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 Thursday February 3, 2011 - Issue #19

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Maria Shriver

Gary Barg:      Was there a moment when you first knew that your father was living with Alzheimer’s disease?
Maria Shriver:      I didn’t have a specific moment in time. I think like anybody in this situation, as your parents get older, you become more aware that certain things aren't the way they used to be. When he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, we just all came together and said, "Okay, what do we do, how do we handle this the best way we can, how do we handle this as a family, how do we support Dad the best we can?" You just go about researching it and doing the best you can, just like all the other millions of families. The important thing to realize is that no two cases are alike, so no two families travel the same road. What is right for one family may not be right for the other, and that doesn't mean that one is better or worse than the other.
GB:      You've had so many interesting jobs and careers, first of all as a mother, then as a First Lady, and as a reporter and anchor; how does your father’s illness fit in your daily life? ...continued

Take care

Gary Barg


Feature Article

PreSchool in Alzheimer's Care Center

By Diane Guthrie

Sitting around a table in the dining room at The Hampton in Tumwater, Washington, preschoolers, their teachers, and Alzheimer’s residents paint with watercolor.  Rano, a student, says, “Excuse me,” to get some attention.  “Paint me a purple horse,” Rano says to resident Sally D.  Sally’s painting looks very much like Rano’s.  There are several brush stokes of different colors of paint – no recognizable forms.  Kara Lawrence, the preschool assistant, paints a purple horse for Rano....continued

The Silverado Story
The Silverado Story

Guest Column

Helping Children Deal With Loss
Through the Journaling Process... 
By Katherine Dorn Zotovich

Today more and more American families are involved in the care of their loved ones. Often that creates a change in family dynamics, routines, reassigning roles, economic hardships and demands on adult time and emotional stress for all family members involved. The changes taking place can be threatening for children. Change creates loss and loss creates grief. A grieving child needs our reassurance that he/she will be cared for and is loved...continued Long Term Care Channel


Taking Care 
By LeAnn Thieman

Terry stacks the breakfast dishes into the sink, hands the freshly-packed lunchboxes to her son and daughter, bundles them into their coats and boots and hustles them to the school bus. With a smile and a wave she promises, “I’ll pick you up after school. We’ll make Christmas cookies for your Girl Scout meeting, then go to your basketball game.”...continued

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Sharing Wisdom - Caregiver Tips

From Drinelle in Bristol
My husband has difficulty using the toilet; he now has to sit to urinate.  I put some red tape on the little rug in front of the toilet and it works wonders. I tell him to stand his two feet on the red tape and then he has no problem sitting on the toilet from there.


Fran from New York
I'm in a good place right now as my husband is dealing pretty well with chemo, and recovery from surgery seems good. When things were not so good, I signed up for a weekly massage at a school where they teach it, saw my acupuncturist once a week and had a therapist to talk to. I made sure to spend time with good friends. Going to work helped a lot, but then I cried every Saturday. I never did pick up my needlepoint, but it's waiting for me if I need it, and I'm looking forward to gardening when it warms up. Another thing that helped was telling my husband that I needed him to pay attention to me, too. That got the best reaction!

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with
Maria Shriver

Feature Article
PreSchool in Alzheimer's Care Center

Guest Column
Helping Children Deal With Loss Through the Journaling Process... 

Taking Care  
Sharing Wisdom


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