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Fearless Caregiver Newsletter
 Tuesday February 05, 2013 - Issue #122

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Joy Behar

Gary Barg:  Joy, it's a real pleasure to talk with you again and I loved reading Straight Talk, A Woman's Guide to Heart Health.  It's filled with great information from you, Eve, and a slew of medical professionals. I was really taken with videotaped interviews with survivors.  What do you think women can learn from these incredible survivor stories?

Joy Behar:  Whenever somebody survives a horrible incident like a heart attack or cancer or a tragedy, I was thinking, how do you get through something like that?  What you learn is the old adage, “If it doesn't kill you, it makes you stronger.” So you learn that you have to deal with your illness.  You can't ignore it.  You have to be somebody who is proactive about what’s going to happen to you. I come from a family with heart disease on my mother's side of the family and I'm very proactive; I learned that from my mother. She was on Coumadin for many years and if she were alive today, I think that she would have better care.  She died in 1991, and a lot of things have happened since then to make it easier...read more

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Feature Article

Matters of the Heart Reclaiming Intimacy After a Heart Attack
By Mary Damiano

One of the biggest issues caregivers face when their loved one is recovering from a heart attack is resuming intimacy. One reason for this is the myth that sexual activity can bring on another attack.

While there are cases—the most famous perhaps, is ex-Vice President Nelson Rockefeller having a heart attack and dying while in the act with his mistress—cardiologists agree that sexual activity for people who have had heart attacks is no more strenuous than climbing two flights of stairs...read more

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Guest Column

My Mother Doesn’t Listen To Me! The New Role Of Eldercare Mediation
By Doris Haas, RN, CCM, CMC

As a geriatric care manager, I am considered an expert in issues relating to the elderly.  However, where my mother is concerned, I am just a daughter who cares.  She often takes the advice of friends and even strangers over mine...read more


Tips for Organizing a Medical History
By Kathy Porter

A trip to the emergency room made me realize why caregivers are advised to organize heath information. Like many caregivers, I share the task of going with my loved one to appointments. My sister usually takes our mom to the dentist, audiologist and optometrist...read more

CFA 2013 Call for Entries


My 91-year-old mom has dementia and is getting harder to feed. She tries to outsmart feeders with her closed mouth. She's still very smart and seems to resent any invasions including appetite stimulants.  The one I tried helped, but it gives her diarrhea and insomnia. I'd like to try something herbal. Anyone had experience? Thanks.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with Joy Behar

Feature Article
Matters of the Heart Reclaiming Intimacy After a Heart Attack

Guest Column
My Mother Doesn’t Listen To Me! The New Role Of Eldercare Mediation

Tips for Organizing a Medical History


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