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 Wednesday November 24, 2010 - Issue #9

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief An Interview with Lonnie Ali

Lonnie Ali is the wife of heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, a Parkinsonís disease caregiver and a tireless national caregiving advocate.  Gary Barg, Editor in Chief, recently sat down for a wide-ranging interview with this champion for family caregivers.

Gary Barg:
  Itís impossible to talk about Mohammad Ali and not talk about positive thinking. What role do you think attitude plays in the well-being of a caregiver of someone living with Parkinsonís disease?

Lonnie Ali:  Itís important for all caregivers to keep a very positive attitude and to realize that this is a disease that can be managed. Itís not something you have to be afraid of; the more you know, the more empowered you become.  If you have a positive attitude, you can put things into perspective and actually become a better caregiver.  Keeping a positive outlook on things, and trying to convey that to the Parkinsonís patient as well, is extremely important in the management of this illness....continued

Check out our Parkinsonís Special Section in this monthís Todayís Caregiver magazine

Take care

Gary Barg



Feature Article

Volunteers in Medicine:
A Culture of Caring

By Kristine Dwyer, Staff Writer

Dr. Randle of Mississippi spent his career as a physician in internal medicine until his retirement two years ago. During this time, Randle saw a growing need in his community to support the medical care needs of those who were uninsured due to self-employment, low-wage jobs and the high costs of medical insurance. He found that many individuals had no access to preventative care and were avoiding treatment at the point of serious illness, which ultimately led them to larger health crises...continued Long Term Care Channel

Guest Column

Caregiver Guilt  
By Dorothy Womack 

The role of a caregiver at home is usually accompanied by varying degrees of guilt. This happens regardless of our effectiveness, as it seems to be virtually impossible to care for our loved ones and simultaneously face the realities that we will inevitably lose them. Most of us eventually confront not only the loss of our loved ones, but the guilt that we could have done more, should have known better, would have done differently in retrospect. This increases not only our guilt, but our grief as well....continued



Holiday, Gifts and Stress
By Jude Roberts, Staff Writer

Even if youíre not a caregiver, the threat of the holidays being right around the corner strikes instant fear, terror and major stress into the hearts of almost everyone. However, there is hope for caregivers to enjoy the holiday season and still make it a special time for their loved one as well. The key is to pace yourself, as well as to help your loved one do the same, so that neither of you will feel completely drained, depressed or overwhelmed, especially during such a special time of year. Here are some suggestions that may help you both survive the holidays: ... .continued

Sharing Wisdom - Caregiver Tips

From John in Texas

Stay yourself. Keep your goal in mind and just do what you can and save something else to do for tomorrow.  You cannot do this alone so get help where you can. Make time for yourself so you do not drain your emotions and your health. Sometime you need to just let go and let God do things.


From Kristin in Minnesota

I work as a caregiver educator.  At a recent family meeting, a caregiver was feeling isolated and depressed. A daughter suggested that the caregiver make a list of everyone that they could call on the phone, or email who could help lift the caregiver's spirits. The caregiver did this. We met individually a couple of months later and I asked how the list was working for the caregiver. The caregiver stated that just having the list and knowing that they were cared about by all those people and could contact them at any time made them not feel so isolated, and in fact felt supported. Another tip from this family - they set a schedule of daily support from the children. One calls on the way to work in the morning and the other stops in almost every afternoon. This helps both parents and keeps everyone more connected.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

An Interview with
Lonnie Ali

Feature Article

Volunteers in Medicine: A Culture of Caring

Guest Column

Caregiver Guilt††

Holiday, Gifts and Stress
Sharing Wisdom



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