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 Tuesday September 13, 2011 - Issue #51

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief An Interview with Hector Elizondo

Hector Elizondo is a Tony Award winning Broadway star and well-renowned television and movie actor, appearing in television programs including Chicago Hope, The Rockford Files and Monk and movies such as American Gigolo and Pretty Woman. He has also been a conga player with a Latin band, a classical guitarist and singer, a weightlifting coach, a ballet dancer, as well as family caregiver. Elizondo spent years as a caregiver to his mother who was living with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as a support to his dad who was the family’s primary caregiver.  He has become an enthusiastic caregiving advocate, traveling the nation talking about the needs of Alzheimer’s caregivers. Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg sat down with this multi-talented entertainer for a wide-ranging conversation about topics near and dear to his heart.  

Gary Barg:  What were the first signs of your mother’s Alzheimer’s disease? 

Hector Elizondo:  The first signs of her illness were very subtle; just forgetfulness, the usual stuff, the shopping list, the keys, and then a pattern started to emerge.  Realizing that now in retrospect, back then it was, “Oh Mom, please, you asked that question before, you know, a half hour ago.” But the first real red flag was when she lost her way in her neighborhood.

GB:  They used to call Alzheimer’s pre-senile dementia. 

HE:  That’s what she was diagnosed with.  She was diagnosed with pre-senile dementia.  We had no idea what the heck it meant, quite frankly, we had no idea what she had.  No one had any idea about anything and my father, of course, was the primary caregiver...continued

Take care

Gary Barg

Genworth Financial

Feature Article

Careful in the Kitchen

By Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer

The best place to be as a child was in Grandma’s kitchen, especially when she’s taking a fresh tray of cookies out of the oven.  Sneaking a bite of cookie dough was a must for any youngster. Grandma may have thought nothing of it then, but today, the risks of eating raw eggs are well known.  ...continued

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The Financial Side of Caregiving 
By Sherri Goss

A woman called me for an appointment, saying she heard I work with caregivers.  Many of my clients are caregivers, and they are amazing people.  Most of them work very long hours, are under incredible emotional pressure, and have little support.  They want so badly to do the very best for their loved one.  This woman was no exception...continued


Tips for Keeping Safe at Home with Chemotherapy

By Cheryl Coppola RN, MSN, OCN

As more and more chemotherapy is given in outpatient clinics and at home, it is extremely important that caregivers and patients understand the risks and hazards that household members may be exposed to. Chemotherapy can be given via a portable infusion pump or in pill form. In both cases it is possible for cancer drugs to unintentionally come in contact with caregivers...continued

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with
Hector Elizondo

Feature Article
Careful in the Kitchen  

Guest Column
The Financial Side of Caregiving 

Tips for Keeping Safe at Home with Chemotherapy 


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