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Fearless Caregiver Newsletter
Tuesday October 29, 2013 - Issue #160

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From the Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief

The Donna Mills Interview

Gary Barg: You were dealing with your father and his colorectal cancer at an early age, and you’ve been active in getting people to think about preventing that disease. Are they listening to you?

Donna Mills: Well, I think they are listening more and more. From what I understand, the colonoscopy procedure is being done a lot more now. Maybe I’ve had something to do with it, but certainly Katie Couric has had a lot to do with motivating people, because her husband died of colorectal cancer. People also know that the polyps which are pre-cancerous can be removed and then you’ll never get the cancer, so it’s a preventative thing to do, too. I’ve had this procedure done, and it’s nothing. They put you out under a light anesthetic, and it doesn’t hurt. They’ve made great strides in what they can do for you now. My father had it many years ago, and he had to have a critical operation to remove a large portion of his intestines. He had a long life after that, but it was a major procedure.

GB: Were you involved at all with caregiving for him?

DM: I was young—around 12. But I do remember he was laid up for quite a while. He was in the hospital for a long time and then at home in bed for a while afterwards. My mother cared for him; it was difficult to do, but they were both grateful that the doctors had removed all the cancer...read more

Take Care

Gary Barg

Rich in Years

Feature Article

Keeping the Home in Medical Equipment
By Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer

The varieties of situations caregivers deal with on a yearly basis often include one or more experiences with medical equipment brought into the home. Medical supply companies deal in everything from oxygen to diabetic supplies, depending on the company...read more

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Guest Column

When Selecting an Adult Day Health Care Program Trust Your Instincts
By Naomi Berger

Baby Boomers, more than 77 million strong, are also known as the Sandwich Generation. They are the ones raising their own kids and having to care for their aging parents at the same time. In one way, an enviable position to be in for those whose parents are in good health and maintain an active lifestyle...read more


Tips for Swallowing Pills
By Janie Rosman

Swallowing pills — medicine, vitamins or supplements—is the most commonly-reported problem for people living with dysphagia, according to Jan C. Pryor, MA CCC-SLP, BRS-S, Speech-Language Pathologist at University of Washington Medical Center...read more

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Inside This Issue:

From the Archives
The Donna Mills Interview

Feature Article
Keeping the Home in Medical Equipment

Guest Column
When Selecting an Adult Day Health Care Program Trust Your Instincts

Tips for Swallowing Pills


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