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From The Editor
An Interview with Dr. Ruth
Gary Barg: I’m
very happy that we get a chance to
talk about your book, Dr. Ruth’s
Guide for Alzheimer’s Caregivers.
I knew I was going to like it when I
started reading and the first
chapter is titled, “How to Help
Yourself.” Why do you think that’s
specifically important for
Dr. Ruth: I’ll
tell you why – because it’s not like
when somebody has an operation.
There’s a hospital stay, then
there’s recovery, and then people
can go on with their life. That’s
not the case here because this is
such a horrible disease. And it’s
such a hopeless disease. So I
decided I know how to do training of
professionals from my years at
Planned Parenthood and I said that’s
what I have to use right now. Just
to tell people that they must –
without feeling bad and without
feeling guilty – they must do
something for themselves.
Gary Barg: There’s
a lovely segment in the book. You
talk about scheduling happiness. How
do we do that?...read more
Caring For An Elder From Far Away:
Geriatric Care Managers
By Terry Weaver, M.P.S., A.C.C.
As an adult, balancing work and
elder care can be a challenge whether your parent
lives next door or out of state. Add children to
this, and the situation becomes compounded. Legal,
financial and long-term planning for elder care is
crucial, and long distance caregivers need to
prepare for travel and time off from work. Face the
facts, most older adults want to stay right where
they are. They do not want to relocate, even if it
means being closer to family. If this is what the
elder wishes, as the child, you must respect their
A Terminal Diagnosis Does Not Terminate Living
Tips for Injecting Living into Dying
By Linda Campanella
When my father began our phone
conversation with the words, "Are you sitting down?" I
knew the news to follow would not be good; but I never
in my wildest dreams imagined he would tell me my
73-year-old mother was terminally ill with metastatic
lung cancer. I had not even begun to prepare myself for
the day I would lose either one of my parents. A lucky
gene pool had caused me to believe confidently that both
would live well into their nineties. No such luck...read more
Alzheimer’s Disease, the Most Common Form of Dementia, is One of Many
By Janie Rosman
My neighbor was taking one of his thrice-daily strolls with his caregiver, Celia, the other day when he stopped in front of a tissue discarded on the hallway floor. Moving to pick it up, he was stopped by Celia. “He likes to pick things up off the floor whether they belong to him or not,” she told me.
I smiled empathetically as she gently put his hand back on the walker’s handle. “He wants his own way all the time; and if he doesn’t get it, he gets angry,” she said...read
Could you please get some
information out about buying an "open-the-door, walk in, sit
down, close-the-door and start the warm water bathtubs"?
We built a house with my 94-year-young
mom-in-law in mind about five years ago. We thought this
sort of bathtub would be a great thing. It was terrible! Mom
had to wait while the warm water came in (about 6-7 minutes)
while she was shivering, even though we had the thermostat
up high just for her and the bathroom wall heater on, too.
THEN, the WORST part: after she washed and rinsed
herself, she had to wait for the water to empty completely
before she could open the door to get out.
I think things have improved a bit, but
no company will address these problems with me so that I can
share them with my support group. Please see if you can find
out some information on this costly item!
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