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January 21, 2014  |  Issue #681  
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From the Editor's Pen Gary Barg • Editor-in-Chief • gary@caregiver.com

Gary Barg
The Joan Lunden Interview

Gary Barg: It’s a pleasure talking with you again. You were on our cover a few years ago and that was a lovely conversation, so I appreciate your time today. 

Joan Lunden: Absolutely. Since that time, I have gotten so embedded in the space of caregiving and senior care, and obviously health care, but this new health campaign I’m working on is so perfect for caregivers. They are so much more at risk because of the stress and strain. Not just the physical and emotional strain of taking care of others, but they’re just so overwhelmed by it that they really tend to take worse care of themselves.

Gary Barg: The truth is you as a caregiver are caring for at least two. When you go to the doctor for your loved one, you’re right to have your own tests done. You need to care for you, you need to care for your loved one and you need to partner with your physician. I think the idea of being able to have these conversations, as a family caregiver and as a health care professional on equal footing, is extremely important.

Joan Lunden: It’s interesting because we all kind of feel the same way, I think, about going to the doctor  ...more


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CareNotes

From Jan:  I had the great pleasure to go to your caregiver seminar in South Florida last year.

I moved back to Pennsylvania from Florida last summer to live with my parents who need 24-hour care. We have two very good caregivers that are here Monday to Friday during the day and evening. I cover the nights and mornings and with my siblings, we rotate on the weekends.

The question I have is what do I do when my mother wants me to go to Aunt Nelly's and pick up her mother so she doesn't fall in the ditch? My mom is 83 and her mother and Aunt Nelly have passed over 50 years ago. I have never lied so much in my life and I don't know what is the best thing to tell her. I tell my mom I'll go pick her up at Aunt Nelly's or something to that effect. My dad has told her a few times that her mother is no longer with us and she gets a little sad, but one minute later, she wants to know where her mother is and for me to go pick her up. My mother has mild dementia from a stroke after a heart attack she had Labor Day weekend 2012.
Thanks so much.

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