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Thursday March 01, 2012 - Issue #578

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Last Call for Entries

I just want to remind everyone that there are only 16 more days (including today) to send in your entry for the Tenth Anniversary Caregiver Friendly Awards for 2012. So get a move on.  I look forward to sharing this year’s winners with all of you.

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...continued

Take Care

Gary Barg



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Feature Article

One Miraculous Organ

By Frances Maguire Paist, Staff Writer

Perhaps the well-known song expresses it best. “Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start. When you read, you begin with A-B-C, when you sing you begin with Do-Re-Mi.”...continued

Guest Column

Caregiving Across The Miles:
The Plus Side of Long Distance Caregiving
(Story of a Caregiver)

By Peg Crandall, MA, CPC

My work required frequent travel and my conscience bothered me because I could not spend more time with my best friend, June, while she battled a life-threatening disease...continued

Alzheimer's Channel


Diabetes: Treating Hypoglycemia


Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar or insulin shock) occurs when blood sugar level drops too low. If a person with diabetes takes too much insulin, exercises too much or eats too little food, hypoglycemia can develop...continued

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Sharing Wisdom

From Kelly from  Kansas City
One of the bigger issues affecting caregivers and their family members is dealing with incontinence. I hope most caregivers know how to properly fit an adult diaper, but I've seen more than one family member with someone in an ill-fitting product and then blamed the product for not being absorbent enough. Any decent adult diaper will not leak if it fits properly, appropriate changing notwithstanding. You need to take some time and properly measure the user’s hips and/or waist with a tape measure. No guessing because it will cost you time and money.

From Lainie in Ohio
My husband has dementia and is in assisted living. I suggest to those who are in this situation to seek help, get others involved, go to support groups, use adult day care and always take care of yourself. Eat good, rest and take breaks. Don't leave your loved one alone—they  become like babies. No common sense, either. Their judgments are off and they have no abstract thinking; they can't judge anymore what is right or wrong. Pray for them and mostly you! Do something nice for yourself. Get a manicure or pedicure or both. Treat yourself to something nice because caregiving is really a rough road. My husband accuses me of hitting him and says he can press charges. I just quietly said that he should stop lying and start loving. I'm seriously thinking about divorcing him because I can't stand the mental abuse and he has gotten physical with me, too. Dementia or not, I can't stand it!

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Last Call for Entries

Feature Article

One Miraculous Organ
Guest Column

Old Nuts


Diabetes: Treating Hypoglycemia
Sharing Wisdom


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