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Thursday February 7, 2013 - Issue #625

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief

The Doctoring the Doctor Principle

I will fearlessly learn all I can about my loved one’s healthcare needs and become an integral member of his or her medical care team.

 Fearless Caregiver Manifesto

This week’s discussion of Fearless Caregiver Manifesto Principle Five dovetails perfectly with a conversation we had at the Orlando Fearless Caregiver Conference last week. First of all, thanks to our wonderful friends – the Central Florida professional, advocate and family caregivers who joined us for the day...read more

Care Fearlessly

Gary Barg



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Featured Article

Caring For A Stroke Survivor With Sleep Apnea

By Deirdre Stewart, RN, PhD

Sleep apnea is common in stroke survivors. Recent studies suggest that as many as 65% of stroke sufferers experience some degree of sleep apnea. According to a leading researcher and physician in the field of sleep-disordered breathing, Mark E. Dyken, MD, University of Iowa, this high rate of sleep apnea in stroke survivors “requires aggressive assessment.” Because data suggest that rehabilitation outcomes may be worse in stroke sufferers who have sleep apnea, it is of particular importance to identify it...read more

Guest Column

How the West Was Won and Other Tales from the Past
By Mechelle Abney


Miss Kitty, How the West Was Won, John Wayne, Rawhide

          OVER and OVER and OVER again!


Blaring at a million decibels through the airwaves like an Indian's arrow soaring through the hot, desert, day...read more

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Bed Safety in the Elderly


Few if any tasks as a caregiver needs to be as done responsibly and efficiently as does helping your loved one in and out of bed. Establishing a ritual that you and your elderly loved one can follow will ensure the best possible care. Depending upon your loved one’s flexibility and maneuverability, you may or may not be their sole means of movement in and out of bed. Here are some helpful hints to think about as you tend to your loved one’s need for more help in and out of bed...read more

Share your tip, advice, resource or observation.  

Sharing Wisdom

From Marihelen  in OR

When I started caring for my mom-in-law (born in 1910) 24/7, it was something that I thought I was ready for, but I wasn't—really had no idea what was ahead for myself.  We family caregivers MUST take care of ourselves. With very little experience, I started a Family Caregiver Support Group in my beautiful, little isolated town. After getting the word out to local churches, our radio station and on bulletin boards, a few of us gathered for a help session, NOT a gripe session. We do listen (for a SHORT time) to problems and give our opinions. However, we usually stay with the positive view.  We have local pros (doctors, health educators, etc.) talk with us on occasion. We meet at a place that provides yummy and healthy treats. It is a relaxing time when the senior center has “Time Out” adult daycare. Find people for YOU to be with.

From Marybeth in IL

Switch out breakable glassware for the pretty acrylic ones sold in garden stores. Consider the grasp-ability of the plastic glasses you're purchasing.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

The Doctoring the Doctor Principle

Featured Article

Caring For A Stroke Survivor With Sleep Apnea
Guest Column

How the West Was Won and Other Tales from the Past


Bed Safety in the Elderly
Sharing Wisdom


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