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 Tuesday August 6, 2013 - Issue #148

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefThe Hector Elizondo Interview

Gary Barg: What were the first signs of your mother’s Alzheimer’s disease?

Hector Elizondo: The first signs of her illness were very subtle; just forgetfulness, the usual stuff, the shopping list, the keys, and then a pattern started to emerge. Realizing that now in retrospect, back then it was, “Oh Mom, please, you asked that question before, you know, a half hour ago.” But the first real red flag was when she lost her way in her neighborhood.

GB: They used to call Alzheimer’s pre-senile dementia. 

HE: That’s what she was diagnosed with. She was diagnosed with pre-senile dementia. We had no idea what the heck it meant, quite frankly, we had no idea what she had. No one had any idea about anything and my father, of course, was the primary caregiver. He’s the one who took the brunt of the 24/7 care. You can imagine, especially in the Latino culture, you take care of your own; you don’t go outside of it. And that’s not uncommon for many other cultures except in the contiguous United States perhaps; you just took care of your own. There was no thought of doing it otherwise; but again, there was no thought of doing it otherwise because we had no other options. We had no information. There are many aspects of culture that make that up. My father would say, “This is something I’ve done.” “I’m being paid back.”...read more

Take Care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

The Value of Massage for Caregivers
By Kristine Dwyer, Staff Writer

Massage therapy isn’t just a luxury anymore and has actually become a vital part of health care practices worldwide. It is a holistic therapy that has shown positive effects on physical and mental health in addition to enhancing medical treatments...read more

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Guest Column

45 or Die
By Dallas Hall

“Please, put my head up!” her mind desperately cried out as she choked and gasped for air. She couldn’t speak because a stroke had taken her voice a few months earlier, so she pleaded with her eyes, wide with fear, to anyone who cared to help...read more


The Dangers of Ignoring Cataract Symptoms

Delaying Treatment of Advanced Forms of the Common Eye Disease Can Increase Risk of Permanent Blindness and Injury.

In support of Cataract Awareness Month in August, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is urging seniors and their caregivers to be aware of the dangers of ignoring the symptoms of cataracts, a leading cause of visual impairment that will affect...read more

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Do you have any information on the causes and treatment for people with dementia who layer clothes and apparently have lost their sense of feeling warm enough or too warm? Do you know of any other caregivers who have gone through this problem? My mother lives with my cousin, who is her caregiver. Mom will get up from her nap and come down wearing multiple shirts. She will get up in the night and mix up her dirty clothes, which are kept in a barrel in her closet, with her clean clothes, which are stored in her dresser or on hangers in her closet. I advised my cousin to box up extra clothes and put them away where Mom can't find them. I also advised her to give Mom her clean clothes after they come out of the dryer to put away as Mom has expressed a need to be doing something "useful." (She doesn't want to clip coupons, match socks or fold towels, but she will do food prep and set the table.) Thanks for any help you may provide.

Sincerely, Phyllis

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
The Hector Elizondo Interview

Feature Article
The Value of Massage
for Caregivers

Guest Column
45 or Die

The Dangers of
Ignoring Cataract...


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