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Thursday May 31, 2012 - Issue #591

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Hard to Swallow

There are so many life altering firsts when it comes to caring for our loved ones:  the first recognition that something is wrong, the first medical diagnosis, and the first time that roles change in your relationships. One of the most dramatic firsts when my mom was caring for my grandfather was the first time we heard the word dysphagia (simply put, the difficulty or inability to swallow). 

Gramp was living with the latter stages of dementia when his symptoms occurred...read more

Take Care

Gary Barg


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Featured Article

Facing A Storm

By Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer

In most parts of the country, the long-anticipated summer days also mean the coming of the much-dreaded storm season...read more

Guest Column

The Caregivers' Role in Rehabilitation

By Sean Kenny

The ever expanding role of caregivers has grown by leaps and bounds in the last few years. Primary caregivers have always been extensions of their medical facility based counterparts...read more

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When Summer Begins, Outside Workouts Donít Have to End
By Jennifer B. Buckley

You have been loyal to your outdoor exercise program for months; walking, even when your muscles ached or biking, even when your arthritis acted up...read more

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Sharing Wisdom

From  Janet in Florida 

I'm caring for my husband who is on a lot of medication for Parkinsonís. We couldn't always remember if certain doses were taken. Now we have two separate e-pill boxes that ring or vibrate to remind us it is time for medication. I also created a check-off sheet on the computer and printed it out for him to check off when he takes the medication. Works very well. When there are changes, it is easy to make the them on the computer.

From Susan in Tennessee

Mom, 83, has COPD, diabetes and dementia. She also has difficulty eating. False teeth that fit poorly are part of the problem. She has a good appetite, but doesn't seem to realize she can't take big bites. I cut her food, encourage water sipping (through a straw helps), and remind her to chew thoroughly. I couldn't say if thin or thick liquids make a difference. She also can choke on her own saliva. I am truly grateful that she can still feed herself and enjoys every meal, whether she chokes or not. Thanks to all who have commented; it always helps me.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Hard to Swallow

Featured Article

Facing A Storm
Guest Column

The Caregivers' Role in Rehabilitation


When Summer Begins, Outside Workouts Donít Have to End
Sharing Wisdom


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May/jun 2012

Does your loved one deal with dysphagia (difficulty swallowing?) What are the biggest issues? Have you found any solutions that work for you?

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Educate yourself & other caregivers on any medication given to a loved one. The internet is wonderful to help you...continued

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