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 Wednesday August 18, 2010 - Issue #499

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Hugs Are Good Medicine, Too

Many caregivers who have attended the Fearless Caregiver Conferences have asked me for a copy of the following story with which I usually open my speeches.  The story is attributed to George Carlin, but he always denied having written it.  Nonetheless, it really speaks to me as a caregiver and, hopefully, to you as well:

The Paradox of Our Time

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees, but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgment; more experts, yet more problems; more medicine, but less wellness...

Take care

Gary Barg


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Feature Article

To Trial or Not to Trial: That Is the Question

By Hilary Wright

In order to clarify any confusion, clinical trials are often referred to in a number of other terms by the members of the medical-scientific community, such as clinical study, research protocol, or medical research, all meaning the same thing ... clinical trial. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) defines a cancer clinical trial as "an organized study conducted in people with cancer to answer specific questions about a new treatment or a new way of using an old treatment." ...continued Cancer Channel

Guest Column

Fighting For Your Legs

By Dr. Gary M. Ansel

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), a condition synonymous with the clogging of arteries in the body’s lower extremities, is often referred to as a “silent killer” that can bring with it potentially grave results that include gangrene, amputation, or death.

Data shows that PAD currently affects approximately eight million men and women over the age of 40 in the United States. What’s more, the risk of developing PAD increases dramatically as people grow older, with as many as one in 20 Americans over the age of 50 developing the disease. ...continued



Travel Guidelines for People with Memory Disorders

By Geri Richards Hall, PhD, ARNP, CNS, FAAN
Many people enjoy travel as a form of recreation, relaxation, and an opportunity to learn. While travel may be a positive experience for most people, it poses special problems for people with dementing illnesses, for example, Alzheimer's disease, multi-infarct dementia, Parkinson's disease, Pick's disease, or injury that results in disabling intellectual impairment...continued


I have a question for you.  I am looking for some financial assistance. The following is my situation.

I am 41 years old, and live with my parents.  In November 2009 I had to quit my full-time job to stay home and provide healthcare to my mother, who has severe rheumatoid arthritis and other health problems. I have no income whatsoever coming in. My parents get Social Security, but they also have a mortgage (and will not do the "reverse mortgage" thing), and they are paying my car payment and my COBRA insurance, not to mention their bills.  I also have mobility problems but do not qualify for disability.  I was wondering if you have any ideas on what I could do to get some sort of money coming in.  Medicaid? Medicare? There has got to be something or someone who can help me, I just don't know where to look. Any info, contacts, suggestions, or ideas you have would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much for taking the time to read this.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Hugs Are Good Medicine, Too

Feature Article

To Trial or Not to Trial
Guest Column

Fighting For Your Legs




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