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Fearless Caregiver Newsletter
 Tuesday March 19, 2013 - Issue #128

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefLessons from Caregivers
with Famous Faces

Here are some lessons learned from some really smart caregivers: Form a partnership with your doctors. If you don’t stop and take care of you, you won’t be good for anybody. Be proactive—don’t treat your loved one’s pain lightly. BE THERE. When there is support, there is hope. The caregivers dispelling this advice are not degreed professionals. Their names are (in order of advice given) Barry Manilow, Montel Williams, Larry King and Héctor Elizondo.

I actually have my sister Linda to thank for the opportunity to interview these and many other caregivers with famous faces over the past two decades. In 1995, when Today’s Caregiver first rolled off the presses, she started lobbying for us to include celebrity cover interviews in each issue. This is something that had never been done before and frankly, I thought it was a terrible idea. I was convinced that family caregivers would react negatively to stories about the rich and famous caring for their loved ones. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Finally, in the third issue of the magazine, we ran our first celebrity cover interview and the responses were absolutely tremendous—a fact she never lets me forget...read more

Take Care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Nutrition Ideas for Stress Reduction
By Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer

Stress depletes the body of energy in a variety of ways. Loss of sleep, feelings of agitation or depression, and development of poor eating habits are “side effects” of stress that need intervention...read more

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Guest Column

Power Caregiving
By Mary Z. McGrath, Ph.D.

When the first signs of a serious illness occur in a spouse, friend or family member, one may feel very powerless and overwhelmed. Surprisingly though, when assuming the role of caregiver, whether directly in your home or indirectly if your loved one is in a facility or hospital...read more


Eating Disorders: How to Offer Support
By Christopher Clark

If you are a spouse or parent of someone with an eating disorder, you are all too aware of that feeling of helplessness as you watch your loved one’s physical and psychological condition deteriorate.  You may notice changes in personality.  An individual may turn from being sociable and energetic to being withdrawn and depressed...read more

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I am trying to help a friend who is a caregiver to her aging mother. The
mother lives with her and is very verbally and physically abusive to her. From
what I can gather, the mother has always mistreated her and has always hated her, like she is angry she gave birth to her. Now, the mother lives with her and she is the caregiver, yet the abuse does not stop. My friend is an emotional wreck and I would like to help her, but I don't know how. Is there anywhere in the Montgomery County, Texas area that I can send her to for help?


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
Lessons from Caregivers with Famous Faces

Feature Article
Nutrition Ideas for Stress Reduction

Guest Column
Power Caregiving

Eating Disorders: How to Offer Support


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