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 Tuesday July 26 2011 - Issue #44

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief An Interview with David Hyde Pierce

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 productions.

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 Alzheimer’s disease.

Gary Barg:  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 cure?

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

Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

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

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Guest Column

Taking Care
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

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Diabetic Foot Care Tips
By Dr. Tamara D. Fishman
  1. Never soak your feet.
  2. Never apply heat of any kind to your feet.
  3. Never cut your own toenails, refer to a podiatrist or medical doctor.
  4. Never go barefoot...continued

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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.
Do you or anyone you know have any suggestions? Thank you for any help you might be able to provide.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with
David Hyde Pierce

Feature Article
Heat Stress in the Elderly

Guest Column
Taking Care

Diabetic Foot Care Tips  


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