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 Tuesday September 27, 2011 - Issue #53

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Kristi and
Carole Yamaguchi

Olympic Gold Medalist, New York Times best-selling author and fitness enthusiast, Kristi Yamaguchi, is a long-time advocate for influenza vaccination as part of the American Lung Association’s Faces of Influenza campaign.
This year, Kristi is joined on the campaign by her own mother, Carole Yamaguchi, who wants to let older adults like herself know that their age group is at higher risk for developing influenza-related complications and that there are specific vaccination options for them. In fact, people 65 years of age and older have the highest rates of hospitalization and death from influenza and its complications despite having the highest immunization rates in the U.S.
Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg sat down with Kristi and Carole to talk about this timely subject for all family and professional caregivers 

Gary Barg: what is influenza and why should family caregivers pay attention to influenza and influenza vaccinations?

Kristi Yamaguchi:  The goal of Faces of Influenza is to raise awareness of the seriousness of influenza.  Because it is a respiratory illness, it can lead to many complications, especially for people in certain health categories, with chronic health problems, and aged 65 and older.  The CDC [Centers for Disease Control] recommends everyone over the age of six months be vaccinated every year.

Gary Barg:  You are saying it is especially important for people who might have health challenges and for seniors to have the vaccine.


Take care

Gary Barg

We are observing Charcot-Marie-Tooth Awareness Month this September.
Listen to Gary’s Interview with Matthew Downing, CMT advocate living with CMT

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Feature Article

Lung Cancer Care

By Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer

oping with the diagnosis of cancer is only the beginning of the journey.  The entire process of diagnosis, treatment and changes in lifestyle are day by day hurdles for both caregiver and loved one...continued

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Guest Column

Lessen The Squeeze: Caregiver Coping Skills
By Carolyn K. Schultz
According to the Alzheimer’s Association (2000), 5.75 million Americans are in the “Sandwich Generation” of caring for both children and parents, and women represent the majority of caregivers for family members. ...continued


Coping Skills 

The day you discover your child has cancer, your whole life changes. No matter what the outcome may be, you are now living on an emotional roller coaster. When my son was first diagnosed, he was scared and angry, and he was embarrassed to lose his hair. The fact remained that although he was now a cancer patient, he was still a 14 year old teenager with all the typical emotions, feelings and concerns. ...continued

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Are there any resources out there for disabled caregivers?
I am a woman who has been disabled for about a decade and I am taking care of my 83-year-old father (after having taken care of both him and my mother).  My energy is very limited, which makes caring for his increasing dementia very difficult. 
Just knowing others are others there who are like me would help greatly, but to have information on how to maximize our abilities, our tasks, etc., would be phenomenal. 
I think what I miss most is someone to talk to; someone who can carry on a conversation.  Being virtually housebound is very isolating!
Thank you for any guidance you can offer


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with
Kristi and Carole Yamaguchi

Feature Article
Lung Cancer Care 

Guest Column
Lessen The Squeeze: Caregiver Coping Skills  

Coping Skills   


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