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From The Editor
An Interview with Kate Mulgrew
Kate Mulgrew is an accomplished stage and screen actress
most famous for her roles on Star Trek: Voyager as Captain Kathryn Janeway
and Ryan's Hope as Mary Ryan. Her multiple awards for acting including an
Obie Award, a Golden Satellite Award and a Saturn Award. She has also been
nominated for a Golden Globe Award. She is an active member of the Alzheimer's
Association National Advisory Council and is a tremendous family caregiving
advocate. Kate’s mother, Joan Mulgrew, died on July 27, 2006, after a long
battle with the disease.
Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg sat down with Kate in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where they were both featured speakers at the
Alzheimer’s Association Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter’s annual conference.
Gary Barg: You
are an advocate for the Alzheimer’s
Association. Could you tell
us how you got involved and what your
Kate Mulgrew: I clearly got involved because it
has affected me personally. My mother died of this disease about
four years ago. It took her about nine years to die. I thought
that the journey was so significantly awful that if I could elucidate it
for anyone else, if I could somehow clarify it or ease it, I needed to
step up to the plate. So it is a small, but I hope, an important way
of giving something back. My mother shaped me. If I am
anything, certainly in terms of my goodness, it is because of my mother...continued
Community Transportation Programs-
Helping with Dignity and Caring
By Sandra Ray, Staff Writer
There are a multitude of programs
available to help the elderly and disabled reach
appointments, go shopping, and perform other tasks
associated with daily living. Not all of these are
easily accessible or easy to find. The requirements
often range from proof of age or disability, to income,
as well as stating that no other transportation means
are available. It is easy to become discouraged with the
process and give up interacting with the community at
Laughter is the Best Medicine
By Helen Hunter, ACSW,
When was the last time you had a really good laugh?
The scientific definition of laughing is a “successive,
rhythmic, spasmodic expiration with open glottis and
vibration of the vocal cords, often accompanied by
baring of the teeth and facial expression”. That doesn’t
begin to tell the story of what laughing does for us,
however. The bottom line is that laughing is medically
Popping the Cork: A New Year's Resolution
By Frances Maguire Paist
Before the ball drops in Times Square, promise
yourself this year will be the year you become your own
best caregiver. Resolve to do what thousands of others
need to do – make time for yourself, because in so
doing, you make your time with others better and more
Here are some ideas to get you started:....continued
Sharing Wisdom - Caregiver Tips
From Sandi in Cincinnati, OH:
As a caregiver, we tend to not accept help when it is offered to us.
Make sure if someone offers to help you, even with little things, let them.
Take each day one at a time and accept help when it is offered. If they do not
offer something specific, assign a job. My husband is totally dependent on me
for everything; he can do nothing for himself. Others were offering to help
and I said, "I got it under control." Well, I really didn't. It was not until
I read the two books, "Heaven is Real" and "90 Minutes in Heaven," that I
started to understand that I, the caregiver, sometimes need to be taken care of too.
My advice to all of you wonderful caregivers is to say "YES" when others offer to help.
From Lisa in Vancouver, WA:
Caregiving tip for your patients or loved ones who wear incontinent pads.
Wrap the pads in a plastic deli wrap bag and store them in a basket next to
their bed, or wherever they need to use them. Use the same bag to dispose of them.
Medical alert necklaces are great. Before I leave, I always put one around her neck so, in case of an
emergency, they know where to find her and how to get to her.
I love being around older people as they have so much knowledge to share
and have gone through a lot of experiences in life.
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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