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Thursday November 29, 2012 - Issue #616

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Loving Investigations

During these next few weeks, many of us will be traveling to visit family members for whom we care from a distance.  In a very short amount of time, we will need to make an informal assessment of our loved one's physical and mental health, as well as their living situation. 

Are they taking their medications? Are there unopened bills in the foyer?  Is there old food (or no food) in the refrigerator?  Are there hazards around the house that could lead to a fall? Many times, we will not get a positive response to our loving investigations simply because these family members do not want to see their situation change. They have lived in their home for many decades and do not want to take the next possible step toward assisted living care...read more

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Gary Barg
Editor-in-Chief

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Featured Article

Prescription Drug Programs for Caregivers

By Marie Santangelo, Staff Writer

As caregivers know, not all loved ones may qualify for Medicare or Medicaid. This puts some medications, especially newer ones, out of reach. Patients in need of help with drug costs need to look at a variety of sources. One surprising resource is the company that produces the medication.

Depending on the physician, you may find yourself waiting behind numbers of pharmacy reps in the office. It’s not such a bad thing when your doctor gives free samples of medications that may help do the trick...read more


Guest Column

What Every Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregiver Must Know
By Kim Warchol, OTR/L, DCCT

 

With over five million people in the US with Alzheimer’s/ dementia today and this number expected to grow exponentially every year, it is of vital importance to empower the family and professional caregivers with support and dementia care skills. Providing care that yields positive outcomes for both the person living with Alzheimer’s/dementia and the caregiver is very important and challenging. To help, I provide a few things every Alzheimer’s/dementia caregiver must know...read more


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Caretips

Bathing a Loved One
By Ryan Mackey

When a loved one loses the ability to bathe and maintain themselves, proper hygiene becomes especially important. Depending on the frailty of the individual, your level of involvement can range from offering minimal assistance to doing all tasks from washing to even toweling off. While every situation differs, there are a few recommendations that should help both you and the person feel as comfortable as possible, and allow for the bathing process to be as normal as possible...read more

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Sharing Wisdom

From Randall in MT

When I knew it was time for Susan to stop driving, I went to the driver’s license office and asked for a form a doctor could sign that would require Susan to re-take the written test. (I knew she could pass the driving test, but not the written test.) Susan has dementia. On the form, I checked the box that Susan should retake the written exam and mailed it to two physicians with a note asking them to sign and mail it to the State office. Susan got a letter in the mail from the Highway Patrol that said she could not drive anymore until she passed the written exam. I gave Susan the study book and we worked on it for several weeks. I created an imaginary deadline to take the exam. On that day, Susan looked at me and said, "Do I get to take the study book with me?" "No," I responded. Then Susan said, "If I cannot take the book, then I will never pass the test." I responded, "We still need to go to the office and give them your driver’s license and they will give it back to you any time you want to take the test. It is important to get an identification card." In Montana you can trade the driver’s license for the identification card without additional proof of identity. Susan still tells me how to drive!

From Jeffrey in CA

My wife has early onset Alzheimer's. She is only 50. My daughter and I had a discussion and we talked about intermittent confusion. My wife agreed and handed over her key. She was a little angry for a day or two. Three weeks later, we sold her car. She was bummed for a day.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Loving Investigations

Featured Article

Prescription Drug Programs for Caregivers
Guest Column

What Every Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregiver Must Know

Caretips

Bathing a Loved One
Sharing Wisdom

 


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