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 Tuesday December 7, 2010 - Issue #515

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Coffee Klatch

Last week’s column, The Coffee Conflicts, elicited such great personal responses, I want to share them with you today.
 
 

"I, too, have a story to share.  Today is 19 years since my mother died.  She was 94 years old.  She had a full life and had nine children, 28 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. When she died, there were only three children and 22 grandchildren left.  All of her grandchildren loved her very much.  She had a lot to share with them.  She taught them values, skills, crafts, cooking, sewing, and loved all of us.  I miss her and think of her almost every day.  She was caring and thoughtful to everyone she met.  Today, I still hear stories about her taking care of someone in need.
 
She was in her mid-forties when I was born, but she was my best friend growing up.  She would do activities with me, even going on a Ferris wheel.  She spoke our native language, Ho-Chunk, most of the time.  I know I am not the only one who feels this way about their mother.   Now I am a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, but I don’t have parents, brothers, sisters, aunts or uncles.  I had a very good role model in my mother.
 
Thank you for allowing me to share my loved one’s story"...continued  

Take care

Gary Barg
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gary@caregiver.com


 

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Feature Article

Avoiding Drug Interactions

According to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, more than 34 percent of seniors take medications prescribed by more than one physician and 72 percent take medications that were prescribed more than six months ago. This is one reason why caregivers need to be aware of the potential for drug interactions. There may be times when multiple medications are needed to manage symptoms or provide relief in some form...continued



Guest Column

Six New Items on the Menu For a Liquid Diet

By Rebekah Hindman

“Food has been the main topic in our house for the last year,” shares an anonymous patient on the Cancer Survivor Network web site. “My husband says he’s tired of hearing about what I can or can’t eat. I couldn’t do Ensure or Boost at all. I’m not sure how I survived the six months—lost 55 pounds. . So for you caregivers, please be patient. Keep trying different foods.”...continued


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Caretips

Diet and Nutrition Tips

  • Make dining social. Elderly people often fail to eat well because they don't like to eat alone.
  • Take notice of food content in their loved-one’s home. Keep their refrigerator well stocked and watch for and remove old or spoiled food in the fridge...continued

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My 85-year-old father and I are in a difficult position. My mother (84) has Crohn's disease and late-onset Alzheimer's. The combination of the two is devastating. We are constantly cleaning her and her surroundings.  She is down to 94 pounds. She is still lucid and knows most of what's going on, although she often forgets where she is.

How do we know when it is time to put her in a 24/7 facility? My father doesn't think she is ready for a nursing home. Two to three times a week, she attends an adult daycare. Her doctor thinks it would be easier on my dad if she were in a facility;he says she will need more care than one or two people can provide. The doctor and I am very concerned about the effect this is having on my father, who is fragile himself. I am with my folks for a month or two, but then I have to leave. They have long-term care insurance and have had aids come in. Please give me some guidance.

Sincerely,

EL

 

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Coffee Klatch

Feature Article

Avoiding Drug Interactions
Guest Column

Six New Items on the Menu For a Liquid Diet

Caretips

Diet and Nutrition Tips
Carenotes

 

 


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