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Today's Caregiver Newsletter
  May 6, 2014  |  Issue #711
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Gary Barg • Editor-in-Chief • gary@caregiver.com

Gary Barg

An Interview
with Rob Lowe

Gary Barg: You are working to inform people about the negative side effects of chemotherapy. With your Dad, the side effects threw your family for a loop. Nobody told you about it beforehand?

Rob Lowe: Cancer doesn’t play favorites, and it’s sort of the great equalizer. Anyone fighting cancer, or anyone living with or loving someone fighting cancer—it’s just the same for me as anybody else. We all want new information, we all want strength and hope. We were aware of hair loss, nausea, bloating, and all those things you usually associate with chemo, but we didn’t know that infection is a very common side effect, and potentially a life-threatening one.

Knowing would have made a big difference to us going in, because my dad’s chemo was stopped when his count was down and he’d gotten an infection. Luckily, it wasn’t as bad for him as it is for others. Some people have to go into the hospital. Some people have to be isolated from their families, and, unfortunately, some do die from it. So I wanted that word to get out because today, with new medicines, you can protect yourself right out the door for the most part  ...more

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Caregivers Challenge: Finding Daycare Options
By Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer

Caregivers who are just beginning their journey may feel day care services are for later stages of their loved one’s situation. The sooner caregivers locate and enroll their family member in a program, the greater the benefit for all concerned. Finding the appropriate day care can be challenging, but has grown much easier over time  ...more

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We All Need Someone We
Can Lean On
By Alexander Cathcart

Try a little experiment. Tie your hands to your sides and have someone feed you your dinner. Then, after they inevitably miss your gaping gob, check out what happens when they try, with the best of intentions, to wipe your mouth. There’s just no way it can be done without missing something or smearing some drool across the cheek. Now try all that without being able to speak. These are among the least intimate of my dependencies  ...more

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Traveling With a Person
Who Has Alzheimer’s
By Joyce Simard

Being a caregiver doesn’t mean you have to give up life’s pleasures. You can still enjoy traveling with someone who is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease; it simply requires planning well in advance. Safety should be the number one consideration in traveling with a person with Alzheimer’s. Wandering and becoming anxious may be more likely because you’re leaving the familiar routine and environment  ...more

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From Jodie: 
Our mother has been homeless on the streets of Pasadena, CA for the past 29 years by her own choice due to her mental illnesses. She was recently diagnosed in California with pneumonia and COPD, so my dear sister went down and packed up her stuff and they came up by train. Now our mom wants to return to California. She is in no way mentally or physically able to do either, so where do we go from here? Do we need to get an attorney? Is there someone in the city of Vancouver, WA That can help us? Thanks.

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