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Fearless Caregiver Newsletter
 Tuesday October 16, 2012 - Issue #108

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Kate Mulgrew

Kate Mulgrew is an accomplished stage and screen actress most famous for her roles on Star Trek: Voyager as Captain Kathryn Janeway and Ryan's Hope as Mary Ryan. Her multiple awards for acting including an Obie Award, a Golden Satellite Award and a Saturn Award. She has also been nominated for a Golden Globe Award. She is an active member of the Alzheimer's Association National Advisory Council and is a tremendous family caregiving advocate. Kate’s mother, Joan Mulgrew, died on July 27, 2006, after a long battle with the disease.

Gary Barg:  You are an advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association. Could you tell us how you got involved and what your feelings are?

Kate Mulgrew:  I clearly got involved because it has affected me personally.  My mother died of this disease about four years ago.  It took her about nine years to die.  I thought that the journey was so significantly awful that if I could elucidate it for anyone else, if I could somehow clarify it or ease it, I needed to step up to the plate.  So it is a small, but I hope, an important way of giving something back.  My mother shaped me.  If I am anything, certainly in terms of my goodness, it is because of my mother.

Gary Barg:  Tell me about your mother, Joan.  She was a magnificent artist.

Kate Mulgrew:  She was a wonderful artist; but more importantly, she was the mother of eight children.  She was an iconoclast.  She was a maverick.  She was probably the best read person I have ever known.  She was amusing.  She was irreverent...read more

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Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Alleviating Bed Sores Can Be Done
By Marie Santangelo, Staff Writer

Pressure sores are also known as decubitus ulcers and occur in patients who have little or no mobility allowing them to change positions and relieve the pressure on the body. Sores can develop over time and may be diagnosed in “grades” of progression. Prevention is the best method of dealing with anything that compromises our health, but bedsores can be alleviated efficiently when they are addressed in early stages...read more

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Guest Column

Fighting For Your Legs
By Dr. Gary M. Ansel

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), a condition synonymous with the clogging of arteries in the body’s lower extremities, is often referred to as a “silent killer” that can bring with it potentially grave results that include gangrene, amputation, or death.

Data shows that PAD currently affects approximately eight million men and women over the age of 40 in the United States. What’s more, the risk of developing PAD increases dramatically as people grow older, with as many as one in 20 Americans over the age of 50 developing the disease...read more


Take Time
By Amy Kaser, RN

As a Registered Nurse, my previous practice has been primarily focused on the individual with the disease process. I am now in a position that is focused on the Caregiver. The National Family Caregiver Program under the Older Americans Act of 2000 has been the catalyst to change how our health care system is viewing Caregivers. My new role is a Caregiver Support Coordinator for The Area Agency on Aging, Region 9 in Byesville, Ohio...read more

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with Kate Mulgrew

Feature Article
Alleviating Bed Sores Can Be Done

Guest Column
Fighting For Your Legs

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