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From The Editor
Holmes for the Holiday
For those long distance caregivers who are
going home to visit your caregiving loved ones, may I be so bold as to
offer a few suggestions.
it would be a bit inappropriate to walk into your loved one’s home
with an old trench coat, large magnifying glass in hand and sporting a
Sherlock Holmes Deerstalker hat, nevertheless, my dear Watson, you are
on a case—the case I call “The Holiday Visit of the Caregiver
Detective.” (Cue organ crescendo.)
When there, you need to be inquisitive
without becoming an inquisitor, but you might want to take some time
to look around the home for safety issues including the following...read more
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Holiday, Gifts and Stress
By Jude Roberts, Staff Writer
Even if you’re not a caregiver, the threat
of the holidays being right around the corner strikes instant
fear, terror and major stress into the hearts of almost
everyone. However, there is hope for caregivers to enjoy the
holiday season and still make it a special time for their
loved one as well. The key is to pace yourself, as well as to
help your loved one do the same, so that neither of you will
feel completely drained, depressed or overwhelmed, especially
during such a special time of year. Here are some suggestions
that may help you both survive the holidays...read more
Special Needs Children Turning 18 Years Old
By Lori K. Murphy, Esq., Bean, Kinney & Korman, P.C.
A single mother of an adult child
visited me to prepare her estate plan. During
our first meeting, she shared that her 24-year-old
adult son lives at home and has a mental impairment.
He recently needed a new physician and my client
requested to direct his medical care. In response, the
new physician asked for her son’s medical power of
attorney. My client was thrown for a loop–she
had always directed his medical care and no one before
had asked for a power of attorney...read more
Coping with Depression: Signs You Might be in Trouble
When caregivers take on the responsibility
of caring for a loved one, we expect our lives to change. What
is unexpected, and often goes unnoticed, is the forfeiting of
our own well-being in order to become a primary caregiver.
Ask yourself the following questions. If you answer,
“Yes,” to any of them, you need assistance...read more
Share your tip, advice, resource or observation.
The Gift of Now
By: Ann Fowler
A hedge row stitches suede sky to prairie
I brake for a weathered truck and read the “eat beef”
My pulse slows as Public Radio plays Jesu, Joy
of Man’s Desiring.
‘Tis the season of joy and love, the
celebration of birth.
I study a cloud blowing across the sky
And feel the wind pushing my Intrepid;
the inevitability of
death is not in season.
The truck stops; turns left
I return the
farmer’s wave and feel the upturn of my mouth.
A smile. Joy.
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