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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
Nutrition Ideas for Stress Reduction
By Cheryl Ellis, Staff
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
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
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
Learn healthy ways to manage your stress
Think of challenges as opportunities to shine
Look for the best in others and yourself
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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