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Thursday June 28, 2012 - Issue #595

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Supreme Conversations

Today, the Supreme Court is scheduled to make a much awaited announcement about an issue that affects us all. And no matter what your thoughts are about the topic of their announcement or even what you call it, if you or your loved ones have already benefitted from any element of it or if you don’t believe there is any benefit to it at all, there is one thing to be said about ObamaCare or the Affordable Care Act that we can all agree upon. It has gotten the nation talking about healthcare—at home, in offices and through the din of cable television chatter. And that is a good thing.  There is a lot of time to talk about how today’s ruling will affect you (or not), but the truth is that there is no time like the present for us as caregivers to make our own and our loved ones’ healthcare decisions...read more

Take Care

Gary Barg


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Featured Article

Can Rover Come Over?

By Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer

We all love our pets, and our attachment to them varies from one individual to another.  In cases of the infirm or elderly, the attachment to a pet may be much more intense.  Individuals with memory loss may not understand why they have to move to assisted living, or in with a relative, let alone any problems that might come with bringing Fido along...read more

Guest Column

Paid Aides—An Agency’s or Your Own?

By Alfred H. “Skip” DeGraff

There are at least two universal truths that apply to family caregivers. First, they are among the most caring, loving and generous people in today’s world. Second, sooner or later most realize that although their love and intentions to assist a family loved one are unlimited, their human stamina for providing that assistance has limitations...read more

Long-Term Care Channel


Nutrition Tips: Decreased Appetite

Offer high caloric drink foods such as ice cream, milk shakes, or eggnog. Offer familiar foods. Favorite foods can stimulate the appetite. Try making the main meal of the day at lunch when the appetite is larger. Sit directly in front of the person and show each spoonful to help them orient...read more

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Sharing Wisdom

From Stan in OK

My wife's doctor said he wanted me to have respite care two days a week. I am 73 and the caregiver for my 70-year-old wife who has Alzheimer's. I found a senior adult day center where I started sending my wife two days a week. As she has progressed with her Alzheimer's, I am now sending her four days a week. I never realized how stressed I was until I started sending her. Also, a portion of the fee is a tax deduction if you itemize.

From  Jaynee in AZ
I took care of my husband for 16 months until he died five years ago from brain cancer.  I only used hospice for eight days because I thought I could do it all. I am now a caregiver for a 92-year-old WWII veteran. He is such a blessing, crabby or not! The best advice I can give any caregiver is take care of yourself. Get a pedicure, have your hair washed, dyed, and cut, blow bubbles no matter how silly you think it is. You are special even if you are never thanked. You are a BLESSING!

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Supreme Conversations

Featured Article

Can Rover Come Over?
Guest Column

Paid Aides—An Agency’s or Your Own?


Nutrition Tips: Decreased Appetite
Sharing Wisdom


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