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Fearless Caregiver Newsletter
 Tuesday April 16, 2013 - Issue #132

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with David Hyde Pierce

Gary Barg:  As a Board Member of the Alzheimer’s Association, you must have a good understanding of the progress being made to help people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Do you think we’re any closer to finding a cure?

David Hyde Pierce:  We’re always closer to getting a cure, but we’re still not close enough. The researchers have been working tirelessly, and we have some of the best people in the scientific world focused on this disease because it is such an enigma and such a tragedy on so many different levels. People for humanitarian reasons, for economic reasons, for all sorts of reasons, want to find a way to slow this disease down. In fact, even more than a cure, if we could just find a way to slow it down so that people do what they used to do a hundred years ago, which is, for the most part, pass away before...read more

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Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Grand Caregivers
By Paul Wynn

With the increase in multi-generational families, grandchildren are playing a bigger role in caring for grandma and grandpa.

For more than 12 years, Helen “Pixie” Hicks has been lovingly cared for by her 41-year old grandson, David Dunham, who balances the demands of caregiving with his full-time position at the University of California at Berkeley...read more

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Guest Column

Music—Magical Medicine

Increasingly despondent, plagued by an alphabet soup of physical, mental and emotional ailments, our expanding elderly population is on a constant lookout for better methods of coping and obtaining some modicum of comfort, dignity and quality in their lives as they age...read more


Surviving a Fractured Hip

Some preparation before a loved one comes home from the hospital will reduce the demands on the caregiver, and will facilitate recovery. It is recommended the caregiver purchase...read more

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I have had to dismiss four caregivers (and am on my way to five) that we employed to help care for my husband who has Parkinson’s. They are all qualified at their jobs. The problem is ME.  I am highly allergic to perfumes—any products, personal or household, that have fragrance. They are making me sick. I explain in great detail on the phone exactly what we need for them to do and not do if they want the job, and again at the interview. After a few days, they show up with some kind of scent that is musky, sweet, and/or perfumed. I have purchased the products for them that I use for myself and in my home. I go out into the world every day and hardly ever encounter these particular odors.  Yet it seems as if each caregiver who comes to us just ignores my requests.

Is there some kind of agency that would specialize in caregivers who are trained NOT to wear any fragrances, who use detergents that are "fragrance-free" and so on? I am just exasperated beyond belief. My husband is in the hospital as I write this and, sure enough, the caregiver I hired for the night showed up with the exact "smell." What are the odds of that?

Any advice would be appreciated.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with
David Hyde Pierce

Feature Article
Grand Caregivers

Guest Column
Music—Magical Medicine

Surviving a Fractured Hip


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