is president of the board of the
Rosalynn Carter Institute for Human
Development, which was established
in her honor in 1987 and is
presently celebrating its 25th
anniversary. The institute’s mission
includes promoting the mental health
and well-being of individuals,
families, and professional
caregivers; promulgating effective
caregiving practices; building
public awareness of caregiving
needs; and advancing public and
social policies that enhance caring
Gary Barg: Congratulations
on the 25th Anniversary of the
Rosalynn Carter Institute.
Carter: Yes, it’s exciting.
Gary Barg: It’s
a milestone, especially in
caregiving. When we started in the
mid nineties, you were one of the
few lights out there talking about
the caregivers and their needs.
Carter: I think we were one of
the very first. When we started, we
had the idea and then I called a lot
of organizations, 36 or 37, like the
American Cancer Society, Lung
Association—the different diseases;
but also the American Nurses
Association, American Medical
Association and other professionals.
Nobody was working on it, but they
all said we needed it...read more
A Healthy Appetite at Any Age
By Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer
The average person has a
difficult time turning down a bowl of their favorite
ice cream, unless under the influence of a serious
flu bug. Even then, it’s usually not a hard sell! A
loss of appetite, however, is very common in the
senior citizen community. Caregivers must be aware
of their loved one’s eating habits to ensure
nutritional requirements are being met. Just as we
can’t imagine passing up that bowl of sweet dessert,
your loved one can’t afford to miss the most basic
of meals...read more
Coping With Depression
By Janet Crozier
Seniors around the country
flock to Florida for its nonstop sunshine and laid-back
lifestyle, its lack of a state income tax and absence of
snow. Florida has the highest percentage of residents
age 65 and older - 17.6 percent - of any state.
But for all of the sunshine’s
purported benefits on improving mood, depression and
suicide among Florida’s senior population are a major
health care concern....read more
7 Essential Do’s and Don’ts for People Caring for Caregivers
By Lisa Lopez
One year ago, my father
was diagnosed with Wernicke–Korsakoff syndrome, a
form of dementia resulting from chronic alcohol
abuse. My dad, who worked hard his entire life,
raised a family and built a strong reputation in his
community, spent the last 10 years of his life
succumbing to this terrible disease that befalls so
I am looking for help for my son.
His wife was diagnosed with brain cancer at 29 and given six
months to live seven years ago. She is paralyzed on the left
side, and has some brain damage from the surgeries and
treatment. She has to be dressed, taken to the bathroom and
needs help in all areas. She cannot be left alone.
They live in Michigan and he is well known for his devotion
to her. Too complicate this more, my son works out of state.
He flies out on Sunday and back on Friday. He pays for day
care Monday to Friday and gives the night person free room
and board because he can't afford to pay for 24-hour care.
He is alone with her on the weekends with no help.
I live out of state and saw them last week. His health
is under attack; he has high blood pressure, is gaining
weight and he is depressed. I know he sees no end in sight
and as much as he loves her, he has no life. His wife is
physically and mentally demanding; of course the financial
demands on him are huge.
All of the extended family
and friends' help has gone into taking care of her; but if
something happens to him, I don't know what will happen to
Are there any agencies or foundations for
situations like this? I am very worried about him; the years
have taken their toll. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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