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Thursday May 2nd, 2013 - Issue #637

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Debra Kleesattel

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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Featured Article

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

Guest Column

Little Miracles
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

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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

Sharing Wisdom

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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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

An Interview with
Debra Kleesattel

Featured Article

Care Travel:
A Prepared Traveler...
Guest Column

Little Miracles


Huntington's Disease: Tips for Coping
Sharing Wisdom


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