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Thursday February 21, 2013 - Issue #627

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief

Ask Gary
Planes, Trains or Automobiles

I’ve been thinking a lot about this question posted in last week’s Carenote section of our weekly newsletter.  I don’t usually respond to the messages in this manner since the responses from our readers are so right on target, as they are in this case. I just thought that Richard’s situation covers so many of the challenges we deal with as family caregivers, I would (in keeping with the Presidents’ Day theme) throw my two shiny Lincoln pennies into the mix.  I swear I will not tell a lie in my response (or is that another President?)...read more

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Gary Barg


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Featured Article

Financial Abuse: Could You Spot It?

By Eileen Beal, MA

Despite the hit their savings and investments took during the “Great Recession,” Americans between 70 and 90 are still the wealthiest group in the US.  Not surprisingly, they are also prime targets for financial exploitation and abuse.  “It’s all their assets – a mortgage-free home, steady income from Social Security or a pension, investments – that make them a target,” says attorney Page Ulrey, a senior deputy prosecuting attorney for the King County Prosecutor’s Office in Washington...read more

Guest Column

Confessions of a Sometimes Caregiver
By Emily Cooper


My mother, an 86-year-old widow, lives alone in a small town in the farming country of central Kansas.  Born and raised in the town, she returned there with my father after his retirement, leaving the big city in order to spend their “golden years” with her sisters, brothers, and childhood friends back home.  Unfortunately it wasn’t long after my parents’ return that the siblings became ill and died; many of the old friends died as well...read more

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Diet and Nutrition Tips


Make dining social. Elderly people often fail to eat well because they don't like to eat alone. 

Take notice of food content in their loved-one’s home. Keep their refrigerator well stocked and watch for and remove old or spoiled food in the fridge....read more

Share your tip, advice, resource or observation.  

Sharing Wisdom

From Dianne in Scottsdale, Arizona:

One of the challenges of feeding my father, who is on hospice and unable to feed himself, is how to keep the food warm. The baby dishes of decades ago that you could fill with hot water have long since been discontinued. I came up with the idea of filling a bean bag with popcorn and heating it for 2.5 minutes in the microwave, putting it on a plate, and then placing the dish with his dinner ON TOP OF the bean bag. Voila! It keeps the meal hot the whole time it takes to feed him (often 40-60 minutes) and I am not cooking it to death by reheating it a half dozen times during the course of the meal. When I need a bowl kept hot, like for soups, I put the bean bag in a big soup bowl and then wedge the smaller bowl down into the cavity; it keeps the sides warm, too. I'm so grateful you have put this Web site here. Caregivers are a creative lot and I just KNOW other people have come up with innovative solutions to common caregiving problems. I can't wait to read them all!!!

From Lori in Texas:

Parkinson’s disease is a painful sight for a caregiver. My secret to relief is to look at pictures of years before. My mom has Parkinson’s and has trouble walking, talking, and doing basic ADL's. We laugh together sometimes about her speech troubles and I just don't take it to heart.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Ask Gary Planes, Trains or Automobiles

Featured Article

Financial Abuse: Could You Spot It?
Guest Column

Confessions of a Sometimes Caregiver


Diet and Nutrition Tips
Sharing Wisdom


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