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Thursday August 02, 2012 - Issue #600

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Readin’, Ritin’ and ‘Rithmatic

There were so many lessons that I learned from the family caregivers in attendance at last week’s Boca Raton Fearless Caregiver Conference that I don’t even know where to start.

To be sure, we had a tremendous panel of experts as well as speakers on topics important to family caregivers, such as hearing health and mobility.  Yet, as usual, there was as much to learn from the audience as there was from the experts and the experts would be the first ones to tell you...read more

Take Care

Gary Barg



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Featured Article

The FDA's Role

By Jennifer Wilson, Staff Writer

How many times have you sought a prescription only to find it has not been FDA-approved and isn’t covered by your insurance? Who are the FDA and what do they do? A better understanding of the FDA will remove the mystery of this government agency...read more

Guest Column

Create Self-Care
By Learning How To Think Like A Soldier
By Joan Fay

During the ten years that I cared for my partner as she navigated the world of terminal lung cancer, I was often told by well-meaning people to take care of myself. After all, if I didn’t take care of myself, how would I have the energy to take care of anyone else? They dispensed advice like Pez candy, rattling off ways I could make life easier on myself: eat healthy meals, take long walks, meditate, take a bath or go shopping. They had no idea how impractical their suggestions were...read more

Long-Term Care Channel


Helping Children Understand Alzheimer's
By Michael Plontz

Your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  The first thing you want to do is find out all you can about the disease, and all about what you can do to take care of your loved one.  It’s a bitter pill to swallow, but, at least you’re an adult and you can understand what’s happening...read more

Share your tip, advice, resource or observation.  

Sharing Wisdom

From Kathleen in CO 

My mom has dementia and after some terrifying experiences on both our parts, I tried an idea to help her remember when she tells me to do something. For example, I have her write (when possible) “I told K to take my good jewelry to her safety deposit box.” I have her date it and sign it. I keep it in a notebook and when she panics about something missing, it really soothes her worry when she can read the entry and see it's in her writing.

From Dave in NH

The electronic pill reminder was a very useful tool when the medications for my sister’s pancreatic cancer became hard to manage as new ones were added and some discontinued. One of us caregivers could set up the medication for the day and anyone of us could simply dispense when alerted by the alarm. This relieved worry for many us.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Readin’, Ritin’ and ‘Rithmatic

Featured Article

The FDA's Role
Guest Column

Create Self-Care By Learning How To Think Like A Soldier


Helping Children Understand Alzheimer's
Sharing Wisdom


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