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 Tuesday November 30 2010 - Issue #514

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

The Caregiver Test

Dear Gary, 

“I have an elderly mother who lives in assisted living, but I visit her at least twice weekly to take her to appointments, the hair salon, eat out, etc.  I am amazed at those featured in your newsletter, on your Web site and in your magazine who sacrifice SO much. I don't think I could do that. Then I started wondering, is this a 'dirty little secret'? If it hasn't been discussed, I think it should be. There are those of us who either cannot or will not, for various reasons, take on the huge job of daily caregiving.  I treasure the time I have left with my mom, and we joke about a lot of things related to aging; but I also know it would be a strain on both of us to live together.“

I share this letter from a reader because it highlights an issue about which I am quite serious. There are NO textbook perfect caregivers or caregiving situations. We are all just trying to do the best we can on a daily basis for those we love who are in need...continued  

Take care

Gary Barg




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Feature Article

Prescription Drug Programs for Caregivers

By Marie Santangelo, Staff Writer

As caregivers know, not all loved ones may qualify for Medicare or Medicaid. This puts some medications, especially newer ones, out of reach. Patients in need of help with drug costs need to look at a variety of sources. One surprising resource is the company that produces the medication.

Depending on the physician, you may find yourself waiting behind numbers of pharmacy reps in the office. It’s not such a bad thing when your doctor gives free samples of medications that may help do the trick...continued

Guest Column

Understanding Challenging Behavior

By Sharon Roth Maguire MS, APRN-BC, GNP, APNP

While being a caregiver to unusual or so-called “difficult” behaviors, it is quite common for persons with dementia to display these types of behaviors and while many of these behaviors are predictable, like repetitive questioning, pacing, forgetting how to use common objects, etc., there are others that are more upsetting to both the caregiver and the individual with dementia. Agitation in the form of shouting, pushing, resisting care; spitting out food; urinating in inappropriate places, disrobing; wandering, etc., are the kinds of behaviors that are truly unsettling and should prompt investigation....continued

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November/December Issue


Assisted Living Communities Checklist

Please use the following checklist to assist you in comparing assisted living communities. Ideally, both caregiver and care recipient will be involved in the selection process. It will make the adjustment to a new environment easier, and help your loved one continue to be part of the planning process. 

Evaluating the Assisted Living residence as you tour the facility.

  • Do you like the location and outward appearance of the facility? 

Share your tip, advice resource or observation.



My husband had a stroke seven weeks ago. He cannot speak. He can move around, but he sleeps all the time and will not eat. He has been on an anti-depressant for a week and I am seeing an improvement. However, he is so forgetful, he cannot remember to even wash his hands. I am not sure of the damage he has suffered. We are poor and on Medicaid.  Trust me, there is no hope through that! I am trying to do what I can and cannot find ANY support group in my area. My husband is 53 years old and he acts more like a five-year-old. HELP ME, PLEASE.
Angier, NC


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

The Caregiver Test

Feature Article

Prescription Drug Programs for Caregivers
Guest Column

Understanding Challenging Behavior


Assisted Living Communities Checklist



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