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Fearless Caregiver Newsletter
 Tuesday December 18, 2012 - Issue #117

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Joy Behar and her Daughter Eve

Joy Behar is an American comedian, writer, actress, and a co-host of the talk show, The View. For Joy, heart disease is a family affair. Despite having lost both parents to heart disease, Joy’s mother Rose was not prepared when a sudden heart attack struck in her fifties. Now, Joy and her daughter Eve (a talented ceramic artist) are challenging women who have or are at risk for heart disease to be prepared, and better their odds of surviving should a heart attack strike without warning.

Gary Barg:  How has heart disease affected your family?

Joy Behar:  I am the recipient of a gene, I think possibly, because my mother had her first heart attack when she was 50 years old.  An uncle, who is her brother, had a sudden heart attack and died at the age of 58.  Both my grandparents on my mother’s side died of heart attacks.  So, there you have it.  It is not a pretty picture.

Gary Barg:  What do women need to know about the risks of having sudden heart attacks and what should they do if they think they are experiencing one? ...read more

Take Care

Gary Barg


Feature Article

De-Stigmatizing Urinary Incontinence
By Michael Plontz

Too often caregivers feel that their loved one’s incontinence is a natural result of aging, dementia, medication or disability. They may not seek help because they assume that nothing can be done. But that might not be entirely true. Let’s learn about this too-little-talked-about condition.

First of all, we need a basic anatomy lesson. The urinary system contains a urethra, a bladder, two ureters, and two kidneys. A circular muscle called the sphincter can play a role in incontinence, but it is not an official part of the urinary system...read more

Caregiver Holiday Special

Guest Column

My Mother's Keeper: The Eye Doctor Appointment
By Beverly Bernstein Joie, MS, CMC

For the past several years, my step-sister had been taking my mom to see the ophthalmologist. They had their routine; Cindy would drop her off for the appointment and then pick her up after it. Then, last spring, Mom called to ask if I could step in because Cindy was unavailable to help her. I was actually pleased that I would have the opportunity to see what the doctor had to say...read more


Caring for Someone with the Flu

Keep your loved one comfortable and follow the recommendations of his or her health care provider.

Keep others in the home healthy by washing hands and household surfaces frequently.

Ensure that all medications are taken as directed...read more

CFA 2013 Call for Entries


I have a question and hope someone will give me a tip. My daughter, an adult in her fifties, is quadriplegic due to MS. Her caregiver is her husband, who works from home. As of late, it is getting harder to dress her.  She cannot do this lying down on the bed and cannot bear any weight. Any ideas out there? 


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with Joy Behar and her Daughter Eve

Feature Article
De-Stigmatizing Urinary Incontinence

Guest Column
My Mother's Keeper: The Eye Doctor Appointment

Caring for Someone with the Flu


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Educate yourself & other caregivers on any medication given to a loved one. The internet is wonderful to help you...continued