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Thursday January 24, 2013 - Issue #623

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief

Ask Gary

Hi Gary,

I so appreciate the work you do.  My husband has just been diagnosed with multiple myeloma.  When I read that your father suffered from the same disease, I thought you might have some words of counsel and advice for us.  I’d appreciate anything you have to share.

Many thanks,

L.M...read more

Take Care

Gary Barg
Editor-in-Chief

gary@caregiver.com


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Featured Article

Telehealth Moves from the Doctor's Office to the Home

By Sandra Ray, Staff Writer

When many rural communities in the 1990s began to look for options to provide medical care to their area without a physician in residence, telehealth options surfaced and flourished. Patients could visit an office once or twice a week, have a traveling nurse take vitals, and then speak to a physician through a video relay service. For those areas who before had no health care, the programs provided much-needed access to individuals who otherwise may have gone without...read more


Guest Column

Don’t Be a Joe or Helen!
By Susan Piette, JD

 

Consider Joe and Helen. They met just after he was discharged from the Army. They married, raised two boys and a girl, worked hard their entire lives, retired with a nice nest egg of funds and looked forward to time with their daughter’s children, who they loved deeply and lived a few hours away. Their first son lived out of state, had a well-paying job and was married with no children, but separated from his wife whom Helen was never very fond of. Their second son had never quite “launched,” was not married, had a hard time holding a job and was currently on governmental low-income assistance....read more


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Caretips

Staying Dry At School
By Jude Roberts, Staff Writer

 

When children begin going to school, most people assume that they will have very little problem with the issue of going to the bathroom. However, some children may have trouble with the ability to control when and where they need to go, either due to a physical challenge or because of a disease or illness that doesn’t allow for regular control over their bladder or bowel functions...read more

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Sharing Wisdom

From Martha in TN

If you have visually impaired loved ones, I found extra-large playing cards and puzzles online. They are wonderful for low energy activities that also provide some mental stimulation.

From: Windsorbob in Florida

I'm a solid sleeper, so when I get to the point I can't keep my eyes open, I sleep on the floor next to the bed. When my 89-year-young friend wants to travel at night, she has to step on me to get out of bed and she will not because she is afraid she will hurt me. My backup is a simple eye hook on all the outside doors near the top where she cannot reach. I am afraid she might fall into the pool in the back of the house and I don't want to travel the neighborhood looking for her.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Ask Gary

Featured Article

Telehealth Moves from the Doctor's Office to the Home
Guest Column

Don’t Be a Joe or Helen!

Caretips

Staying Dry At School
Sharing Wisdom

 


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