David Hyde Pierce is an award-winning
veteran actor of stage and screen who is
best known for playing psychiatrist Dr.
Niles Crane in the long-running NBC
comedy hit Frasier. With a career
that spans more than 20 years, Pierce
has accumulated an array of credits that
includes roles in the films Down with
Love, Treasure Planet, Full Frontal and
Sleepless in Seattle. He has played
roles in numerous television shows and
in many Broadway and off- Broadway
Pierce is a long-time National Board
Member of the Alzheimer’s Association.
He has testified before Congress,
lobbying for funding for research and
medical care, and recently hosted the
eighth annual National Alzheimer’s Gala
in Washington, DC.
Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg talks with
David about his role as a family
caregiver for his father and
grandfather, and his role as an advocate
for progress toward new treatments for
As a Board Member of the
Alzheimer’s Association, you
must have a good understanding
of the progress being made to
help people with Alzheimer’s and
their caregivers. Do you think
we’re any closer to finding a
David Hyde Pierce:
We’re always closer to getting a
cure, but we’re still not close
enough. The researchers have
been working tirelessly, and we
have some of the best people in
the scientific world focused on
this disease because it is such
an enigma and such a tragedy on
so many different levels. People
for humanitarian reasons, for
economic reasons, for all sorts
of reasons, want to find a way
to slow this disease down...continued
Heat Stress in the Elderly
Elderly people (that is, people aged 65 years and
older) are more prone to heat stress than younger people
for several reasons:
Elderly people do not adjust as well as young people to
sudden changes in temperature.
They are more likely to have a chronic medical
condition that changes normal body responses to heat...continued
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
Diabetic Foot Care Tips
By Dr. Tamara D. Fishman
Never soak your feet.
Never apply heat of any kind to your feet.
Never cut your own toenails, refer to a podiatrist or
Never go barefoot...continued
Is there anything that can be done when a 72-year-old
man, who is almost totally disabled, has been "taken in" by
a scam (or several "linked" scams) that offer him millions
of dollars saying he has won a sweepstakes or a lottery
(neither of which he ever entered!) and then ask him to send
money because they have to import the car or something and
he never gets any money? He has sent them over $30,000 since
last November, and that doesn't include all the fees for
sending the money.
His family and friends have told
him repeatedly that this is a scam and he has to stop, but
he says, "It will come; you have to have faith" and just
continues. He gets very aggressive when anyone tries to tell
him to stop and I don't know what to do! Local authorities
say unless he is a danger to himself or others, there's
nothing they can do; and unless he consents, I can't get him
into counseling. I am getting desperate. He has borrowed
money from others and has many outstanding bills. He doesn't
talk to friends anymore, for the most part because he's
borrowed from them and has no way to repay them (he had a
small auto repair business when all this started). He just
answers calls, which go on all day and well into the night,
or goes out to send them more money.
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