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July 22, 2014
Issue #733

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From the Editor's Pen Gary Barg • Editor-in-Chief • gary@caregiver.com

Gary Barg

An Interview with
Richard Cohen & Meredith Vieira

Gary Barg:  Why do you think language is so very important to people living with chronic illness, and to their families?

Richard Cohen:  Well, I think language is a powerful weapon. People who have chronic illnesses have a constant battle with how people see them. And I always say, when I’m talking to groups, that you’re really fighting on two fronts. You’re not just fighting an illness, you’re fighting public attitudes and public perceptions of the person with the illness, and many times that can be worse than the illness.

Meredith Vieira:  I wanted to pick up on what you were saying, Richard, because perception also applies to the people who are with someone who is chronically ill. We have been fighting the perception that I am somehow the, woe is me, burdened selfless martyr. Almost every article starts out referencing that in one way or another when that couldn’t be further from the truth  ...more

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Activities for People with Dementia
By Jennifer Buckley

It is universally recognized that elderly people with dementia lose their short term memory first and their long term memory last. For example, they often remember people and events from their earlier years, but have difficulty remembering what they ate for breakfast the day before  ...more

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45 or Die
By Dallas Hall

“Please, put my head up!” her mind desperately cried out as she choked and gasped for air. She couldn’t speak because a stroke had taken her voice a few months earlier, so she pleaded with her eyes, wide with fear, to anyone who cared to help.

Nobody did, not even when her body rocked violently as she continued to strangle  ...more

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The Value of Massage for Caregivers
By Kristine Dwyer, Staff Writer

Massage therapy isn’t just a luxury anymore and has actually become a vital part of health care practices worldwide. It is a holistic therapy that has shown positive effects on physical and mental health in addition to enhancing medical treatments. Having a massage does more than just relax the body and mind. There are measurable physiological and psychological changes that occur; especially when massage is used as a preventative and continuous therapy. The effects of massage on the body’s systems can be profound, directly impacting our immune system, digestion, respiration, circulation, nervous system, muscle health and more. It has been said that, “Massage is to the human body what a tune-up is for a car.”  ...more

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From R: 
My fiancé was diagnosed with bipolar disorder about four months ago. I don't know what to do. Sometimes he wants me around and begs me not to go to work. He gets upset when I'm tired because it seems to him that I'm ignoring him. And other times, he doesn't want me to touch him or to be around him because he says it makes him sad and he doesn't want me around his friends, either. In the past, before he was medicated, he was abusive and he says that looking at me makes him feel guilty about the things he did. He doesn't want to break up; he still wants the relationship. Is this normal for bipolar disorder? Why is he doing this? Please help.

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