column

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


Caregiver Stress
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 more

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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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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with Barry Petersen

Feature Article

Guest Column
Caring for Individuals with COPD

Caregiver Stress


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