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Thursday January 19, 2012 - Issue #572

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Vegas, Baby

 Last year, I started the year off by floating around the Caribbean with 40 or so of my favorite people – family caregivers.  We were on a cruise hosted by the good folks at Caregiver Cruises (in fact, I think they are once again on the high seas as I write this). I jumped off the ship as it docked in Mexico, two days before returning to Miami, so I could fly to Las Vegas and speak at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on partnering with family caregivers, a favorite subject of mine...continued

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Gary Barg



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Feature Article

The Caregiver as Employer

By Jude Roberts, Staff Writer

When hiring a professional in-home caregiver, there are a couple of ways in which they can be selected, either from an agency which specializes in screening and placing professional caregivers, or by doing the research, interviewing, screening, and hiring all on your own...continued

Guest Column

My Mother Doesn’t Listen To Me!
The New Role Of Eldercare Mediation

By Doris Haas, RN, CCM, CMC

As a geriatric care manager, I am considered an expert in issues relating to the elderly.  However, where my mother is concerned, I am just a daughter who cares.  She often takes the advice of friends and even strangers over mine...continued



Getting to the Bottom of Bed-Wetting

By Michael Plontz

Consistently wetting the bed--beyond the age deemed reasonable by society--can be a traumatic experience for a child who doesn’t understand why. Did you know that most children who experience enuresis (the clinical term for bed-wetting) have at least one parent who had the same problem?...continued

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From Rubetta in Oklahoma
We were at the hospital and my husband had a heart attack ...on dialysis, enlarged heart, several hard things we had to deal with. The doctor asked about a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate order). My husband was never ready to complete one nor talk about one. Two of our daughters had their views and each was different.  My husband heard their comments and then told the doctor what he wanted. As soon as we got home, he got his hospice family to come and he wrote his wishes.  It was hard for us, but a blessing that it was his wishes and not our decision to make. No daughter/son/wife is ready to say let them go without a long drawn out illness. Even then, it is very hard! Thank God for DNRs and  folks that push us to get them completed.
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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Vegas, Baby

Feature Article

The Caregiver as Employer
Guest Column

My Mother Doesn't Listen To Me! The New Role of Eldercare Mediation


Getting to the Bottom of Bed-Wetting
Sharing Wisdom


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