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Thursday July 19, 2012 - Issue #598

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Don’t Question the Questions

As we round the corner and enter the fall season of our 15th Fearless Caregiver Conference year (silly you, still living in the summer), the many conference rooms, banquet centers and convention centers in which we have held the events filter through my mind. The consistent themes that I see in my mind’s eye are, of course, the support, camaraderie and interactions between family caregivers. This solidarity that unites caregivers even extends to the celebrities who attend the events since they all share the common experience of family caregiving. But the overriding theme that I see which has held each and every event together is actually the value of asking questions—no question at all...read more

Take Care

Gary Barg


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Featured Article

A Medical Look at Dysphagia

By Valeri Thelen, Staff Writer

The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research estimates that more than 60,000 Americans die from complications associated with swallowing difficulties each year—more than liver and kidney disease, as well as HIV/ AIDS combined...read more

Guest Column

Clever Cooking in a Tough Economy
By Helen Hunter, ACSW, LSW, GCM

Families throughout the country are increasingly being challenged in finding creative solutions to eating healthy in spite of rising prices. The following are clever cooking strategies, which can assist today’s family in providing healthy daily meals without breaking the bank...read more

Long-Term Care Channel


Tips for Managing Incontinence with Frontotemporal Dementia
By Geri Hall, PhD, ARNP, GCNS-BC, FAAN

Always make sure the doctor does an evaluation to rule out infections, tumors, etc. for both urinary or bowel incontinence.

If the patient is still early in the disease, there are two frontotemporal dementia-specific issues...read more

Share your tip, advice, resource or observation.  

Sharing Wisdom

From Sandi in FL
My mother has Alzheimer’s and Parkinson's and, because of those issues, resides in a wheelchair.  I am her sole caregiver. She came to the Keys so I could oversee her care while she lived in a nursing home about a mile from my home. It has been quite the experience, with a lot of twists and turns. The first nursing home closed down and evicted everyone "just like that." Over 100 residents were split up, all were scattered to different places, some died as a result, and a few quickly got to travel together to yet another nursing home on short notice. My mother was one of those people. She had to move north to Homestead, over 100 miles round trip for me, while I worked 90 miles round trip in the other direction. It took me almost two years to "get her back" to the local facility by my home.
I learn something from my mother every day, even though she is now 87 and I am 62, just retired from teaching second grade. (She is a saint, a pleasant saint.) When I am not with her, I am forever dealing with paperwork issues, medical reports, meetings about her, billings, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, a vast array of roommate issues over the years, nurses, caregivers who, though nice, don't speak her language or mine. At this point, my mother hardly speaks at all and eye contact is something we have to work at as Parkinson's takes away your ability to show expression. She also has a tremor. It's hard to watch your own mother progress into more helplessness...read more

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Don’t Question the Questions

Featured Article

A Medical Look at Dysphagia
Guest Column

Clever Cooking in a Tough Economy


Tips for Managing Incontinence with Frontotemporal Dementia
Sharing Wisdom


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