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Friday March 27, 2009 - Issue #425


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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Once A Caregiver...

We just spent a wonderful if not somewhat drizzly day with a room full of newly minted Fearless Caregivers at the first annual Nashville Fearless Caregiver Conference. There were so many lessons learned from the family and professional caregivers we met this week that I could fill many newsletters with their advice (and probably will.)

The first lesson I learned was actually from dinner the night before with some new friends who came in from Indianapolis to join us for the day.  One gentleman was talking about his mother Dora, a retired nurse, who upon learning about her neighbor Rose’s recent stroke, took it upon herself to design a personalized rehabilitation program and bring it into Rose’s bedroom where she was recuperating. Dora had constructed a story book out a sheaf of lined paper consisting of her own drawings to the story of “Jack and Jill.”  For weeks, she sat with her neighbor stroking her paralyzed arm and face and guiding Rose as she both recited and re-wrote out the words to the well known nursery rhyme.    A few months later when visiting his mother, Rose’s daughter took my friend aside and showed him a massive stack of papers where Rose had methodically written and re-written the words to the children’s story under the patient tutelage of his mother.  By the time he stood there flipping through the pages in disbelief, Rose had recuperated to the point that she showed little sign of the stroke. 

The twist ending to the story: Both ladies are now living in a long term care facility and my friend’s mother Dora is living with Alzheimer’s disease. 

The moral of the story:  We should never underestimate the healing power of caring, for either the care recipient or the caregiver.

 

Take care

Gary Barg
Editor-in-Chief
gary@caregiver.com


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Feature Article

When Depressed Husbands Refuse Help


By  Beverly Wax


To the outside world, Emme lived a charmed life. She was a successful model, creative director of her own clothing line, a television host, lecturer, and mother of a beautiful baby girl.  ....Continued
 


 
Additional Article
Those Inexplicable Instructions!

By  Dr. Barry Tepperman

It happens to every caregiver. You're at the doctor's with your loved one. You and your loved one are both feeling well, and your loved one is looking forward to a vacation away-with some strenuous physical activity.  ....Continued
 


Guest Column
Caregiving Issues Facing
the Multi-Generational Family
By  Helen Hunter, ACSW, CMSW

There are many family situations today where you can find three, four or even five generations living under one roof. While the circumstances that result in multi-generational living vary from financial to health-related to simple family closeness, those who live in these types of households deal with many issues. ...Continued


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Caretips

The Caregivers' Role in Rehabilitation 
By  Sean Kenny

The ever expanding role of caregivers has grown by leaps and bounds in the last few years. Primary caregivers have always been extensions of their medical facility based counterparts, whether they are doctors, physiologists, nutritionists, or psychologists. The field of rehabilitative medicine is no different.  ...Continued


 
 
Carenotes

I am completely burnt out. I have cared for mom in my home going on 4 years. She is elderly and completely helpless, but I have managed....but now, she has begun crying and whimpering every 2 hours, whether she is comfortable or not, night and day.  I know the end is coming and I have called in hospice, but being around this misery, night and day, is very trying.  I love my mom and always will.

Any tips on coping with this?



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Once A Caregiver...
When Depressed Husbands Refuse Help
Guest Column
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