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Wednesday March 3, 2010 - Issue #474

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    From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

How ‘bout you?

My friend Anita is a long-distance caregiver for her father Harold.  Anita lives many states away and just spent the week in town once again, working to make sure that all is well with Harold.  Without going into the specifics of Anita’s family dynamics, suffice it to say that each time she returns, she has her hands full with Harold and her relatives who live much closer, but do much less.

Back in high school, Anita was one of the first vegetarians among my group of friends.  Whenever we went out to dinner, her plate was always filled with fresh and interesting looking foods—a fact which, when I related to her, she would say...continued 

Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

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Maintaining Nutrition When They Can't
Sit Down to Eat

By Barbara Williams, RN, BSN

It is difficult to plan for meals when the person you are feeding can’t sit down and enjoy a meal. This is often the case during the hyperactive stage of dementia. It is extremely frustrating for the caregiver and patient alike.

If you stop and rethink an earlier period in your life as the mother of an active two-year-old, it may cause you to see many similarities. What may have been an easy remedy then, a high chair with a belt, is not be a solution now. Food choices, however, may be eerily similar. The finger foods that worked for the two year old will work again for this new version of “I can’t sit down...continued

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Mixing Muscle and Maturity

By Sean Kenny


“I don’t need to exercise anymore! I’m too old to work out! What can I do at my age anyway?”

Those are only a few of the many responses I receive when I inquire about fitness programs in senior citizens. As the director of several athletic clubs, consultant to the medical community and a private trainer, I deal with these responses on a daily basis. Let’s take a closer look. For our purposes we will first define the senior population as anyone over the age of 55...continued



Tips to Help Seniors and Caregivers
Prepare for Surgery

Get to know your physicians
When considering whether or not to have surgery, find out if the surgery is really necessary and what benefits it will provide. You should also talk to the anesthesiologist prior to surgery and consider scheduling a consultation with a geriatric specialist, particularly if you are taking multiple medications. A geriatric anesthesiologist specializes in treating the geriatric patient, and he or she has specific experience caring for the elderly both preoperatively and postoperatively... Continued



After caring for my companion for 9 years following his severe stroke I am feeling burned out!! He wasn't expected to live and is now paralyzed on his right side and in a wheelchair. He has aphasia and it is hard for him to communicate. Although not married we had been dating for 10 years at the time of his stroke. We sold his house and he came to stay with me in my condo. Otherwise he would have gone to a nursing home. I am unable to find anyone to stay with him for a few days so I could have some respite. Does anyone know of any organizations in Ma. through which I could find a caregiver? He is 74 now. I would be so thankful for any suggestions.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

How ‘bout you?

Feature Article

Maintaining Nutrition When They Can't
Sit Down to Eat

Guest Column

Mixing Muscle
and Maturity

Tips to Help Seniors
and Caregivers
Prepare for Surgery




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Before Alhziemer's, my wife loved crossword puzzles. To occupy her time, jigsaw puzzles work well even though she may not be able to do them without help. She loves for the grandchildren to come by and just help little while....continued




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