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Thursday March 22, 2012 - Issue #581

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief

 

Spring has Sprung

Each year around this time since 2001, we start sharing your respite solutions in anticipation of our annual Summer of Respite campaign.

As we are one season away from our twelfth Summer of Respite, it occurs to me that respite is like exercise (even if all you do is sit in the yard reading a pot-boiler book). Respite resembles exercise in that the more you do, the better it works for you. So, I got to wondering, just how much are we exercising our respite muscles, anyway?

If you would take a moment to indulge me, the responses just may surprise us all, pleasantly or otherwise.

When did you last take time for yourself and what did you do?

Take Care

Gary Barg
Editor-in-Chief

gary@caregiver.com



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Feature Article

Understanding Overactive Bladder

By Cheryl Ellis Staff Writer

“When you gotta go, you gotta go” has been an age old saying.  These days, with our knowledge of medicine, we have...continued


Guest Column

Planning For the Future
with a Special Needs Child - Part 1
The Child’s Long-Term Needs

By Harry S. Margolis and Eric Prichard

As if the job of being a caregiver for a special needs child is...continued


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Caretips

Elimination of Adult Day Health Care Services and the Impact on Long-Term Care Planning

By Sara Polinsky, Esq. 

As an Elder Law Attorney, I often meet with families and caregivers to help them create a plan for the future care of a sick or ...continued

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Sharing Wisdom

From Therese in Los Angeles
 
Use the brown commercial paper towels to bathe a loved one after using the bathroom, especially after a bowel movement. These paper towels are much gentler and softer when wet than wash cloths. Soak the towels in soapy water in a plastic basin and keep a plastic trash bin nearby for discards.


 From Robin in Boise, Idaho
 
I am now the primary caregiver to our mother who has dementia. She has been living with my husband and me for four years. I attend a bi-monthly AD support group which helps me focus on the disease aspect and remember that certain behaviors are not intentional, to keep my perspective, and to give value to caregiving. Few, if any, are truly prepared to become full-time care providers. It is very challenging, time consuming, and requires commitment and courage to continue 24/7.  I've learned that self-care is something you must do, no matter how exhausted one becomes. It is not being selfish to make yourself a priority. If you are not in a good place, it is impossible to be an effective caregiver. It took me three years to really understand how critical it is to care and value myself and to assign value to the contribution I make on a daily basis. Many friends, family members and community have little regard for what a family caregiver lives through; they think that they have an idea, but few do, unless they have walked this path. Energy is a precious commodity in caregiving. I no longer spend my energies trying to explain this aspect to family and friends. I now give that energy to myself and I am better for it.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Spring has Sprung

Feature Article

Understanding Overactive Bladder
Guest Column

Planning For the Future with a Special Needs Child - Part 1

Caretips

Elimination of Adult Day Health Care Services and the Impact on Long-Term Care Planning
Sharing Wisdom

 


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