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Fearless Caregiver Newsletter
 Tuesday April 23, 2013 - Issue #133

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Gail Sheehy

Gary Barg: So often, we find that it is a phone call in the middle of the night that marks the beginning of becoming a family caregiver. I was taken by the fact that your caregiving actually did start with a phone call.

Gail Sheehy:  Yes. I think it usually does start with a call. Even with a creeping crisis, where nobody really wants to acknowledge that mom is forgetting more than usual and sometimes cannot find her way home. It may go on for a year or two before there finally will be a crisis and mom will be lost; or you will get a call because dad has run a red light and he does not remember how he got into that accident.

My call was from my husband’s surgeon, who two years before, had removed a cyst on Clay’s neck, had it surveyed and it came back that it was benign. Then, these years later, I get a call saying...read more

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Feature Article

Bipolar Disorder: Keeping Tabs On Medications
By Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer

The cornerstone of managing bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) is medication management. It is also one of the most challenging tasks a caregiver can take on. Reaching a stabilization of the highs and lows that come with bipolar disorder takes time and patience. It also requires a strong relationship between caregiver and loved one, and the same bond with trusted medical professionals...read more

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Guest Column

The Nature of a Beast: Understanding ALS
By Arleen M. Kaptur

There are so many different situations which can make someone a caregiver, like a loved one getting into a horrible accident and being rendered immobilized. The years can begin to take a toll on the mind and body, and help is needed with the simplest of things. Then there are the ravages of a horrific disease...read more


Disaster Preparedness for Elder Loved Ones

It’s no secret that a large percentage of deaths in Katrina-ravaged New Orleans were our sick and our elderly. Even institutions built to safeguard our elderly loved ones were ill-equipped to handle a disaster of this magnitude...read more

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My 95-year-old mother-in-law is burning a lot of what she cooks and we are afraid she will catch the house on fire. She loves to cook. She likes fried foods a lot. Is there any way to fix the stove so it can't be set on high? We talked about unplugging the stove, but then we are afraid she will stop eating altogether. I know there are other ways to cook (microwave, slow cooker, toaster oven), but they are not the same as frying on the stove. Help!


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with
Gail Sheehy

Feature Article
Bipolar Disorder: Keeping Tabs On Medications

Guest Column
The Nature of a Beast: Understanding ALS

Disaster Preparedness
for Elder Loved Ones


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