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Thursday January 31, 2013 - Issue #624

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief

Principle Ten

“I will fearlessly acknowledge when providing care for my family member becomes impossible, either because of his or her condition or my own, and seek other solutions for my family member's care needs.”

This principle in the Fearless Caregiver Manifesto relates to one of the most important decisions you may be asked to make as a family caregiver—choosing an appropriate long-term care facility for your loved one. With this decision, you are not only selecting a safe and comfortable place in which your loved one will live, but also a team of healthcare professionals who will become your partners in care....read more

Take Care

Gary Barg
Editor-in-Chief

gary@caregiver.com


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Featured Article

The Fine Line of Food

By Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer

An etiquette every person is taught is to never ask a woman her weight. For a woman diagnosed with breast cancer, that is something she is asked often, and a fact she is expected to track religiously. It’s a fine line to walk—the need to maintain a healthy weight while combatting the lack of appetite many cancer patients experience...read more


Guest Column

Creating Fun for Caregivers and Frail Seniors
By Lynn Howe

 

Your confined-to-home (or assisted living or nursing home) parent, just wants to have fun! You are focused on their safety, finances, medical treatment, medications, privacy, nutrition and therapy. You busy yourself with monitoring their progress (or decline) and doing everything in your power to keep them comfortable. You worry about their reduced energy level, increasing fatigue, physical weakness and variable mental status...read more


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Caretips

Functional Flexibility Activities for Older Adults
By Lori Peppi Michiel

 

For aging adults going from inactivity to activity, flexibility training may offer a good start towards a healthy lifestyle. This type of training may lack the high profile of cardiovascular exercise and strength training, but it can improve range of motion, decrease pain and soreness after exercise, improve posture, and decrease muscle tension. More importantly, stretching can make the difference in comfort when performing tasks such as putting a shirt or blouse on in the morning or reaching for a cup of tea or coffee...read more

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Sharing Wisdom

From Gary in CA

I found a wonderful resource for caregiver supplies...the local marine/boating outlet! Items such as non-slip cups, plates, non-skid mats, cup holders, and many other aids for the disabled are available for reasonable prices. The store was a treasure trove of ideas! A water craft is unstable and virtually everything has to be safe and secure, just as it is with a disabled person.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Principle Ten

Featured Article

The Fine Line of Food
Guest Column

Creating Fun for Caregivers and Frail Seniors

Caretips

Functional Flexibility Activities for Older Adults
Sharing Wisdom

 


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