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From The Editor
Interview with Kathy Greenlee
Kathy J. Greenlee was appointed by President Barack Obama
as the fourth Assistant Secretary for Aging at the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services and confirmed by the Senate in June 2009. Ms. Greenlee
brings over 10 years of experience advancing the health and independence
of older persons and their families. Assistant Secretary Greenlee
served as Secretary of Aging for the state of Kansas. the Long-Term
Care Ombudsman in Kansas, and the state’s Assistant Secretary of Aging.
She also served as Chief of Staff and Chief of Operations for then
Governor and now Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius.
Gary Barg sat down with Assistant Secretary Greenlee for a wide ranging conversation about the role and
needs of the family caregiver.
Gary Barg: We
were so happy that you were able to join
us at the Fearless Caregiver Conference
in Port St Lucie, Florida this past
December. You mentioned that after
hearing the family caregivers in the
morning Q&A session, you threw out your
speech and spoke extemporaneously. I was
wondering what you heard from the
caregivers that prompted you to do that?
There was one woman who was caring for
her loved one, who stood up and was in
tears about the struggle and the
isolation. That seemed to be a thread,
because after she did that, another
woman in the audience physically got up
and reached out to her and said, “I was
isolated, I was you and I am not
Holiday, Gifts and Stress
By Jude Roberts, Staff Writer
Even if you’re 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.
Remembering Mimi and Learning
How to Balance Life
Sometimes we can look to our past to learn how to find the
balance we seek in our present lives. Our memories should be
treasured and also viewed as shaping and touching our lives today.
Mimi was my great-grandmother. She lived with my
family until I was in the third grade. Mimi would get me off the bus
from kindergarten and prepare my lunch for me. She would sit with me
in the big corner chair and watch the Walton's and Lawrence Welk...continued
Are You a Type D Personality? Here’s
By Debbie Mandel
Most of us feel frustrated when we think we have no control over what is happening to us. Living in ambiguity or uncertainty, we turn to our crystal balls and forecast gloom and doom in our lives. We tend to create a fictional certainty to counteract the ambiguity and usually this version of “our certainty” ends in failure....continued
Sharing Wisdom - Caregiver Tips
From Ruth M.
Boynton Beach, FL
When my daughter had cancer and was on chemo, she had no appetite and felt sick
most of the time. Feeding her baby size portions, supplemented by a nutritional
drink, helped. She would eat several spoonfuls. Because it was not a lot of
food or drink (the drink in a small shot glass), she ate, never lost weight and had good nutrition..
I have been a caregiver for my quadriplegic husband for 30 years.
He has some trouble with his feet swelling. We find that using support stockings helps.
Soft slippers work very well; you can find them with rubber souls for traction during
transfers or walking. As with any shoe, you need to watch the feet for red marks that can become sores.
That is why we go with a soft comfortable slipper for warmth, and for protection
when he runs into things with his wheelchair.
The best ideas and solutions for taking care of your
loved one often come from other caregivers. Please post your ideas
and insights and we will share them with your fellow caregivers.
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