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 Tuesday March 29,2011 - Issue #27

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief An Interview with Hugh Downs

Hugh Downs is one of America’s most respected and honored television personalities. He began his extraordinary TV career in 1956 as an announcer on Sid Caesar’s Hour. After stints on The Tonight Show and The Today Show, he spent 21 years as co-host of the popular ABC news magazine 20/20 (1978-1999). The winner of six Emmy awards, Downs has been interested in aging since he produced his first television news story on the subject in 1951. In the 1970s he co-hosted Over Easy, a PBS program on aging. An avid sportsman, Downs is a pilot who holds a current medical rating, as well as several ratings from multi-engine to hot air balloon. Mr. Downs serves on the advisory committee of The Caregiving Project for Older Americans, a partnership between The International Longevity Center-USA (ILC) and the Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education (SCSHE). The Caregiver Project for Older Americans will bring greater awareness of the caregiving crisis to the American public, and work toward solutions, including the development of a national systematic approach to recruiting, training and retaining paid professional caregivers; and by doing so, securing a well-prepared and dedicated generation of caregivers. Gary Barg caught up with Mr. Downs for a conversation on topics ranging from music composition to great grandchildren to Daniel Boone.

Gary Barg: You are a member of the new advisory committee for the caregiving project of the ILC (International Longevity Center).  Could you tell me the goals of the project? 

Hugh Downs:   The goal of the ILC is to change the thinking of humans, particularly a lot of the Western society which is riddled with that “Pepsi generation” mentality  with the accent on youth, which really neglects and goes against older people just because they are older people; and this is still true to a large extent. I admire the ILC because it’s on top of all these goals and trends and is trying to lead the world toward enlightenment; not merely for humanitarian reasons and fairness, but for the sake of civilization. There’ve been cultures that have been wise enough to capture the wisdom of their elders, particularly in places such as Nepal where my son was for many years. When I went to visit him in there, the Nepalese have a custom that I thought was very interesting...continued

Take care

Gary Barg


Feature Article

Dementia and Incontinence Treatment

By Sandra Ray, Staff Writer

Dementia is a devastating disease that affects approximately 24 million people worldwide; its most common form, Alzheimer’s disease, affects more than 4.5 million people in the U.S. according to the Alzheimer’s Association. The disease slowly robs individuals of their memory, cognitive functioning, and eventually renders the person almost completely dependent upon others for their daily care...continued

Guest Column

What to do About Mom or Dad -
Find the Expertise You Need in a
Professional Geriatric Care Manager
By Cheryl Smith, MA

You are managing your time pretty well—things are tight and there are activities you would like to add to your schedule, like a yoga class or a new hobby, but you just can’t juggle one more thing. 

But then something happens that is about to add a huge responsibility to your already overloaded schedule – there is a crisis with your elderly parent or relative...continued


Tips for Managing Incontinence
with Frontotemporal Dementia
By Geri Hall, PhD, ARNP, GCNS-BC, FAAN

Always make sure the doctor does an evaluation to rule out infections, tumors, etc. for both urinary or bowel incontinence.

If the patient is still early in the disease, there are two frontotemporal dementia-specific issues:...continued

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with Hugh Downs

Feature Article
Dementia and Incontinence Treatment

Guest Column
What to do About Mom
or Dad

Tips for Managing Incontinence with Frontotemporal Dementia    


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