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Thursday November 01, 2012 - Issue #612

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Let’s Do the Time Shift Again

At yesterday’s special Halloween Fearless Caregiver Conference held in Port Saint Lucie (our 120th event), the only scary thing was how much wisdom and advice was shared by the family caregivers in attendance. And that’s a good scary. In particular, we spoke a lot about one of the most important things you need to have in your caregiver toolkit: how to navigate the holiday season as a family caregiver.  This is a topic near and dear to my heart and about which I’ve been talking to caregivers for many years in the fall season.  The truth is, each time I learn even more from the caregivers in the room. For instance, at yesterday’s event, we spoke of creating new traditions after a loved one takes ill or even after they pass...read more

Take Care

Gary Barg



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Featured Article

Palliative Care Offers Relief to Both Caregiver and Loved One

By Jude Roberts, Staff Writer

The word palliative means to “lessen the severity of without curing; to alleviate.” This type of care is considered to be a form of pain management, also referred to as supportive care, given throughout all stages of cancer or other life-threatening diseases. For example, a person who is receiving cancer treatment may experience nausea and vomiting as a side effect. Treating the symptoms of nausea and vomiting throughout chemo or radiation is considered to be palliative care, easing the symptoms and side effects, but not providing an actual cure for the disease...read more

Guest Column

Preserving Patient History

By Nora Triepke

Hearing the news that a loved one has been diagnosed with a terminal illness or realizing that they are nearing the end of their life develops a combination of fear and anger followed by an overall feeling of helplessness. Whether from a physical diagnosis such as cancer, a mental illness like Alzheimer’s, or merely the weakening of old age, loved ones will embark on a difficult journey filled by equal parts of love and grief...read more

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Keeping Well In Winter

Keep warm

  • Wear several thin layers of clothes rather than one thick layer
  • Choose clothes made with wool, cotton or fleecy materials
  • In the coldest weather, wear bed socks and a hat, as well as thermal nightwear...read more

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Sharing Wisdom

From Chona in Scotland, UK

The best thing in taking care of your loved ones is to have patience. No matter what condition he or she may be in, try to explain. If they cannot understand you,  use non-verbal communication, like body language. Always respect their rights, treat as an individual and always give them a choice, even though sometimes it is hard. Communication and understanding are key aspects of good caregiving.

From Margie in FL

Thank you for your article on Senior Scams.

My 93-year-old aunt in New Jersey fell for a phone scam. Thanks to the quick thinking of the Western Union agent, my aunt was saved.  My aunt received a call from someone claiming to be her grandson who was in a car accident in Mexico, ended up in jail and needed $3000 to be released.  Her first mistake was to say, “Is this you, Todd?” Of course after that, the caller identified himself as Todd.  He was very good at convincing her that she needed to wire him the money right away.  She didn’t even bother contacting her son to see if Todd was even in Mexico.  Scam artists are that good.  She went to Western Union and told the clerk that she needed $3000 to be wired and told her the story. The clerk said she would not issue the wire until my aunt called her son.  And sure enough, his son Todd was right with him, safe in the USA. My aunt is a very intelligent person, but is also very caring about her family. The scam artist, being very adept at his job, took advantage. 

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Let’s Do the Time Shift Again

Featured Article

Palliative Care Offers Relief to Both Caregiver and Loved One
Guest Column

Preserving Patient History


Keeping Well In Winter
Sharing Wisdom


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