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Fearless Caregiver Newsletter
 Tuesday November 06, 2012 - Issue #111

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Harry Johns

The Alzheimer's Association is the leading, global voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care and support, and the largest private, nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research.

Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg sat down for a wide ranging conversation with Harry Johns, the associationís president & CEO.

Gary Barg: Tell me about the clinical trial education campaign.

Harry Johns: Gary, I worked in the health field for a long time and as you well know, medical science is impeded by the lack of participation in clinical trials across medical research. That is particularly problematic for Alzheimerís disease. We saw an opportunity to reach out to people that we touch every day in our communities from our chapters and try to get more people engaged in doing things that would benefit other people down the road.

Any of us who have been touched by this disease do not want to see others affected by it. We know we cannot eliminate it immediately. But if we can make an impact on it, we at least leave a legacy for the people we have cared for...read more

Take Care

Gary Barg


Feature Article

Lung Cancer Care
By By Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer

Coping with the diagnosis of cancer is only the beginning of the journey.  The entire process of diagnosis, treatment and changes in lifestyle are day by day hurdles for both caregiver and loved one.

Lung cancerís association with smoking, second hand smoke and environmental irritants such as asbestos are factors that modify how one handles the diagnosis...read more

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Guest Column

When Is It Time to Look for a Care Facility?
Janet Ferree, MA

A difficult question? Certainly; and for most of us who have been caring for a disabled and/or sick loved one, an emotional and unsettling one to consider. I am not referring to people in their final stages of life or who suffer from conditions that spark uncontrollable actions. I am writing for those whose loved one continues to live indefinitely with no assistance from machines or other specialized medical care. In such a situation, there can come a time when living at home becomes unsafe, especially when the primary caregiver (usually a spouse or parent) is aging and has physical and/or medical limitations of his or her own...read more


Tips: When Family Pets Canít Move with Your Loved One

From David G in Oregon

The best of all possibilities is finding people in the community to take the pets; people who would visit with the pets. This would keep a connection between their new life and old; and seeing their pets would be a boost for them. As we age, we gain certain things and we lose certain things...read more

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with Harry Johns

Feature Article
Lung Cancer Care

Guest Column
When Is It Time to Look for a Care Facility?

Tips: When Family Pets Canít Move with Your Loved One


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