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 Thursday October 7, 2010 - Issue #2

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Olympia Dukakis and
Louis Zorich

Olympia Dukakis and Louis Zorich have been married since 1962 and are both accomplished stage, film and television actors. Olympia is an Academy Award® winner for her role in Moonstruck and Louis is well known for his role as Burt Buchman in the 1990’s situation comedy Mad About You.  They join us to talk about their lives after Louis’ recent diagnoses with Stage 2 diabetes, which was discovered after a regular medical examination. Olympia and Louis sit down with Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg to laugh, share and talk about family caregiving as well as the importance of taking advantage of Medicare’s free Diabetes screening benefit for all caregivers.

Gary:  I know you were with both recently screened for diabetes; and you found out that Louis has type II diabetes?
Louis:  That is right.  When the doctor told me, I did not believe him. All of my brothers and sisters have diabetes and I thought I am free; it is not going to hit me.  But then all of a sudden, he said “Yes, you have it” and there you are; I am dealing with it...continued


Take care

Gary Barg


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Feature Article

Becoming Long-Term Care Aware

by Jim Runestad

Over many years experience helping clients with long-term care planning, I have found my time increasingly dominated by efforts on behalf of people whose pre-existing health issues make placement problematic. Individuals with chronic conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s face daunting prospects with respect to long-term care needs.....continued

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Guest Column

Planning For The Financial Independence
and Security of A Disabled Child

By Philip H. Mondschein, Esq    

As an elder law attorney, I am often asked by a parent of a disabled child “How can I provide for my child’s financial needs when I am no longer alive?” People are concerned that, by leaving an inheritance directly to their disabled child, this will usually disqualify the child from most means tested public assistance programs. If the parents make an outright gift to another sibling can they be assured that this child will properly look after the disabled child? ...continued



Nip Depression in the Bud:
Warning Signs to Look For
By Mary Damiano

While caregivers are defined as the people taking care of those needing help, they sometimes overlook the fact that caregiving responsibilities can take a toll on their own health. In addition to physical ailments, caregivers are at risk for depression. Depression can strike anyone, at any age. Caregivers need to be especially aware of depression because of the great load they carry. Many caregivers work at a full-time job and take care of a family in addition to their caregiving responsibilities. ..continued

Sharing Wisdom - Caregiver Tips

From Marilyn in Florida

At a local caregivers’ meeting sponsored by APDA, I was blessed by meeting a caregiver who gave me some advice on a problem I had. My husband has PSP and falls quite often. One of my greatest worries was his getting up at night to urinate. I was not sleeping very well and this affected me the next day when I had all my caretaking obligations to tend to. She told me about the "Texas Catheter." It is a very simple device that is used at night and he does not have to get out of bed or wake me until morning when I can be with him. Please speak to a urologist or physician if you have this problem.

From Carolyn W. in Memphis, TN

I am a caregiver to my husband.  He has memory loss due to a stroke in 2007. Whenever I fed him, he had a habit of saying, "Man, I haven't ate all day." After each meal, I would always clean up his area. Now, to help him remember that he has eaten, I leave evidence such as a bowl or a plate, with the residue of what he ate, sitting nearby.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

An Interview with
Olympic Dukakis and Louis Zorich

Feature Article

Becoming Long-Term Care Aware

Guest Column

Planning For The Financial Independence and Security of A Disabled Child

Nip Depression in the Bud
Sharing Wisdom



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