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April 1, 2014  |  Issue #701  
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From the Editor's Pen Gary Barg • Editor-in-Chief • gary@caregiver.com

Gary Barg

The Mike Malusevic Interview

Gary Barg: Let’s start at the beginning and tell us what we’re talking about when we say tinnitus.

Mike Malusevic: The easiest way to put it is tinnitus is ringing in your ears. It’s a sound that you hear that is not heard externally by others. So this is a function of the auditory pathways of the brain. This is where you know tinnitus resides. People are hearing a sound. It can be a screeching, buzzing or there can be many different forms of it. They are hearing something that someone on the outside is not hearing.

Gary Barg: What are the general causes and what can we do when we know our loved one is dealing with tinnitus?

Mike Malusevic: Some of the ways people get it is through exposure to loud noises. People do not protect their hearing enough. There are little hair cells inside of the ear that are getting a signal from the brain and those are damaged with people who attend a lot of loud concerts, construction workers, and especially veterans. But people can also get it from a head or neck injury and also traumatic brain injury. There are also drugs that are ototoxic to the ears and have been shown to cause tinnitus  ...more

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Caring for Stroke
By Janie Rosman, Staff Writer

Caregivers must be patient with their loved ones and with themselves and know the signs of a stroke. The two major types of stroke are ischemic and hemorrhagic. To lessen the possibility of death and disability; the F.A.S.T. acronym is important  ...more

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The word caregiver has many meanings, with definitions that run the gamut of tasks on a broad continuum, from simple household chores to end-stage palliative care and everything in between. It’s something many of us never give a second thought. Caregiving—we believe—is for children, the elderly and those who are ill, but not for us, those who are healthy  ...more

Coping with Depression:
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When caregivers take on the responsibility of caring for a loved one, we expect our lives to change. What is unexpected, and often goes unnoticed, is the forfeiting of our own well-being in order to become a primary caregiver.

Ask yourself the following questions. If you answer, “Yes,” to any of them, you need assistance. Support groups, your loved one’s social worker, your physician, counseling or therapeutic centers and a number of other community resources can help you in providing greater balance between your caregiving responsibilities and your well-being  ...more

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From J:   I've been taking care of my dad for almost six years. He has alcohol induced dementia. Not only has all the physical work fallen on me, but also the financial. My twin sister is beyond wealthy and refuses to contribute one cent. I am now in bankruptcy due to all this and she still won't help. She just walks away and never looks back, and then yells at me for helping him. I am now very ill myself at 52 with spinal stenosis, PTSD after a rape, and panic disorder with agoraphobia so I'm afraid to leave my home. How can a twin sister (and you should know the secrets I carry for her) let me hang like this?

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