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Thursday February 02, 2012 - Issue #574

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

More Words on Words

Who could imagine before the mid-nineties that the word “SPAM” could conjure up clogged email in-boxes as opposed to a breakfast meat delicacy in the Philippines?  (I love the Spam Jam Café in Makati City’s Greenbelt Mall.)  Or that WRITING IN ALL CAPS would be considered RUDE?  Or even that “friend” would become a verb as in “to friend” a person on Facebook?

I believe that we are in the same place with family caregiving that the Internet was in not so long ago—in need of language rules.   And seeing your responses to last week’s newsletter, many of you feel the same way...continued

Take Care

Gary Barg



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Feature Article

Cholesterol Treatment in the Elderly

By Kristine Dwyer

The risks associated with high cholesterol have been well-documented, yet compliance with treatment schedules is still low. In fact, more than 50 percent of Americans have high cholesterol, yet only one in five people are actively treating it through diet, exercise or even medication...continued

Guest Column

The Art of Compassionate Communication for Elder Caregivers

By Jill Sarah Moscowitz

Active Listening. Listening is truly an art. It is a skill that can be acquired. One way to practice this skill is through active listening. Active listening is a technique in which the person listening re-states his or her understanding of what the speaker has said, before introducing their response to what has been said...continued



Charting Your Course With Parkinson's Disease Care

By Kristine Dwyer

Caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s disease at home can be like sailing a ship through uncharted waters. Currents, wind shifts and changing weather patterns all influence the ship’s course on a daily basis...continued

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From Doreen in PA
From my personal experience of five years of caring for my 92-year-old mother-in-law and dealing with an unreasonable sister-in-law who feels that she has a say but refuses to assist in her mother’s care or any expense that may occur, I recommend that you get advice from an elder law attorney and set up guidelines before taking in your loved one.  We did this a few years in for peace of mind and to better understand Medicare and Medicaid. Now, if family members have problems with how we care for their mom, we tell them to call our lawyer.
My husband had to stop working two years ago to be home with his mother as she needs 24-hour care and the family doesn't want her in a nursing home. Respite care is expensive and we hire help just to get out for dinner. Non-caregivers don't understand what we all give up during this time or the expense over and above what the person has. Be smart and get advice at the start to prevent stress on top of what we all face daily.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

More Words on Words

Feature Article

Cholesterol Treatment in the Elderly
Guest Column

The Art of Compassionate Communication for Elder Caregivers


Charting Your Course With Parkinson's Disease Care
Sharing Wisdom


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