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Be Well

Be Well: Becoming A Caregiver

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 7:35 AM

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As part of ideastream's focus on family caregiving, we'll be telling many stories on radio as well as television and online in the coming months. But as ideastream health reporter Sarah Jane Tribble began her reporting, she was puzzled over one big question: How does one mentally cope with taking on the day-to-day care of a loved one? She talks with Morning Edition Host Rick Jackson about becoming a caregiver. The story introduces Jim Traxler, who is taking care of his wife Karen. At 72, Karen suffers from dementia.

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Jim Traxler talks about his wife Karen and the experience of being her caregiver. Jim Traxler plays trumpet for his wife Karen. They shared a love of music before Karen's dementia progressed.

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Jim Traxler talks about the love of music he has shared with his wife Karen. Music therapy helped Karen fight dementia.

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ideastream’s Kay Colby has a story on Jim and Karen’s journey this Friday evening on ideas. Watch the show online after the air-date here.


Health, Aging/The Elderly, Be Well, Be Well Podcast, Caregiving

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