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Thursday June 13, 2013 - Issue #643

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefBa-bum…ba-ba-ba-ba-bum

It is nearly seven years since Henry passed. To recap, our family friends Henry and Grace were a couple who led a relatively charmed life. They were deeply in love, working together in an extremely successful business for over 40 years, with no thoughts of the future. Henry was 20 years older than Grace and handled all of their financial affairs. He, unfortunately, did not have any plans in place for a designated surrogate in case Grace was unable to handle her own affairs at any time after his passing. That, of course, is where the story goes (as they say) south.

I had not seen Grace in about six months when she entered the room where a party was being held. The guests included many of her friends. She looked gaunt and somewhat confused and was with a younger man who was guiding her through the room to where they sat down together...read more 

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Featured Article

Tools For Starting a Caregiver Support Group
By Kristine Dwyer, LSW

Starting a caregiver support group takes time, energy, organization and an ongoing commitment. It is not a one-person job but it does usually need at least one energetic, organized person to start the group and share enthusiasm for its success...read more


Guest Column

With Dottie, I have My Life Back
By Suzanne Ponciroli


I always thought helper dogs were for blind or hearing impaired people. As I began to learn more about these dogs, I realized they also offered a variety of assistance to people with physical limitations...read more


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Caretips

7 Emotional and Physical Well-Being
Tips for Male Caregivers

Men account for almost 40% of the caregiver population. In order for male caregivers to properly care for their loved ones, they must remember to care for themselves...read more


Sharing Wisdom

 

From Joanne
In New York

My mom has been living with us for nearly 22 years. She will be 100 in September. Praise God, she is very cognitive, but she does have physical disabilities. One of them is that her hands don't work properly and she was spilling the plastic cups I put her drinks in. A close friend recommended I try a child's "sippy cup." It's one of the best ideas ever! Each night when I put her to bed, I fill the cup with water and ice and she can sip it whenever she wants without worry of spilling it onto the bed. God bless each and every caregiver out there. Ours is not an easy task and growing old certainly is not for the faint of heart.

From Paula
In New York

While traveling with someone with Parkinson's, make sure you carry underwear guards and possibly a change of undergarments and a wash cloth. Try to be at a place where there is a handicapped bathroom available so you can enter the restroom together.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Ba-bum…ba-ba-
ba-ba-bum

Featured Article

Tools For Starting a Caregiver Support Group
Guest Column

With Dottie, I have
My Life Back

Caretips

7 Emotional and Physical Well-Being...
Sharing Wisdom

 


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