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Thursday January 10, 2013 - Issue #621

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief

A Love Letter to Grandparents

With our first Fearless Caregiver Conference of 2013 coming up in exactly three weeks,   I am very much looking forward to visiting with the caregivers who will be in attendance.  It is always an extra special joy, however, to share the day with the grandparent caregivers in the communities in which we hold the events. These folks always enliven each Fearless Caregiver Conference and I am honored by their attendance.

So many times, the causes for grandparent caregiving are attributed to what I call the Seven Ds—Death, Disease, Divorce, Disinterest, Depression, Dollars and Drugs.  These past years, in particular, have seen a marked rise in grandparents acting as parents across the board...read more

Take Care

Gary Barg


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Featured Article

The Surprising Extra Benefits of Exercise for Seniors

By Janet Crozier

We’ve all heard about the many benefits of exercise — a healthier heart, stronger bones, improved appearance and flexibility — but exercise has many additional benefits, especially for seniors.

“Many characteristics we associate with older age — like the inability to walk long distances, climb stairs, or carry groceries, are largely due to a lack of physical activity,” explains Dr. John Montgomery, a family physician, medical epidemiologist and vice-president of Senior Care Solutions with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida...read more

Guest Column

Just What The Doctor Ordered?
By Dr. Larry Tune


During these tough economic times everyone is looking for ways to save money and cut costs.  In my practice, more and more I see insurance companies and pharmacies attempting to reduce health care expenditures.  This is a noble cause – unless it negatively impacts patient health.  Using words like “generic alternative” and “therapeutic equivalent”, medications are being switched – and this could have unintended consequences our health care system...read more

CFA 2013 Call for Entries


Embarrassed About Incontinence? Don’t Be
By Michael Plontz, Staff Writer


One thing that most caregivers have in common is dealing with incontinence in their loved ones or themselves. There is still a stigma attached to this ailment, but the only way to combat this misconception is to learn more about it, bring it out into the open and discuss it...read more

Share your tip, advice, resource or observation.  

Sharing Wisdom

From Pamela

Here’s a tip to caregivers to help keep their family member/client safe in the bathtub/shower.  Have them put on swim shoes before getting in to bathe.  I did this because of a slippery tub and I feel so much safer!

Granted, the feet must be washed later in another way, but it's worth the safety and I think could save lives.

From Sharon in New Jersey

My resolution has continued through all the years I have been the sole caregiver for my mom who has Alzheimer's. I resolve to continue to walk step-by-step by her side through this scary trip. I resolve to make the best decisions I can for her and to make sure the funds she worked so hard to accumulate would be used in the best way possible for her care. I resolve to still love my siblings even though their involvement with our mom's care has been very limited. I resolve to lay my head down on my pillow at night and know I have done as much as I can for my mom. And lastly, I resolve to continue these resolutions for as long as I need them.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

A Love Letter to Grandparents

Featured Article

The Surprising Extra Benefits of Exercise for Seniors
Guest Column

Just What The Doctor Ordered?


Embarrassed About Incontinence? Don’t Be
Sharing Wisdom


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