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Thursday October 20, 2011 - Issue #560

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

 The Beck-and-Call-Giver

I don’t know what they put in the water in Boise, Idaho.  When I got off the plane, the cab driver sounded like he worked for the chamber of commerce. I never heard a single discouraging word about the city from the citizens I met during the 48 hours I was in town. It just makes me wonder. 

I was in Boise to keynote a caregiving conference hosted by Friends in Action, a small but energetic organization headed by Stephanie Bender-Kitz, Ph.D.  As we always find on the Fearless Caregiver tour each year, being in a large room with your fellow caregivers can be an eye-opening experience—especially when you thought you were the only one going through caregiving in your community...continued

Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

OCD in Elderly for Caregivers

By Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is defined in part by the Merck Manual as “anxiety provoking thoughts and urges.”  While the publication (a staple in the medical field for years) notes that symptoms are not often prominent in the elderly, caregivers may disagree...continued

Guest Column

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. Just to check, you tell the doctor your plans: you're off, together, to the Great Smoky Mountains for some hiking...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

Share your tip, advice resource or observation.

Sharing Wisdom


From Pam in Newport Coast, California
Take lots of pictures and, most important of all, record your loved one's voice on a good recorder. I took care of my mom for 13 years (Alzheimer's) and am still taking care of my 95-year-old father. I probably sacrificed more than I should. The hardest part of this journey is working through the guilt. Now that my mother is gone and Dad's time is ticking away, I do NOT regret one single moment of sacrifice. But, all too quickly, the sound of their voice fades away. I have a few recordings of my mother; wish I had more—especially of her laughter. My mother had a wicked giggle and on the saddest days, playing her giggle reminds me we shared some good times.


From Robin in MA
The best tip I learned to re-center myself is to breathe; I focus on my heart and say loving kindnesses to myself such as "May I have peace" or "May I be at ease." I work with caregivers as a therapist and I relay this information to them.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

 The Beck-and-Call-Giver

Feature Article

OCD in Elderly for Caregivers
Guest Column

Those Inexplicable Instructions!


Tips to Help Seniors and Caregivers Prepare for Surgery      
Sharing Wisdom



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