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Thursday November 22, 2012 - Issue #615

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Thanksgiving Theft Thwarting Tips

And now, a Thanksgiving message about something of great importance for all family caregivers...

As part of its 10th Annual Home for the Holidays campaign, the Eldercare Locator, a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging that is administered by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), is encouraging older adults, caregivers and their families to use their time together this holiday season to discuss and get informed about strategies to prevent financial exploitation."

Financial exploitation is a threat to the health, safety, dignity and independence of vulnerable older adults," said Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services...read more

Take Care

Gary Barg
Editor-in-Chief

gary@caregiver.com


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Featured Article

Linking the Past to the Present -
The Benefits of Reminiscing

By Kristine Dwyer, Staff Writer

Uncle Joe recalls the good old days when a Ford coupe was $500, gasoline cost 19 cents a gallon, a postage stamp was three cents, and penny candy was a treat. Grandma Millie tells stories about growing up on the farm and walking three miles to school every day. Alice fondly remembers the days of anticipation before boarding the paddle wheeler for an excursion on the Mississippi River. Everyone frequently reminisces and reviews life. Itís a natural part of peopleís lives and is essential to human existence...read more


Guest Column

A Caregiverís Memories:
How to Deal with Moving On
By Patricia St. Clair

 

It was during that period of time after the hungry feasters snaked through the line of platters, bowls and trays of assorted delights, but prior to the point when the reality of the quantity eaten exceeds the norm. Just a glance at the dessert table with enough confections to put even the most sedentary soul on a sugar high is incentive enough to linger in hopes that the consumed food would shift downwards and leave a gap for the addition of a dessert...read more


Fearless Caregiver Guides

Caretips

Soaring Through a Family Meeting
By Jean Wise

Bessí Alzheimerís disease has progressed to late stage. She lives with her husband, Don, in a small town. They have four adult children, three of whom live several hours away and one who lives across the country, who are anxious and unsure of what to do as their mother continues to decline. It is time for a family meeting, but where do they start?

A family meeting to discuss how to best handle a loved oneís declining health has the potential to build bridges or create divisions among family members. A guide, SOAR, offers points for family members to discuss and items to facilitate decisions...read more

Share your tip, advice, resource or observation.  


Sharing Wisdom

From Bettye in MS

I understand the emotional strains from the posts of adult children who are caregivers of a parent. Mother had a traumatic brain injury three years ago and has been bedridden since. She needs total care...has to be turned every two hours to prevent skin breakdowns. She is not able to communicate in a meaningful way and does not talk at all. Her care has been seemingly non-stop with chronic bladder infections, exhaustive attempts to get her care and endless conversations with the medical community to get her treated. It helps to hear others are overwhelmed, tired, frustrated, maybe feeling a little crazy. Sorry we are all going through this. I also have children at home who need me. I've learned so much on this journey. Quality hired help is hard to find. Take any sort of respite you can get. Take help from others if they offer it. Mostly, I've learned that people, while well-meaning, do not grasp the realities of my life. Unless you've experienced caregiving, it is impossible to understand how life changing it can be (in my opinion, of course). Sending all of you good wishes.

From Sheila in PA

Itís very important to take care of yourself as well as your spouse.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Thanksgiving Theft Thwarting Tips

Featured Article

Linking the Past to the Present - The Benefits of Reminiscing
Guest Column

A Caregiverís Memories: How to Deal with Moving On

Caretips

Soaring Through a Family Meeting
Sharing Wisdom

 


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