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Thursday December 15, 2011 - Issue #568

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Granny Wisdom

My friend Rick’s grandmother passed away a few weeks ago at 94 years of age.  I wrote about her when her son (Rick’s dad) took ill a few years ago:

...unfortunately, Rick's dad needed a quadruple bypass, which the rural hospital near his parents' home was not equipped to perform. Within days, Rick and his mom were living in a small hotel room, more than 100 miles away from home, near the teaching hospital to which his dad had been transferred...continued

Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Long Distance Caring During the Holidays

By Emily Carton

It is not uncommon for families to be separated by great distances during the holidays. But what happens when one or both parents reach a stage in their lives where they appear to be frail and vulnerable?...continued

Guest Column

Ghost In The Family Room

By Diane Glass

People struggle in life and there are a wide range of problems one can be born with, self-inflict or adopt. Some are rare problems, some are extremely common. I have what I consider to be a problem that falls in the rare category...continued

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Vision Loss Tips
By Ryan Mackey

Up to 30 % of seniors’ today face partial vision loss at the hands of macular degeneration. The retina gradually declines with age in macular degeneration, and impairs the vision used to read and look into another person’s face...continued

Share your tip, advice resource or observation.

Sharing Wisdom


In response to Gary Barg’s article “The Key to Better Care” in the November 18, 2011 The Fearless Caregiver:

Great article, Gary.  We probably all have horror stories and it’s good to share ways to prevent abuse by caregivers.  My worst experiences were with caregivers hired from “reputable” caregiving agencies.  One was from an agency working with the local hospitals. At a surprise visit in the early morning, I found eight empty bottles of beer on the kitchen counter and the caregiver passed out on the couch.
Actions that I found helpful: 1)  Surprise visits at random times on random days. 2)  A security video camera that can be hidden in a plant or stuffed toy. 3)  If possible, take your loved one away from the home (or to a private area) to talk about what the caregiver is doing or not doing;  keep the conversation casual and not confrontational. People can be convinced (by the caregiver) that anything going wrong is their fault and our loved ones can be very intimidated by caregivers if they suggest repercussions or make threats. 4) Keep a journal of anything that looks or feels suspicious so you can discuss it. You may see something that doesn’t feel right and then have a distraction. It’s better to jot notes at the time than to try and recall what was occurring. If you need to dismiss a caregiver, the agency should be given feedback with accurate dates, times, and descriptions.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Granny Wisdom

Feature Article

Long Distance Caring During the Holidays
Guest Column

Ghost In The Family Room


Vision Loss Tips
Sharing Wisdom


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