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Fearless Caregiver Newsletter
 Tuesday July 23, 2013 - Issue #146

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefThe Kate Mulgrew Interview

Gary Barg: You are an advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association. Could you tell us how you got involved and what your feelings are?

Kate Mulgrew: I clearly got involved because it has affected me personally. My mother died of this disease about four years ago. It took her about nine years to die. I thought that the journey was so significantly awful that if I could elucidate it for anyone else, if I could somehow clarify it or ease it, I needed to step up to the plate. So it is a small, but I hope, an important way of giving something back. My mother shaped me. If I am anything, certainly in terms of my goodness, it is because of my mother.
Gary Barg: Tell me about your mother, Joan. She was a magnificent artist.

Kate Mulgrew: She was a wonderful artist; but more importantly, she was the mother of eight children. She was an iconoclast. She was a maverick. She was probably the best read person I have ever known. She was amusing. She was irreverent. She was smart. She was marvelous. We went all over the world many times. She never missed a shoot. She never missed a play. She never missed a performance, and that is something to say when you have seven other children...read more

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Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Beat the Heat: Summer Tips for Seniors
By Allen Riggs

Every summer, thousands of Americans suffer from heat stroke, heat exhaustion and dehydration. And each year, an average of 300 people in the United States dies from heat-related illnesses, according to reports from the Center for Disease Control...read more

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Guest Column

Assistance in the Vitamin Aisle
By: Kim Dalzell, PhD, RD, LD

Whether in good or ill health, many of us take dietary supplements in an attempt to feel better, have more energy and enhance our health potential...read more


Tips for Keeping Safe at Home with Chemotherapy

As more and more chemotherapy is given in outpatient clinics and at home, it is extremely important that caregivers and patients understand the risks and hazards that household members...read more

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Can you help me become a paid caregiver for my 28-year-old daughter? She has Down’s syndrome. I live in North Carolina and I have asked for help for her since she was three years old, but have received very little. Now I'm a 60-year-old man not working and can't find a job here. I had a job in South Carolina last month, but I had to quit because I had no one to watch her while I work. There have been many problems over the years. I have talked with other single parents who are caregivers for their children and the state helps them financially to stay with their child. I can't work if no one can watch her for me. She gets SSI and Medicaid, but it does not pay for someone to watch her. We are living off of her SSI check now, but I know we can’t make it with just that. I really don't know what to do anymore, but I do know this: I will never give her up. If anyone can help us, please let me know. Thank You.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
The Kate Mulgrew Interview

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Beat the Heat...

Guest Column
Assistance in the
Vitamin Aisle

Tips for Keeping
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