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Thursday September 20, 2012 - Issue #606

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Malinformation Deflation:
Hospice Care

One of the things I love the most about the Fearless Caregiver Conferences is we can help overcome malinformation regarding vitally important concepts about which caregivers must know.

Malinformation occurs when what you think you know about a subject is not only wrong, but also greatly distorted in a negative way.  And hospice care is unfortunately high on the list of concepts that suffer from the effects of malinformation...read more

Take Care

Gary Barg


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Featured Article

Where Mobility Needs Meet Technology

By Sandra Fusion, Staff Writer

There are approximately 43 million Americans who experience some form of disability. Many are able to function without adaptive or assistive devices. For those who experience mobility issues, technological advances may be a key to helping them achieve a level of independence not previously available...read more

Guest Column

I Am a SNACCER: Special Needs Adult Child Caregiver

By Valerie Herskowitz, MA CCC-SLP


As the autism epidemic climbs to an all-time high of one out of every 88 individuals, a new breed of parent will emerge as the years fly by. The next decade will become known as the age of the parent caregiver. Presently, we are just on the tip of the iceberg...read more

Long-Term Care Channel


Protecting Seniors From Work-at-home Schemes
By Janet Crozier

“Work minutes a day at home and earn enough to pay all of your bills.” 
“Work part-time in your own home and make $500 to $1,000 your first month! It couldn’t be any easier!”

Con artists pitching work-at-home schemes rake in over $400 billion dollars a year by exploiting people, especially seniors on fixed incomes...read more

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Sharing Wisdom

From Cecelia in New York

Many times when a client (or loved one) mistreats the caregiver, it is simply because that caregiver may be the closest, perhaps the only, one to whom they can relate momentarily, or even on an ongoing basis. Often the intention is not to be mean, but simply a way of expressing the deep-seated confusion, frustration and a host of other feelings that need to be expressed, but cannot be released appropriately. You may observe a distinct difference in personality in one living with dementia and other disorders. One should not expect the behavior to be the same as usual if the brain function is impaired, since this has a serious impact on behavior. 

It might be helpful to remember the person's personality prior to the illness. Impaired function may cause "bad" behaviors that should not be viewed as personal attacks. Consequently, the caregiver's attitude should be one that calms rather than retaliates. This might require a thoughtful approach rather than a "knee jerk" reaction to the behavior. Nevertheless, "badly" is a relative term with varying degrees of intensity. It may be addressed with a simple smile, soft words and a loving attitude, or may require medication to treat the problems. A careful evaluation by a medical professional is important, but equally as important is the caregiver's understanding that the client is experiencing any number of conflicting issues, and cannot always control the resulting behavior. In cases where the client's cognitive function is intact but exhibits "bad" behaviors, it may be that they feel like their life is dominated by someone else. Always suggest and seek approval before initiating a task. If there is confrontation, you can calmly express your disapproval and counteract that with kind words and thoughtful actions that would help quench the desire to be mean. I use singing, and sometimes get them to sing along. It sure does change the mood.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Malinformation Deflation: Hospice Care

Featured Article

Where Mobility Needs Meet Technology
Guest Column

I Am a SNACCER: Special Needs Adult Child Caregiver


Protecting Seniors From Work-at-home Schemes
Sharing Wisdom


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