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Thursday March 15, 2012 - Issue #580

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Sara Smiles

Once again, as has been the case for the past three years, today I celebrate my birthday and grieve the phone call I will not receive.

“Beware the Ides of March,” as the saying goes. Although it may be true in my case, nothing could have been further from the truth for Sara Kaufman, also born on this date.  Sara was always filled with ideas, concepts and thoughts which spilled out of her so fast, you soon realized she was thinking faster than anyone could possibly talk. Sara became involved in whatever caught her attention, including politics.

Over the years, as she grew up and I grew old(er), one gift I could always look forward to on our shared birthday was her bright, cheerful mile-a-minute phone call. She never forgot over these many years, and I never took for granted the joy I felt when she called...continued

Take Care

Gary Barg



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Feature Article

Empty Refrigerators Could Equal Poor Health for Seniors

By Jennifer B. Buckley

If you are caring for an elderly loved-one, consider keeping their refrigerator well stocked to keep them healthy...continued

Guest Column

Making Prescription Refills Easier

By Sabrina Bullock, RN, BSN

Caregivers face many challenges including making sure medications are refilled and there are many things which can make this easier...continued

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Simple Tips from Registered Dietitians


During National Nutrition Month® and beyond, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) encourages everyone to include healthy foods...continued

Share your tip, advice, resource or observation.

Sharing Wisdom

From Nancy in Lexington, Kentucky
Opening blinds can help the homebound person know that there is sunshine in their life. If the care recipient can walk, take her outside for a short walk.

From Roy in Michigan
I was a caregiver for over nine years to my spouse who suffered from vascular dementia. Toward the last of her journey, she would have disruptive sleep habits. I found that by placing a clip on her nightgown and one on my clothing, attached with a string, was as effective as the buzzer devices used in nursing homes. Using alarm devices only causes the care receiver to panic.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Sara Smiles

Feature Article

Empty Refrigerators Could Equal Poor Health for Seniors
Guest Column

Making Prescription Refills Easier


Simple Tips from Registered Dietitians
Sharing Wisdom


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