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Fearless Caregiver Newsletter
 Tuesday February 26, 2013 - Issue #125

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Patty Loveless

Gary Barg:  I know that you’ve been personally affected by COPD—your sister, your dad, your friends.  What message would you want to tell our readers about COPD awareness?

Patty Loveless:  I think more than anything that I just would like to tell them that it’s the fourth leading cause of death in this country right now and there are possibly 24 million people walking around with it and they don’t even know they might have some form of COPD.

COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and a lot of people that I’ve been meeting have been coming up and talking to me about the symptoms, like shortness of breath. I’m trying to encourage them to seek treatment if they are at risk and I’m really trying to get them to take the five question screener  and not to be afraid.  It’s a relief when you know what you’ve got to deal with...read more

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Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Animals as Caregivers
By Frances Maguire Paist

“It’s funny how dogs and cats know the insides of folks better than other folks do, isn’t it?” With those words written in 1912, Pollyanna author Eleanor Porter foreshadowed what many of our nation’s...read more

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Guest Column

Pity!? – What Children With Special Needs Really Need

By Helen Rauch-Elnekave
Ph.D. Pediatric Psychologist

Children who are chronically ill, physically challenged, or who suffer from learning difficulties need our RESPECT, not our PITY.  When we pity children, we feel sorry for them, indulge them and, in the process, actually show them disrespect...read more


Six New Items on the Menu For a Liquid Diet
By Rebekah Hindman

“Food has been the main topic in our house for the last year,” shares an anonymous patient on the Cancer Survivor Network web site. “My husband says he’s tired of hearing about what I can or can’t eat. I couldn’t do Ensure or Boost at all. I’m not sure how I survived the six months—lost 55 pounds. . So for you caregivers, please be patient. Keep trying different foods.”...read more

CFA 2013 Call for Entries


I am emotionally spent caring for my mom with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s, dealing with my recently deceased dad's estate, family conflict and, most of all, the ongoing task of finding good help. Since my dad became ill three years ago, we have been through 11 home health aides, private hire and through agencies. My dilemma is that most think this is a TV watching job. I am at my mom's house two days per week to offset expenses and my sister is there on weekends. Watching my mom decline is heart wrenching. Any advice?
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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with Patty Loveless

Feature Article
Animals as Caregivers

Guest Column
Pity – What Children With Special Needs Really Need

Six New Items on the Menu For a Liquid Diet


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