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Fearless Caregiver Newsletter
 Tuesday October 30, 2012 - Issue #110

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief'He Writes The Songs'
The Barry Manilow Interview

Barry 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 of rhythm.

Your heart goes faster when you are jogging or when you are excited. You hear a boom-boom-boompa-dum and maybe it goes faster—boompa-doompa-doomp; it’s the same tempo. But with AFib, it goes out of whack—ba-doomp-boom,badooma-dooma-dooma-badooma-badooma 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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Gary Barg
Editor-in-Chief
gary@caregiver.com


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Feature Article

Social Aspects of Dysphagia
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


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Guest Column

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 life...read more

Caretips

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 more


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Cheryl

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
The Barry Manilow Interview

Feature Article
Social Aspects of Dysphagia

Guest Column
An Errand for My Mother

Caretips
Tips to Prevent Senior Scams
Carenotes
 

 

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