Jane Seymour is an actress, producer,
artist, jewelry designer, writer, health
advocate and caregiver. She is best
known for her starring role in the TV
series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and her
many film roles including Oh Heavenly
Dog with Chevy Chase and
Time with Christopher Reeve in 1980.
Jane and Christopher remained friends
for over 20 years, until his death in
2004. After his accident, Seymour was
inspired by his extraordinary strength
and will to live. His inspiration caused
her to reach out to mentor young people
with spinal cord injury. In 2008,
the Christopher and Dana Reeve
Foundation presented her with their
Philanthropy Award at their 4th Annual
Los Angeles Gala.
Gary Barg spoke with Jane about Dana and
Christopher Reeve, caregiving and how to
best care for yourself.
I just want to
tell you I was a
of Dana Reeve.
We did a cover
her in 1999 and
I will always
She was just a
person and a
And the things
that she told me
interview I talk
speeches to this
award from the
Dana was an
Chris and Dana,
to this day, are
both of them for
what they did.
Chris could very
focused on what
he needed to
make his life
Instead, he went
out of his way
himself to the
limit to try and
find a cure and
work for other
all kinds of
Dana was a
me that we lost
Traveling for a Cure
By Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer
In the very olden days, people
traveled to “take cures” at the Swiss Alps and other
locales such as tuberculosis sanatoriums. Traveling to
receive treatment, even several weeks to convalesce at
the beach, was often a first choice option. Our current
society, defined by insurance diagnosis codes and
restrictions on coverage, may contribute to moving us
toward “med tourism” as an alternative to being turned
down for needed care...continued
Depression: The Hidden Symptom of
By Sherri Issa
Until recently, depression as a
symptom of Parkinson's Disease (PD) was one of the most
debilitating of all the symptoms of the disease. We now
know that the disease involves a chemical deficit in the
brain and affects physical movement as well as emotions.
With the aid of advanced medical care and self- help no
one with PD should have to live with the deep misery of
Lessen The Squeeze: Caregiver Coping
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
I have taken care of a legally blind senior citizen
for almost six years. I live with him and am constantly
stressed because he belittles me and argues about
everything. He has even admitted that he likes to argue with
me more than being nice and cordial. Any suggestions? It’s
not good for my health.
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