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 Thursday November 18, 2010 - Issue #8

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief An Interview with Julie Newmar

Julie Newmar, star of stage, screen and television, comes by her love of performing naturally as the daughter of a Ziegfeld Follies performer. Julie was a prima ballerina with the Los Angeles Opera Company before becoming a staff choreographer at Universal Studios and made her big screen debut in the 1952 Bing Crosby musical Just For You.  Julie appeared in the Broadway and film productions of Li’l Abner (1956 and ‘59) and The Marriage-Go-Round (1958 and ‘60); won a Tony Award for Best Supporting Actress for The Marriage-Go-Round.

She also had her legs insured for $1 million and in 1995 made an appearance in the comedy To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar.  In the most important role of a lifetime, Julie is caregiver to her son John, living with Down syndrome, and recently made public her own diagnosis with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. Julie sat down with Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg to discuss her career, caregiving and philosophy of life. 

Gary Barg:  You are a wonderful caregiver for your son, John. Can you tell me a little about it?

Julie Newmar:  It is easy; it is natural.

GB:  How is he doing?

JN:  Oh, beautifully.  He is so healthy.  I mean, what a joy!...continued

Take care

Gary Barg


Feature Article

Planning for Long Term Care


Most older people are independent. But later in life--especially in the 80s and 90s--you or someone you know may begin to need help with everyday activities like shopping, cooking, walking, or bathing. For many people, regular or "long-term" care may mean a little help from family and friends or regular visits by a home health aide. For others who are frail or suffering from dementia, long-term care may involve moving to a place where professional care is available 24 hours a day.....continued Cancer Channel

Guest Column

My Sad, Sad & Happy, Happy Story 
By Patsy Robertson

Today I hate my bipolar because I feel depressed and very sad. But it will not last. I will soon be happy again. I skipped one or two doses of my medication and that always throws me into a miserable sad depression. As I drove to my psychiatrist's office today to pick up my Eskalith & Concerta I became vividly aware that I thought about dying. But that will not last. I will soon be happy again!...continued



Holiday Stress and Caregiving
By Michael Plontz  

While everyone else is enjoying the hustle and bustle and the joy of the holiday season, there are many caregivers out there who just want the whole thing over with. Caregiving creates a level of stress unmatched by most endeavors. Add to that the extra stress of family gatherings, gift buying, cooking, and other obligations and it is almost unbearable. How can caregivers better cope with this stress on top of stress? .. .continued

Sharing Wisdom - Caregiver Tips

From Joe in Illinois

For any caregiver that reads this, here is the best advice I can give: take care of you or you cannot take care of the ones you love. Don't wait to start taking care of you until it is too late, as I did. Remember to breathe deeply and that it is not always going to be easy. I try to read these Caregiver Affirmations daily; they help me know that I am doing my best and remind me to take care of myself.

Caregiver Affirmations: I forgive myself and others, I live in trust for the future and I embrace this moment of life. I take time to cherish myself, to enjoy life and to accept the support and company of others. I accept the mystery of life and suffering; I know that the important gift I give is my healing love, and caring, listening presence. I eat well, I exercise, I get enough sleep and I speak kindly to myself. I keep a sense of humor and live life in gratefulness for all the small gifts of life, and I am open to my source of power beyond myself. I set limits with people and make my own needs and feelings known to others. I am a wonderful source of healing for those that I care for because I first love and care for myself.


From June in Florida

Quick tip and a little advice:  When transferring a patient to a bedside commode, put a little powder around the seat. This makes it easy to slide them forward or backward and lift them up without them sticking to the seat. Ask your physician to write a prescription for an alternating pressure mattress. This bed alternates pressure areas while the patient is sleeping. I took a trip with my elderly friend and bought a car charger to fit the bed’s pump. I put the mattress in the seat and plugged it in while traveling. Lots of people aren't aware of this DME. Ask your physician.



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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

An Interview with
Julie Newmar

Feature Article

Planning for Long Term Care

Guest Column

My Sad, Sad & Happy, Happy Story

Holiday Stress and Caregiving
Sharing Wisdom



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