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 Tuesday March 22,2011 - Issue #26

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief An Interview with Montel Williams

Montel Brian Anthony Williams is the Emmy award winning host of the Montel Williams show, television actor and producer, motivational speaker, best-selling author, healthcare advocate, Naval intelligence officer and person living with multiple sclerosis. Montel has used his public platform to help find a cure for MS and to shine a light on those living with healthcare challenges. Montel sat down with Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg to discuss his thoughts on life and caregiving.

GB: We talk all the time about family members becoming what we call “fearless caregivers,” partnering with a loved one’s care team. What advice do you have for family caregivers if they are just not comfortable with the care their loved one is receiving?

MW: This is something that just blows me out the door and I’ve talked about it in every one of my books. Just because you walk into a doctor’s office and he’s got a shingle hanging on his wall that says doctor or Ph.D. from whatever hospital, you automatically assume that he knows more about everything on this planet than you do, and that’s just not true. If doctors knew so much, none of us would be sick. So, the truth-of-the-matter is doctors need to respect the patient and the patient’s family 100 percent when he gets involved in the process of caring for someone’s life. ...continued

Take care

Gary Barg


Feature Article

Nutrition Ideas for Stress Reduction

By Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer

Stress depletes the body of energy in a variety of ways. Loss of sleep, feelings of agitation or depression, and development of poor eating habits are “side effects” of stress that need intervention. Some stress can help us rise to the occasion and get things done, but too much stress drains the body. One way to break the stress cycle is by changing the diet to one that can actually help reduce stress....continued

Guest Column

Rise and Shine – with Yoga!
The Innovative Use of Yoga for Getting out of Bed
with Safety and Confidence
By Kathy Glenn, Janet Hennard and Jayne Shale

Wake up. Get up. Many of us start our day with those simple tasks, not giving it much thought. But almost 28 percent of Americans over 65 report having difficulty getting out of bed. While Americans are living longer and expecting a better quality of life than their predecessors, the ability to get out of bed ─ with safety and confidence ─ has a profound effect on whether you are able to live those expectations...continued


Ten Ways to Maintain a Positive Attitude
By Helen Hunter, ACSW, LSW, GCM
  1. Learn healthy ways to manage your stress

  2. Think of challenges as opportunities to shine

  3. Look for the best in others and yourself ...continued

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I am 18 years old and I take care of my 75-year-old grandma with Alzheimer’s/dementia full time. I live with her and I am severely depressed and stressed. Nobody comes to help or give me time off.  I can’t even go to the doctor for myself. She is angry most of the time because she doesn’t think a "kid" should be telling her what to do. She thinks it should be the other way around. I have no idea what I’m up against.  Anyone have any ideas?

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with Montel Williams

Feature Article
Nutrition Ideas for Stress Reduction

Guest Column
Rise and Shine – with Yoga! 

Ten Ways to Maintain a Positive Attitude    



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