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From The Editor
An Interview with Hector Elizondo
is a Tony Award
television and movie
actor, appearing in
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
a ballet dancer, as
well as family
spent years as a
caregiver to his
mother who was
as well as a support
to his dad who was
the family’s primary
has become an
traveling the nation
talking about the
needs of Alzheimer’s
Barg sat down with
entertainer for a
topics near and dear
to his heart.
What were the first
signs of your
The first signs of
her illness were
very subtle; just
usual stuff, the
shopping list, the
keys, and then a
pattern started to
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
GB: They used
to call Alzheimer’s
That’s what she was
She was diagnosed
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
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
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
Keeping Safe at Home with
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
I need information on how to obtain a dog for my wife who
is confined to a wheelchair with MS. Too many hoops/long
waiting list for a service dog.
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