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Thursday July 12, 2012 - Issue #597

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Rocky Mountain High

I just got off the plane from Denver this morning and I’m still experiencing a “Rocky Mountain high.” No, not from the altitude – though experiencing the mile high altitude of Denver is a bit different than below sea level, where I live. But, I attribute my windedness to my need for exercise more than anything else. Denver is quite an outstanding place to visit, but the high I am experiencing is more about the reason I was in town than anything else.

I was attending the 37th annual N4A (National Association of Area Agency on Aging) conference along with the 6th annual Caregiver Coalition conference at the Colorado Convention Center. Both events were outstanding due to the level of speakers (always a pleasure to hear from HHS Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee) and the quality of events. Thanks to Sandy Markwood and her staff at N4A as well as Secretary Brian Duke and Gail Hunt, two of the most dedicated care leaders I’ve met over the past 17 years, for their work promoting caregiver coalitions...read more

Take Care

Gary Barg



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Featured Article

Playing Detective

By Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer

The second-most common type of infection, a urinary tract infection (UTI), is responsible for approximately 8.3 million doctor visits each year, says the National Center for Health Statistics. A healthy number of those visits are from seniors and also repeat patients...read more

Guest Column

Laughter is the Best Medicine
By Helen Hunter, ACSW, LSW

When was the last time you had a really good laugh? 

The scientific definition of laughing is a “successive, rhythmic, spasmodic expiration with open glottis and vibration of the vocal cords, often accompanied by baring of the teeth and facial expression”...read more

Long-Term Care Channel


Assisted Living Communities Checklist

Please use the following checklist to assist you in comparing assisted living communities. Ideally, both caregiver and care recipient will be involved in the selection process. It will make the adjustment to a new environment easier, and help your loved one continue to be part of the planning process...read more

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Sharing Wisdom

From MJ in Texas
Hello fellow caregivers. I have been caring for my husband since 2007. He has dementia, stroke and prostate cancer.  I stubbornly refused to get help and thought I could do it on my own at home.  Then I had two falls and had to slow down. My family doctor, family counselor and orthopedist told me, "It is going to get harder, so take a respite for you, refresh, regroup and think over new solutions and choices." I spent 48 hours in a local retreat house. One family member cared for my husband during the day and we had a paid worker at night.  I called my husband daily and had left a blackboard with my location, so he knew we were connected and only a few miles apart. He handled it all well with such kind, efficient care.
When we went back to our normal schedules, I asked many people about care referrals and my daughter offered time, so now I have two afternoons to handle my own medical visits, monthly Alzheimer’s group and time for myself.   Most importantly, my doctor recommended palliative care/hospice because my husband wants to remain home and I want to care for him.  We have loving, efficient care as p.c. is really "comfort care."  All of it is now covered by Medicare. We now have an RN, chaplain, social worker, shower aide and a volunteer for a few hours weekly. It has been such a blessing and a comfort to have a new community of caregivers at home. Please consider this as one other way to be your loved one's caregiver.
I will always remember I did the best I could; not perfectly, but with love and compassion and kind assistance. My husband is 85 and I am 78, so you see we are in the upper regions of life. Blessings to all.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Rocky Mountain High

Featured Article

Playing Detective
Guest Column

Laughter is the Best Medicine


Assisted Living Communities Checklist
Sharing Wisdom


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