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Fearless Caregiver Newsletter
 Tuesday August 20, 2013 - Issue #150

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefThe Richard Cohen &
Meredith Vieira Interview

Gary Barg:  Why do you think language is so very important to people living with chronic illness, and to their families?

Richard Cohen:   Well, I think language is a powerful weapon.  People who have chronic illnesses have a constant battle with how people see them.  And I always say, when I’m talking to groups, that you’re really fighting on two fronts.  You’re not just fighting an illness, you’re fighting public attitudes and public perceptions of the person with the illness, and many times that can be worse than the illness.

Meredith Vieira:   I wanted to pick up on what you were saying, Richard, because perception also applies to the people who are with someone who is chronically ill.  We have been fighting the perception that I am somehow the, woe is me, burdened selfless martyr.  Almost every article starts out referencing that in one way or another when that couldn’t be further from the truth...read more

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Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Driving Dilemmas: Risk vs. Independence
By Kristine Dwyer, Staff Writer

Driving a car is a symbol of independence and competence and is closely tied to an individual’s identity. It also represents freedom and control and allows older adults to gain easy access to social...read more

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Guest Column

Alzheimer's: Holding On To The Dignity
By Brenda Race

I think one of the hardest tasks of love for a caregiver to an Alzheimer's patient, is trying to help them maintain their dignity. Dignity is defined as: the quality or state of being worthy...read more


Top Ten Ways To Care For Yourself

1. Keep a diary. Start today. Describe your fears as well as your hopes, the reality of what each day is like, Don’t be afraid to write about the losses, big or small...read more

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I would greatly appreciate it if you can tell me if there are any government or non-government agencies that provide any financial help for caregivers. I am a single 54-year-old male who is unemployed and without any income at all or health insurance. I am also a caregiver for my 87-year-old father who lives with me and had throat cancer and heart surgery. My father has health insurance, Medicare and his Social Security. In my search for help, there are services for my father, but none for me. Thank you for any information.

Todd in Kansas


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
The Richard Cohen & Meredith Vieira Interview

Feature Article
Driving Dilemmas:
Risk vs. Independence

Guest Column
Alzheimer's: Holding On To The Dignity

Top Ten Ways To
Care For Yourself


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