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 Sunday December 19, 2010 - Issue #13

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn 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?

Kathy Greenlee:  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 anymore.” ...continued

Take care

Gary Barg

Genworth Financial


Feature Article

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.
...continued Long Term Care Channel

Guest Column

Remembering Mimi and Learning
How to  Balance Life
By Sheryl Leary    

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 the Antidote
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

Fearless Caregiver Guides

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..

From Robin in Maine :

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.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

An Interview with
Kathy Greenlee

Feature Article

Holiday, Gifts and Stress

Guest Column

Remembering Mimi and Learning How to  Balance Life    

Are You a Type D Personality? Here’s the Antidote
Sharing Wisdom



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