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Thursday October 18, 2012 - Issue #610

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

A Cambridge Education

The Q&A session at the recent Cambridge, Ohio, Fearless Caregiver Conference started with a question from the audience that promised to be the only one addressed that day.  The caregiver spoke of her husband who had a stroke a few years ago and was living in a long-term care facility. He had recently stopped taking his medicine and, in fact, had also stopped eating anything in which medicine could be hidden, including applesauce, ice cream and potatoes.  He is non-responsive as to why he had decided to stop his medications, but his medication non-compliance is starting to affect his health.  She was rightfully concerned and wondered if our panel had any suggestions. 

She couldn’t have come to a better place. The panel consisted of an eldercare attorney, a geriatrician, a financial expert, an expert for the Area Agency on Aging and the administrator of the county senior center...read more

Take Care

Gary Barg


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Featured Article

Rural Caregiving

By Liza Berger, Staff Writer

Where to Turn for Help

Caregiving in rural America carries a unique set of challenges. Medical care and other health and social services are few and far between, and transportation is scarce.  Meanwhile, poverty and a lack of younger family members in these areas present still more impediments to securing necessary care for loved ones....read more

Guest Column

Convincing a Loved One to Go to a Nursing Home

By Marie Marley

Virtually no one wants to either live in a nursing home or place a loved one in such a facility. However, according to Linda Breytspraak, Center on Aging Studies, University of Missouri-Kansas City, “Today, people over the age of 65 have about a one-in-four chance of spending time in a nursing home.”

Most elderly people who have a clear and compelling need to be in a long-term care facility desperately want to remain in their own homes. They want to be in a familiar setting and be close to their family members...read more

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Let's Not Talk About That Now...
By Jennifer Kay

Too often families do not like to talk about issues surrounding death, dying and funerals. Why should they ask? Soon enough we all will have to deal with these issues. So what’s wrong with waiting till the need arises?

Just like you need to know about health insurance, life insurance, social security benefits and living wills, knowing about funeral arrangements and cemetery property helps you make the financial and emotional decisions you will be comfortable with in years to come...read more

Share your tip, advice, resource or observation.  

Sharing Wisdom

When Dad had a stroke, he had permanent brain damage. Sometimes visiting him in the nursing home meant watching him cry. He didn't understand why he had to stay there instead of being able to go home.

As a long-time therapist, it was different watching Dad cry and being unable to “fix it” compared with hearing a client talk about his or her grief concerning an unresolved issue. I did what I often tell my own clients to do. First, I checked medication levels because they can cause depression. Then, I tried to find another way to work with the situation. This could include letting your loved one cry.

If they understand what you are saying, ask, "What's one thing you remember that was a happy time?" If your loved one can't understand what you've said, simply hold him/her. This might mean that you cry, too. Stroke your loved one's hair or hand. Then, in a soothing voice, you might sing a favorite tune. This all has to be appropriate for the situation. When it's time to leave for the day, remind your loved one that you love him or her AND that your other family needs you, too.

Hope this is helpful. It was for my dad who lived 1200 miles away. I could only visit him for shortened times. Make the most of the opportunity to make a happy memory and improve the quality of your loved one's life whenever possible.

The best ideas and solutions for taking care of  your  loved one often come from other caregivers. Please post your ideas and insights and we will share them with your fellow caregivers.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

A Cambridge Education

Featured Article

Rural Caregiving
Guest Column

Convincing a Loved One to Go to a Nursing Home


Let's Not Talk About That Now...
Sharing Wisdom


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