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 Thursday October 28, 2010 - Issue #5

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief An Interview with Hector Elizondo

Hector Elizondo is a Tony Award winning Broadway star and well-renowned television and movie actor, appearing in television programs including Chicago Hope, The Rockford Files and Monk and movies such as American Gigolo and Pretty Woman. He has also been a conga player with a Latin band, a classical guitarist and singer, a weightlifting coach, a ballet dancer, as well as family caregiver. Elizondo spent years as a caregiver to his mother who was living with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as a support to his dad who was the family’s primary caregiver.  He has become an enthusiastic caregiving advocate, traveling the nation talking about the needs of Alzheimer’s caregivers. Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg sat down with this multi-talented entertainer for a wide-ranging conversation about topics near and dear to his heart.  

Gary Barg:  What were the first signs of your mother’s Alzheimer’s disease? 

Hector Elizondo:  The first signs of her illness were very subtle; just forgetfulness, the usual stuff, the shopping list, the keys, and then a pattern started to emerge.  Realizing that now in retrospect, back then it was, “Oh Mom, please, you asked that question before, you know, a half hour ago.” But the first real red flag was when she lost her way in her neighborhood...continued

Take care

Gary Barg


Genworth Financial


Feature Article

OCD in Elderly for Caregivers

by Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is defined in part by the Merck Manual as “anxiety provoking thoughts and urges.”  While the publication (a staple in the medical field for years) notes that symptoms are not often prominent in the elderly, caregivers may disagree....continued Cancer Channel

Guest Column

Special Telephone Equipment
By Eileen Alter

We live in an age where most people take using the telephone for granted. At least several times a day, most of us use a telephone to call friends and family members, schedule appointments, place orders, and handle any one of a number of other tasks. A person’s inability to use a telephone due to a physical disability can often result in loneliness, isolation and a sense of increased vulnerability. With the proper assistive telecommunication equipment, many individuals can regain their independence. ...continued



Home Safety Tips
By Jennifer B. Buckley

You feel safe and secure with your loved one watching television close by in the next room. On a daily basis, you meticulously monitor their diet, hygiene and warnings on their over-the-counter and prescription medication. Nothing has been left to chance, so you think. What about making your home safe from injuries? Hidden dangers in the home can cause your loved one to have a terrible fall but it can be avoided.. .continued

Sharing Wisdom - Caregiver Tips

From Pat W. in Erie, PA

My husband, who has PD, complains about his feet being cold now that the weather has changed. An extra blanket at his feet keeps him warm, but the weight wakes him up or causes him to have restless legs. Now I microwave a heating pad and put it on his knee... off to never-never-land he goes and is warm for the night. I also rub a lymph oil on his leg which stimulates circulation and promotes the drainage of the lymph system. It also initiates the positive suggestion of "This will help me sleep!"

From a caregiver in CT
To anyone thinking of bringing an aging parent into their home, get with an attorney to write up a "lifecare" agreement. Be sure to include some respite care. We did not and have found it very difficult to get away or take a break from it. If you have siblings, make sure they are aware and involved.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

An Interview with
Hector Elizondo

Feature Article

OCD in Elderly for Caregivers

Guest Column

Special Telephone Equipment

Home Safety Tips
Sharing Wisdom



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