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Fearless Caregiver Newsletter
Tuesday October 8, 2013 - Issue #157

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From the Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief

 The Rosalynn Carter Interview

Gary Barg: Congratulations on the 25th Anniversary of the Rosalynn Carter Institute.

Rosalynn Carter: Yes, it’s exciting.

Gary Barg: It’s a milestone, especially in caregiving. When we started in the mid nineties, you were one of the few lights out there talking about the caregivers and their needs.

Rosalynn Carter: I think we were one of the very first. When we started, we had the idea and then I called a lot of organizations, 36 or 37, like the American Cancer Society, Lung Association—the different diseases; but also the American Nurses Association, American Medical Association and other professionals. Nobody was working on it, but they all said we needed it.

Gary Barg: Could you talk a little bit about the goals of the Rosalynn Carter Institute?

Rosalynn Carter: Our main goal is to reduce the burden and depression among caregivers, and try to help them have some quality of life. What we want them to do is to take care of themselves; because if caregivers don’t take care of themselves, the quality of the caregiving is diminished. But also, besides that, we work on policy efforts. We have programs across the country. We work with different organizations and world corporations... read more

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Gary Barg
Editor-in-Chief
gary@caregiver.com





Feature Article

Recognizing Depression in Elders
By Jennifer B. Buckley

“Depression in elderly people is a widespread and serious public health concern,” according to the National Institute of Mental Health. It has been estimated that 15% of older Americans experience depression at some point in their golden years. In nursing homes, around 20% of the residents are depressed, especially those living with a serious medical condition, like cancer or heart disease... read more


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Guest Column

Piece By Piece
By Nickolena Kassolis

Alzheimer’s disease came into my life in January of 2001, and at the time, it seemed like the lesser of two evils.

“It’s either a brain tumor or Alzheimer’s disease,” the neurologist said, describing what he thought was wrong with my mother.

“Can you get Alzheimer’s in your fifties?” I immediately asked.

The answer was yes... read more

Caretips

Focus on Video Magnifiers
By Kristine Dwyer, LSW, Staff Writer

Martha and Ken were married for more than 45 years when Ken began showing signs of multiple sclerosis. As the disease progressed and his caregiving needs increased, Martha found her own health status changing. She was having more difficulty breathing and she began to notice a decrease in her vision... read more


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Carenotes

 

I have just moved in with my mom after her hip surgery. We purchased a hospital bed for her, but it doesn’t have rails along the entire length of the bed—just at the head.  She tries to get out at night when she wakes up and keeps me up all night because she is restless. Does anyone have any ideas of what to put along the open section to keep her in bed? We have looked at kids’ sides for twin beds, but they are too big for the hospital bed. Has anyone come up with a great fix to this problem?

Katherine

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Inside This Issue:

From the Archives
The Rosalynn Carter Interview

Feature Article
Recognizing Depression
in Elders

Guest Column
Piece By Piece

Caretips
Focus on Video Magnifiers
Carenotes
 

 

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