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Fearless Caregiver Newsletter
 Tuesday August 27, 2013 - Issue #151

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefThe Patricia Richardson Interview

Gary Barg: I appreciate you talking about your dad. I think when we talk about our families, and especially people in the public eye like yourself, it really makes a difference and brings people out who may be going through this. It is really a great service that you do. Could you tell us what PSP is?

Patricia Richardson: Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) is a neurodegenerative brain disease that has no known cause, treatment or cure. It affects nerve cells that control walking, balance, mobility, vision, speech and swallowing. We used to say movement disorder, but we have decided now to refer to it as a disease. That’s what it is and when you say a movement disorder, it does not sound as serious and deadly as it in fact is. It is a fatal disease. It is a fatal brain disease.

We did not even know my father had it, probably for the first five years. Towards the last probably full year he had it, and maybe even longer, I used to say to people that it was like he was mummified inside his body. He had the kind of PSP where the muscle cramps basically froze him. He was unable to move his face, eyes. Of course, he could not speak for more than the last year, probably the last two years, and he had a lot of difficulty swallowing...read more

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Activities For People With Dementia
By Jennifer Buckley

It is universally recognized that elderly people with dementia lose their short term memory first and their long term memory last. For example, they often remember people and events...read more


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Cancer Prevention on a Plate
By Nancy Spaulding-Albright RD, CNSD, LD/N

As care providers, it is very easy to put your health last. Unfortunately, this might catch up to you through some sort of medical problem of your own and then the home situation can become...read more

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Moving in With Family: Issues to Consider

Too often, the decision to move into a family member’s home is made when a crisis develops or as a last resort. Sudden illness or injury strikes and the family is left without a plan for long-term...read more


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
The Patricia Richardson Interview

Feature Article
Activities For People
With Dementia

Guest Column
Cancer Prevention
on a Plate

Caretips
Moving in With Family: Issues to Consider
Carenotes
 

 

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