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Thursday February 23, 2012 - Issue #577

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Stronger Together

My friend Elaine is one of the first people I met when walking around town talking about an idea to create a magazine for family caregivers, way back in the last century. She was passionately relentless in her support of what we were doing, even during those times when I wasn’t so sure it would get off the ground. She is also a real caregiver advocate and has been volunteering as a support group leader since she retired a few years ago. (Elaine does more in retirement than most people do during their working careers!)...continued

Take Care

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Feature Article

On The Move

By Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer

For a caregiver, one of the most anxiety-causing side effects of dementia is wandering. With this diagnosis, caregivers come to expect severe memory loss and confusion as to time and place, but usually...continued

Guest Column

Old Nuts

By Arthur N. Gottlieb, LCSW, CSA

Earlier today I cleaned out the kitchen cupboard and discarded all the stuff I wasn’t sure about anymore. It was comforting work for a cold mid-winter day in New England...continued

Alzheimer's Channel


Alzheimer's: Making The Home Safe

By Peter Ganther

As a caregiver faced with caring for a person with Alzheimer’s, we are concerned for our loved one’s safety above all else. The following tips will help you outfit your home or your loved one’s home for better safety...continued

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Sharing Wisdom

From Christina in New Hampshire
Really wishing this site had been available when my dad was alive; he had Parkinson’s. My tip to those who are caregivers is to try and remember that it is okay to get angry. If you keep frustration pent up, it will explode. That is much worse than just punching a pillow, say. I punched many over the years and it helps so much. Now I am taking care of my 85-year-old mom with some comprehension issues and I am using this technique again. Hope this helps. Stay strong; it is all worth the effort.

From Miguel in Miami, FL
I am taking care of my wife of 50 years. In 2004, she was diagnosed with early Alzheimer’s. Today, she is in her own world; can't walk and requires help 24 hours a day. I'm still in love with her, or at least with the memories of the things we shared together. Putting aside the work, dedication and expense, it has been a very rewarding part of my own life. I think that the time and effort given to her will revert to me, making me a more complete person, happy that I was able to help the person I love most and satisfied that I have accomplished something wonderful. Hope God will forget the times that I have thrown the toilet paper at the ceiling in desperation or lost my temper. I think He will understand. God bless all of you who are giving part of your lives to others.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Stronger Together

Feature Article

On the Move
Guest Column

Old Nuts


Alzheimer's: Making The Home Safe
Sharing Wisdom


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