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Thursday August 23, 2012 - Issue #603

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Gone Phishin' Too


(fish´ing) (n.)

The act of sending an e-mail to a user, falsely claiming to be an established legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft.

Recently, someone close to me (who shall remain nameless) called to let me know that she (oops, guess that was a clue) was scammed by an organization purporting to be AOL. The saving grace is that she (oops, again) realized what was happening when they asked for her credit card information...read more

Take Care

Gary Barg



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Featured Article

Ovarian Cancer: Helping Caregivers Communicate and Cope

By Sandra Ray, Staff Writer

Teresa Combs, mother of three, lives in Granbury, TX and is an ovarian cancer survivor. She was 23 years old when first diagnosed with the disease. When questioned about her experience, she said, “I wish my caregivers had been more educated. I also wish I had been more educated about ovarian cancer. There are so many things we know now that weren’t available when I had cancer.”...read more

Guest Column

Joint Efforts-Exercise and Arthritis:
What Caregivers Need to Know

By Sean M. Kenny


Exercise is beneficial to most of us, but exercise is especially vital to patients who have arthritis. Over 40 million Americans (1 in 7) have arthritis. Chances are good that you or your loved one may develop arthritis in the future. Let's explore the role of exercise with regards to caring for the arthritic population...read more

Long-Term Care Channel


What to Look for in a Nursing Home

Use the following checklist to assist you in assess nursing homes. If possible, both the caregiver and care recipient should be involved in the decision making process. The more an older person participates in the planning process, the easier it will be to adjust to the new environment...read more

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Sharing Wisdom

From Lisa in PA

It's typical for the elderly to be dismayed at their new “lot” in life. They have been independent for years; now they feel helpless. I hear comments such as, “I can do it myself!” or “I think YOU are the one that needs a hearing aid.” I don't take such comments personally anymore. I used to, until I put myself in their place. So often behind those comments lies frustration and other feelings. Eventually, the truth will come out. Oftentimes, I receive thanks for the help I provide.

From Julie in TN

Our loved one ate constantly. She is diabetic and very overweight. We needed to control her diet, but couldn't watch the refrigerator constantly. We finally put a bike lock through the door handles and didn’t tell her the combination. Problem solved. She gets three hearty meals a day and snacks between. It works for us.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Gone Phishin' Too

Featured Article

Ovarian Cancer: Helping Caregivers Communicate and Cope
Guest Column

Joint Efforts-Exercise and Arthritis: What Caregivers Need to Know


What to Look for in a Nursing Home
Sharing Wisdom


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