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Fearless Caregiver Newsletter
 Tuesday October 2, 2012 - Issue #106

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a U.S. congresswoman from Florida. She has long been an advocate for the rights of women, seniors, and children. In 2009, she increased efforts to promote early screening for breast cancer after revealing her own battle with the disease in 2008. The bill passed as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in March 2010.

Gary Barg: What can you tell us about the Early Act?

Debbie Wasserman Schultz: The EARLY Act, called the Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young Act, is legislation that I introduced when I was researching a way that I could help use my own story to really advance the fight against breast cancer. And what I found was that the biggest gap that exists right now is what young women face when they are diagnosed with breast cancer because mostly the focus of breast cancer education is on women who are 40 and over. So the EARLY Act will create an education and awareness campaign targeted at women under 45 years old that will help them understand how to focus on their breast health so that they can minimize their risks and make it more likely if they are diagnosed with breast cancer, it is detected early...read more

Take Care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Pink Ribbon Yoga is for Caregivers, Too
By Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer

Finding stillness within is a perpetual challenge for caregivers and for their loved ones.  Programs often focus on the individual with the health challenge; and while there are resources available for caregivers, it is special to find one that welcomes both caregiver and patient or loved one...read more

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Guest Column

Family Caregiving: Sharing the Work
By Rita L. Calderon

I am my brother’s keeper…
...To love, comfort, honor in sickness and in health...

How we took these words for granted. Yet it was hard to visualize that bright-eyed, young beauty in front of us as old and sick.  And easier to be our brother’s keeper when we lived in extended families in a less transient nation...read more


Working Out and Having a Ball
By J B Buckley

Remember when you were a child and running around the playground, swimming in the community pool, or building a sand castle was fun? Little did you know you were not only having fun, but getting a workout too. With all the challenges we face on a daily basis; caring for our loved-ones, working and cleaning, imagine putting more fun back into your life through exercise...read more

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My husband has frontal temporal dementia. I am so thankful to have a support group. Recently, I placed my husband in a rehab facility, hoping to qualify for a program for assisted living through Medicaid. They discharged him on the fourth day because he didn't need enough help. I told them he needed help with everything, meaning eating, bathing, toileting, meds, dressing, etc.  How did they not know? They knew he had dementia and had a very recent form from the PCP that spelled it out.

I am having a terrible time getting a partial refund for the remainder of the week and his medication, including three pills that should not even be on the list! They excluded the Plavix he takes so his cardiac stents won't get clogged.  That drug is so important, his cardiologist has him stay on it even through a tooth extraction.

You live and learn. Someone should write a "book" on the secrets to nursing home care. It seems anything can and does happen.  There must be good advice to share with all of us who are stuck in the situation of eventually needing nursing home placement.  Or maybe we need a book on how to keep the loved one at home without breaking the bank.  It is becoming very difficult.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Feature Article
Pink Ribbon Yoga is for Caregivers, Too

Guest Column
Family Caregiving: Sharing the Work

Working Out and Having a Ball


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