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 Tuesday October 25, 2011 - Issue #57

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Melanie Bloom

After her husband, NBC News correspondent David Bloom, died from complications of deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) while covering the war in Iraq, Melanie Bloom felt the need to speak out.
Following David’s death in April 2003, Melanie became more aware of DVT and pulmonary embolism (PE), a potentially fatal complication of DVT. She learned about the risk factors for this condition—such as restricted mobility—that may have led to the development of David’s fatal blood clot.  Melanie also learned that David had a silent risk factor, Factor V Leiden—an inherited blood coagulant disorder that can increase a person's risk of DVT.  Having three or more risk factors for DVT may put someone at risk and could lead to a potentially fatal PE. David had four.
Most important to family caregivers, Melanie also learned that DVT can be prevented if you are aware of the risk factors, signs and symptoms, and speak to your doctor.
Melanie sat down with Editor-In-Chief Gary Barg to talk about some very important health issues of which family caregivers need to become aware.

Gary Barg: I was a big fan of your husband's work on NBC and it was a shock to hear how he died in Iraq.  It was actually the first time I heard about DVT.

Melanie Bloom:  Gary, me too. I had never heard of it before; so the most important person in your life died from something you do not even know about. It is pretty hard to swallow that.  And thank you for saying you enjoyed his work.  That means a lot...continued

Take care

Gary Barg

Memory Care Concepts 

Feature Article

Coping with Schizophrenia

By June Roberts, Staff Writer

A caregiver often become the nucleus for support for a person living with schizophrenia especially during the most difficult times that are caused by the symptoms of the disease.. You not only give your loved one vital feedback, but you encourage, motivate, and act as the ...continued

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Guest Column

By Sarah M. Glover 
I sit across the hall from my mother-in-law, Virginia, who is emitting 13.9 millirems of radiation.  I have to shout when I speak with her because of the metal barrier that separates us.  Garbage litters her hospital room where she has remained in isolation for the past 14 days, as nothing and no one can pass...continued


Home for the Holidays
By Janice Wallace

Many of us live far away from our families. The holidays are times when we reconnect with our loved ones. Holidays are an opportunity to take an objective look at how the seniors in our families are coping. Take time to notice if things have changed...continued

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My husband has brain cancer and I've been caring for him full-time for six months, putting my career as an Internet publisher (which I thought would give me home-based flexibility) largely on hold.   Now I wonder what I'll be able to do as caring for him declines as he gets better (or...).  What is available to 60-somethings who have a gap in their information careers?  I'm learning a lot about caregiving and the health system... but what caregiver isn't? :-)
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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with
Melanie Bloom

Feature Article
Coping with Schizophrenia  

Guest Column

Home for the Holidays 


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