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 Tuesday November 09, 2010 - Issue #511

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Mull-worthy Advice

Last Wednesday, on a cold (for a South Floridian), rainy morning in New England,   I found myself being greeted by comfort and fellowship as warm as mulled apple cider. The aforementioned cider reference is in honor of the reason we were in New England:  the seventh annual Fearless Caregiver Conference that we have held with our partners at the Area Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut. 

The joint was a’jumping, and we literally had a full house of caregivers. The support, advice and wisdom were flowing like apple cider throughout the day.  The morning Question and Answer panel consisted of financial, legal, support and caregiving experts and the cold weather outside didn’t stop the questions coming.  But it is the very last comment I want to share with you today.  At the beginning of the session, I always thank the attendees in advance because I tell them that someone will end up giving me the topic of my next column. And true to form, someone did. I just didn’t expect it to come at the very end of the session. The comment was made by a caregiver named Stephanie, before actually asking a totally unrelated question....continued  

Take care

Gary Barg


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Feature Article

Detection of Alzheimer's

by  Kristine Dwyer, Staff Writer

Dementia itself is not a disease, but rather a set of symptoms that accompany specific diseases.  Dementia is a general term for the loss of memory, language and recognition that is severe enough to interfere with everyday life. Researchers believe dementia may be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Some diseases that cause dementia are irreversible and include Huntington’s disease, Pick’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Lewy body dementia, multi-infarct dementia and Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60-70% of the diagnosed cases. ...continued Cancer Channel


Guest Column

Grandparents as Caregivers

By Josefina G. Carbonell

Grandparents are our connection to the past, and often the key to what shapes our future. Grandparents are our history, and we, in turn, are reflections of their lives and experiences. Grandparents set the values and standards by which families live, and it is through traditions that are passed along through generations by grandparents that families remain strong and together. Something as simple as a special family recipe or an annual family reunion can serve to remind us of the importance of our own heritage and our grandparents’ role in preserving it...continued

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Finding A Physician For Someone With Alzheimer's

Finding a physician under normal circumstances is hard enough, but trying to find a knowledgeable physician to take on a patient with Alzheimer's can be even more trying. To help you know what you're getting, here's a list of questions to ask the office you are considering. You will want to ask a number of these questions before you make an appointment....continued

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Just found your site tonight.  My wonderful wife and I have had a very hard week and I decided to look for help.
We are both 57 years old and, up until last May, were in very good shape--working out at the gym, walks with our Lab, camping trips, hikes and such. I am a 23-year Army veteran (now a historical tour guide) and my wife was working as a legal assistant until she had to quit after her surgery for ovarian cancer.
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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Mull-worthy Advice

Feature Article

Detection of Alzheimer's
Guest Column

Grandparents as Caregivers




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