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Fearless Caregiver Newsletter
 Tuesday November 27, 2012 - Issue #114

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn 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 Alzheimer’s caregivers?

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

Take Care

Gary Barg

Meals to Heal

Feature Article

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 wishes...read more

Holiday Fearless Caregiver Guides

Guest Column

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 more

CFA 2013 Call for Entries


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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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with Dr. Ruth

Feature Article
Caring For An Elder From Far Away: Geriatric Care Managers

Guest Column
A Terminal Diagnosis Does Not Terminate Living

Alzheimer’s Disease, the Most Common Form of Dementia, is One of Many


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