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Thursday April 24, 2008 - Issue #376

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief

 Water, Water Everywhere

I've been getting a lot of fan mail over the past few months, not for me of course but for my puppy, Morris.  (Me, I get the complaints and the bills).

If you remember, he had surgery on his leg on St. Patrick's Day - not worrying too much, but his cast had a receipt from Joe's Pub stuck in it. 

Actually, he is doing great, he thinks he is back to his normal active self  but the doctor wants three more weeks of slow walking.  Tell him that.  One thing that has changed though is that he doesn't drink water in the daytime at all anymore (you can lead a dog to water...)  I was really worried about it until I noticed that he made up for it at night.  I think due to our reduced daytime walking schedule, he is trying to not add any undue pressures to his system until we get home.   This canine conundrum got me thinking about the need we all have for proper hydration. 

When my dad was ill, it was a challenge to get him to drink enough water so we did what all Fearless Caregivers must at times, we cheated.  We would feed him as much foods with water in it as possible, thankfully he liked soups a lot  and found Jell-O to be refreshing. One further point I want to make as we work to keep our loved ones well-hydrated,  don't forget yourself.  Drinking multiple cups of bad hospital coffee is not the same as drinking water,  in fact caffeinated drinks serve as a diuretic,  If you drink four cups of coffee, you may need more than eight cups of water per day to make up for what the caffeine causes you to lose.

So line 'em up, Joe.  I'll have my water to go.


Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Cholesterol Treatment in the Elderly

By Sandra Ray, Staff Writer 

The risks associated with high cholesterol have been well-documented, yet compliance with treatment schedules is still low.  ...Continued

Additional Article:

Where Mobility Needs Meet Technology 

By: Sandra Fusion, Staff Writer

There are approximately 43 million Americans who experience some form of disability. Many are able to function without adaptive or assistive devices...Continued


Caregiver Story

Mothering and Daughtering

By Kory Sessions-Riseley 


She is standing at the kitchen sink ready for church: flowered skirt, knit top, matching blouse, stockings, comfortable shoes, makeup.. ...Continued

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Issues of Control
By Kate Murphy, RN

This week I would like to talk a little bit about control issues in caregiving. Control is probably one of the most important things our loved one can lose.....Continued



I am quite stressed with caregiving duties which only just started. I am an emotional person to begin with - my family has abandoned me so to speak and stopped calling, friends are sick of the situation too. Hubbie has severe aphasia, however he is still very physical. He is able to eat, shower and dress, etc. He wants to talk so badly and is getting nowhere with his speech pathologists. In fact they say stop - he reached a plateau!!! I want so much for him to speak. Watching him 24/7 breaks my heart and I cry a lot.

I'm going to a caregivers support meeting next week - it can only help. I just wish the out-of-town family would understand and come and help me more than the once they have done so far. I feel very isolated. I can go out to a store and leave him - but when I return it's the same situation. We have no children. Please don't suggest the County Dept of Aging - they have not been one bit of help - he's only 59 years old.


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Water, Water Everywhere
Cholesterol Treatment in
the Elderly
Mothering & Daughtering


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