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Fearless Caregiver Newsletter
 Tuesday June 7, 2011 - Issue #37

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief An Interview with Linda Dano

Emmy-Award-Winning Actress Linda Dano is best known for her roles in daytime television programs including: As The World Turns, Another World,   One Life to Live, All My Children, General Hospital, Port Charles and  Guiding Light. She has also hosted her own talk show, Attitudes, writes a very popular style column for Soap Opera Digest and is a successful businesswoman and author. Linda returns to Today’s Caregiver magazine for a rare second cover interview to once again share her story of personal caregiving. The first time Linda discussed the challenges she faced as a caregiving daughter to a mother diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Since then, Linda’s mother, father and husband Frank all passed away (her mother and husband within days of one another), and she is back to discuss her subsequent battle with depression.

Linda sits down with Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg to share her singular insights on living with depression

Gary Barg: Since we know that depression is the most commonly felt emotion for over 63 percent of caregivers, and you have been so aware as a family caregiver, were you aware of your depression during your caregiving?

Linda Dano: No. it’s so interesting that you asked me that and I’ll tell you why. It was just last week and I was feeling very sad, thinking about my dad and my mother late at night in bed looking back over my caregiving. I suddenly said,  “Oh, my God, I was suffering from serious depression.”  Because when I was caregiving, I wouldn’t talk to anybody, I didn’t say what was on my mind, I didn’t let anyone know I was hurting this much...continued

Take care

Gary Barg
Editor-in-Chief
gary@caregiver.com


Easy Comforts

Feature Article

Medication Management in Disaster Planning

 

A family disaster plan can be of valuable assistance to every member of the family. In order for it to be effective, however, it needs to encompass all aspects of your current living situation. When considering a home or family disaster plan, it is easy to overlook medications and the special needs of family members. Instead of waiting for an event to occur, think ahead to these important areas:..continued

Guest Column

A Balancing Act: Simple Steps to Help Seniors See
the Need for Home Modifications
By Mary Becker-Omvig, MS, OTR/Lfa

They are questions caregivers face on a daily basis. How do we balance between too much and too little care? How do we balance what we think needs to be done with what might be most helpful?..continued


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"I planned with my sister for her to watch my husband on her day off and I treated myself to a day treatment at a local spa. It was much more cost effective than a nervous breakdown!”
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I thank God I found this Web site! I just moved temporarily from Los Angeles to Akron, Ohio. My mom went downhill mentally sooooo fast. I started a job when I arrived, but can't put any real time in as of yet. I've been unemployed for 10 years and now feel SPENT. My mom is in a rehab facility, one sister won't speak to me and the other one is trying to help—especially great in the financial aspect. But I feel so alone, lost and overwhelmed.  I can't get money, I have to pay $1000/month for my own healthcare costs right now, and I’m getting Mom's crazy calls. I'm just looking for more tips on keeping myself sane. I don't have much to share right now, but I'll keep reading some of these wonderful stories. I want to thank you all for letting me vent. Take care and God bless everyone!

 

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with
Linda Dano

Feature Article
Medication Management in Disaster Planning

Guest Column
Balancing Act: Simple Steps to Help Seniors See the Need for Home Modifications

Caretips
Respite Tips 
Carenotes
 

 

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