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Thursday June 21, 2012 - Issue #594

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Preventing Senior Accidental Overdoses

A growing concern for family caregivers is the possibility of a loved one’s accidental overdose. This is an issue I hear about with alarming frequency as we travel the country on our Fearless Caregiver Conference tour. If nothing else, the statistics bear out the potential for danger to our loved ones.

Older women consume 60 percent of all prescription and over-the-counter medications. The number of prescriptions written for older adults averages 18.5 per person per year, and 83 percent of people over 65 are taking prescription medications...read more

Take Care

Gary Barg


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Featured Article

Senior Fraud

By Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer

The Federal Bureau of Investigation says that seniors are attractive to con artists, based on their trusting instincts and also retirement nest eggs saved for many decades for their golden years. The number one cause for senior fraud is financial. Billions of dollars are lost every year to this type of crime...read more

Guest Column

Traveling With a Person Who Has Alzheimer’s

By Joyce Simard

Being a caregiver doesn’t mean you have to give up life’s pleasures. You can still enjoy traveling with someone who is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease; it simply requires planning well in advance. Safety should be the number one consideration in traveling with a person with Alzheimer’s...read more

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Respite Tips

from Caregiver.com

"I planned with my sister for her to watch my husband on her day off and I treated myself to a day treatment at a local spa. It was much more cost effective than a nervous breakdown!”...read more

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Sharing Wisdom

From Judy

I have been receiving the Caregiver Newsletter since a few years after my son (at 29) broke his neck in a swimming accident. It was a c-5,6 injury. He came to live with me eight months after the accident when his wife said she wouldn’t care for him anymore. I added an addition to my home so he could have his own den, friends over, and not be “living with his mother.” After 12 years, he passed away a year ago.
I want to thank you for the stories from other caregivers. They let me know that so many of my feelings were valid. Sometimes it would seem “just too much.” Of course, nothing else was an option for me. He was my son. I loved him, and would have cared for him as long as I was physically and mentally able.
He is gone, but I still hear him thanking me for taking care of him. He was not a burden. He was there for me as well and taught me patience and forgiveness.
The information I received helped and I still read it.

From Darlene in NY 

My mom has dementia and my husband was diagnosed a few years back with prostate cancer. I classify myself as a dual caregiver who responds to very different situations. In addition, I have full-time employment and a business as a Holistic Certified Health Coach committed to working with caregivers. Over the years, I've learned that some things you cannot control. Therefore, direct your energy inwardly and build your strength to handle the many challenges that go along with your responsibilities.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Preventing Senior Accidental Overdoses

Featured Article

Senior Fraud
Guest Column

Traveling With a Person Who Has Alzheimer’s


Respite Tips
Sharing Wisdom


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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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