Gary Barg: How would
you suggest that a caregiver could best partner with their loved oneís
care management team?
Dr. Debra Kleesattel: Caregiving happens on
such a continuum and what oftentimes happens, because that caregiver
does not do what we call self-identification, they do not see
themselves as caregivers. They see themselves as doing what everybody
would do for their loved one.
So recognizing early on in the
process of starting to provide care for someone, I think having that
open and honest dialogue and communication about boy, I am seeing some
changes happening here and maybe some assistance I am providing, so
let us talk about that. Doing that early in the process is so
important. Once that caregiving role continues to grow, when you are
at the point where you really want to be asking for some help and some
assistance through informal or formal support, you already have
started that dialogue...read more
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Care Travel: A Prepared Traveler
is a Happy Traveler
Whether you travel abroad or domestically, there are some
tips you should keep in mind. These suggestions have been
written for the special needs traveler, but they apply to
anyone going anywhere...read more
By Dianne M. Ullrich
My mother died of advanced
breast cancer in September 1999. She had battled
the disease for 12 years Ė successfully for eight of
those 12 years. In 1995 the breast cancer
reoccurred in her lung and quickly began to spread to
the rib cage and sternum. After ten years of
successful treatment with hormone therapy...read more
Huntington's Disease: Tips for Coping
Some of the suggestions I have for living with HD are:
Keep life simple - Rest, Exercise, Nutrition, A daily laugh
Carry earplugs with you when you are out (Some people with HD
are sensitive to noise)...read more
From Donna in Maine
May is National Better Hearing month. Hearing
affects 85 percent of the population aged 65 and older. Did you
know that studies show only 11 percent of those move forward to
purchase hearing aids? Hearing as best we can does improve our
quality of life. Poor hearing can be misdiagnosed as dementia. My
own grandparent was definitely hard of hearing and was so isolated
because of it. I don't wish that on anyone. So please add a simple
hearing test to your annual "must do" list of healthcare. HEARING
AIDS are not dirty words!
All our best, Donna
From momm4t in Illinois
Iím taking care of an 85-year-old man who is
pretty healthy except his left side doesnít work well because of a
stroke. When I started, he refused to eat what I gave him.
Now I give him two choices for each meal. This way, he feels in
control still. I am also giving him smaller portions because
the bigger portions overwhelm him. He stopped going out to eat
because of being embarrassing to have someone cut up his food or
being messy. I solved this by taking him at an odd hour of
the day when the restaurant isnít busy. I also put his food in
front of me as if Iím going to eat it, then switch our plates when
Iím done cutting up his food. He always gives me a smile.
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