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 Thursday January 20, 2011 - Issue #17

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Lee Woodruff

Lee Woodruff is a freelance writer and public relations executive. She and her husband, Bob Woodruff, are the authors of In an Instant: A Family’s Journey of Love and Healing, The New York Times best-selling book about their family’s difficult journey during Bob’s critical injury in Iraq while anchoring a broadcast for ABC News.
Lee and Bob have also established the Bob Woodruff Family Fund for Traumatic Brain Injury to raise money to assist members of the military with cognitive rehabilitation and other care needs. Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg’s interview with Lee sheds a light on this dedicated care advocate

Gary Barg: It has been a few years years since Bob was injured in Iraq. How is he doing?

Lee Woodruff: Bob is doing amazing and his recovery is miraculous; but as miraculous as it is, it was also hard work, as anybody knows who is caregiving someone or going through any kind of rehabilitation or recovery.  It is day-to-day and some days are better than other days.

GB:  How are you doing?

LW:  I am doing really well, but I think that we all have our own form of post-traumatic stress disorder; especially when something happens instantly, like Bob’s injury. That changes your life and sort of upends your faith in the order of things in the universe.  There are moments like if he goes out for milk or something and he hasn’t come back in 20 minutes, my first thought is, What is wrong?  That is not the way I used to think...continued

Take care

Gary Barg


Feature Article

Schizophrenia: Mystery of the Mind

By Hilary Gibson, Staff Writer

For over a century, neuroscience and psychiatry have been trying to understand diseases of the brain, among them the mental disorder called schizophrenia. It has been difficult to define this erratic disease, and even more difficult to medically treat and control it. What is known about schizophrenia is that it is not a “split personality” disorder as is commonly and erroneously believed...continued

The Silverado Story
The Silverado Story

Guest Column

I'm Fine, Thanks
By Pat D’Andria

That is the life of a caregiver.  You are always fine because the focus is always on the person that you care for.  You are “just fine” because if you think of allowing yourself to be anything other than fine, your legs will come out from under you.  You just keep moving along, all the while knowing that the person that you are trying to convince that you are “just fine” is you...continued Long Term Care Channel


Forty-Eight Mental Breaks for Caregivers
Caregiving takes a lot of time. Even if you had spare time to daydream in the first place, it’s probably gone now. However you must give yourself a mental break once in a while. The following list is intended to make you think back to a simpler time in your past, and possibly one in your future. Use them sparingly (one at a time), or be a glutton (overdose on all of them at the same time). The goal here is to make you feel better...continued

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Sharing Wisdom - Caregiver Tips

From Yvonne in Murphy, NC
If I had one piece of advice to give anyone who is caring for a patient with dementia and short- term memory loss, it is this:  Don’t get upset, angry or short-tempered about anything!  Don't fight or argue about things that don't really matter.  In five minutes, they forget about it, and you take much longer to get over it.  It makes you your own worst enemy.


From Judy in La Verne, CA
This is still a new journey for us. My husband was diagnosed with dementia three years ago. For the last year or so, he has been confusing which grandkids go with which child. I have put photos everywhere! He looks and talks about them all the time. He really enjoys looking at them and hearing the story of what was happening at that time. High school sweethearts, we have been married 51 years this month! He loves music! When we're in the car, I make sure we have 50s CDs playing. We sing and laugh all the way to our destination and back. He now whistles and sings constantly, in the store, on the porch, etc. We dance in the kitchen while he sings to me. Music seems to put him in a good place and lifts his spirits. Mine, too!


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with
Lee Woodruff

Feature Article
Schizophrenia: Mystery of the Mind

Guest Column
I'm Fine, Thanks 

Forty-Eight Mental Breaks for Caregivers
Sharing Wisdom


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