Manilow is best known for such
recordings as “Could It Be Magic,”
“Mandy,” “Can’t Smile Without You,”
and “Copacabana (At the Copa).” In
1978, five of his albums were on the
best-selling charts simultaneously.
He has recorded a string of
Billboard hit singles and
multi-platinum albums that have
resulted in his being named Radio &
Records number one Adult
Contemporary artist and winning
three straight American Music Awards
for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist.
For more than 15 years, however,
Manilow has continued his success
while one critically important
detail was out of rhythm: his heart.
Manilow is one of more than 2.5
million Americans living with
atrial fibrillation (AFib).
Gary Barg: Watching
you perform, it is hard to believe
that you were dealing with AFib even
while you were on stage. How
did the disease manifest itself and
what did you do?
Barry Manilow: About
15 years ago, I was driving home and
it felt to me like my heart skipped
a beat, which did not seem very
important. But as I kept driving, my
heart skipping a beat kept getting
more and more out of whack. It
was not just a little skipping a
beat; it started to feel like it
was—the only way I can put it is out
Your heart goes
faster when you are jogging or when
you are excited. You hear a
boom-boom-boompa-dum and maybe it
it’s the same tempo. But with AFib,
it goes out of
wumpadoomp—like that. The first time
it happened, I thought, well, I am
dying or something. What’s going on
here? And then it kind of went away
and I did not do anything about it,
which was wrong...read more
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By Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer
On average, a person swallows 600
times a day. Every swallow requires four stages, 25
different muscles and five nerves. Drinking water or
eating is something most people take for granted,
while others struggle with these basic abilities on
a daily basis...read more
An Errand for My Mother
By Nancy Jones
My mother took the best years
of my life. When I was 39 years old, and she 69, she
announced quite matter-of-factly during my visit to her
home in Worcester, Massachusetts, that she now knew how
she would cope with her recent first heart attack: "I'm
moving in with you." It was a simple declaration; not
really open for discussion.
The year was 1976. I was
married and living in New York City in a small apartment
with my husband and l0-year-old son. I visited her
frequently in Worcester, where she had lived all of her
Tips to Prevent Senior Scams
By Allen Riggs
There is a ring at the front door and you answer. A kind-hearted gentleman informs you that he has just fixed your neighbor’s roof and he has a lot of material left over. He tells you that your roof is in bad shape and there is a bad storm brewing. He says that your house could get damaged and cost you thousands if you don’t act now. In fact, he will give you a special rate if you pay up front in cash. You don’t want to have a leaky roof and you can’t pass up such a great deal...read
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