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Fearless Caregiver Newsletter
 Tuesday May 28, 2013 - Issue #138

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Claude Wischik

Gary Barg: Dr. Wischik, what is the current state of the science of determining the cause and possible treatment for Alzheimer’s disease?

Claude Wischik: For the last twenty years or so the field has focused almost exclusively on the amyloid hypothesis. (Ed. note: The amyloid theory describes how an increase in secreted beta-amyloid peptides leads to the formation of plaques eventually resulting in the death of brain cells.) I think that view has been severely dented by repeated trial failures.

The main alternative is the theory that we’ve backed since the mid-80s. And that is the tau theory. This builds on Dr.Alzheimer’s original discovery. Dr. Alzheimer discovered a lesion in the brain called the tangle, which are abnormal fibers forming inside nerve cells. These nerve cells are the ones critical for all communication from one part...read more

Take Care

Gary Barg

ALZ Study

Feature Article

When Summer Begins, Outside Workouts
Don’t Have to End
By Jennifer B. Buckley

You have been loyal to your outdoor exercise program for months; walking, even when your muscles ached or biking, even when your arthritis acted up. Due to your dedication, your body is strong, your health is good and your endurance is better than ever, then summer approaches and the environmental thermostat begins to rise...read more

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Guest Column

Extended Families: Our Greatest Resources
By Helen Hunter, ACSW, CMSW

There are many family situations today where you can find three, four or even five generations living under one roof. While the circumstances that result in multi-generational living vary from financial to health-related to simple family closeness...read more


Arthritis Tips

Few diagnoses can create such a transition from the routine in life, as does arthritis. Activities such as sports, traveling, and driving are often too painful to continue, and realizing the physical...read more

Ties That Bind Ad



How do I deal with my siblings who think I am just sponging off Mom and Dad while being their full-time caregiver (I live with them)? I am on disability so I need support and acknowledgement for my own needs and recognition from them in my role as caregiver for Mom and Dad.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with
Claude Wischik

Feature Article
When Summer Begins...

Guest Column
Extended Families:
Our Greatest Resources

Arthritis Tips


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