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Thursday January 12, 2012 - Issue #572

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Tenth Anniversary
Caregiver Friendly Awards

 What do comfort seats, caregiving workbooks, caregiver friendly assist jackets, loving conversations and medication tracking systems all have in common? These are descriptions of some of our Caregiver Friendly Award winners from the past 10 years. They also represent thousands of hours of loving labor by their producers and manufactures, all working with one thought in common: “What can I do to help the life of the family caregiver become easier?”...continued

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Feature Article

Mobility and Exercise: No Excuses

Jennifer Wilson, Staff Writer

Whether you’re the caregiver for a loved one who has a mobility issue due to a stroke, or because of SCI (spinal chord injury), arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, or something else, or if you yourself have a mobility issue, the fact is, you still need to keep your weight at a healthy standard...continued

Guest Column

After Caregiving: Picking Up The Pieces

By Brenda Race

As a caregiver, we totally commit ourselves to caring for another person who no longer functions as they once did in the normal scheme of life. We move in with them or move them to us...continued



Practical Safety Tips for Avoiding Spinal Cord Injuries


Spinal Cord Injury Prevention Safety Tips

  • Always wear a seat belt.
  • Secure or buckle children into age- and weight-appropriate child safety seats...continued

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Sharing Wisdom


From Bobbi
My father has suffered several strokes.  The most recent was more severe than the prior six and has affected his other side and voice.  After several months of therapy, he  was released and told to continue the therapy on his own.
We have found that he doesn't remember to do the therapy without prompting.  The strokes have had a big impact on his memory.  My mother is overwhelmed and can't seem to handle this additional responsibility.  When I'm at their place, with minimal prompting, my dad will gladly stretch, sing, etc.  I see him slipping away slowly because he isn't getting this prompting daily like he needs.
One idea we are trying is a white board.  I bought a dry erase sleeve that we can put a checklist in.  Each morning, it will be his job to work on the list and check things off.  At the bottom, it says that he can't go to bed until all tasks are completed.  It includes his medication times and some generic instructions such as stretch, sing a song, tell somebody you love them.  I'm not sure how this will work, but it will only be one thing for Mom to remember each day.  She can point him to the list, then it's his responsibility from there.  With the sleeve, we will be able to change the list periodically to keep it fresh and updated.
Are there other ideas on how we can prompt him without adding additional stress and responsibility to my mother? 

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Tenth Anniversary Caregiver Friendly Awards

Feature Article

Mobility and Exercise: No Excuses
Guest Column

After Caregiving: Picking Up The Pieces


Practical Safety Tips for Avoiding Spinal Cord Injuries
Sharing Wisdom


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