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Thursday July 18, 2013 - Issue #648

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefUsing It or Losing It

Two new studies confirm that staying active does indeed have a positive effect on reducing your chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The first, recently published in Neurology, involved nearly 300 older people. At the start of the study, participants reported on how frequently they engaged in mentally stimulating experiences such as reading books, writing letters, reading the newspaper and visiting libraries. By studying brain autopsies after the participants died, the scientists found that 14 percent of the variability in mental decline could be attributed to the amount of intellectual activity in which people participated, both early and late in life. And that effect was seen even after the researchers accounted for other factors that influence dementia like age and education...read more

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Featured Article

Fighting Caregiver Fatigue
By Kristine Dwyer, Staff Writer

Calvin’s day begins before 5 A.M. He knows another exhausting day lies ahead. He allows himself only enough time to have a cup of coffee and read the paper before lying back down by his wife’s side until 6 A.M. when the daily routine begins again; toileting, showering...read more

Guest Column

Hydration and Delirium
By Catherine D’Aniello, MSN, RN

Did you know that:

  • Delirium is different from dementia?

  • Dehydration is a cause of delirium?...read more

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A common nutritional problem that can affect care recipients in poor health is cachexia-anorexia and it especially involves those in advanced stages of Alzheimer’s, Cancer and AIDS...read more

Sharing Wisdom

From Jackie
in Spartanburg, SC

I am a professional caregiver and one thing I have noticed is that everyone needs to feel needed. Many of my clients had given up on their activities because they saw themselves as "old and useless." Nothing could be further from the truth! In our conversations, clients would mention things they used to do, but were no longer able. I would then say I had always meant to learn how to do that, but had never gotten around to it. Suddenly, I have clients teaching me how to knit, quilt, can food, make preserves, all kinds of stuff, and we are having so much fun doing these things together. This generation has been through so much and they still have so much to offer. I have received the best advice and encouragement from people over 80. 

From Kathy
in Candor, New York 

1) Take "minute" vacations! Sometimes that is all you have to regroup, revitalize! Make each moment count! 2) Pick up a good book to read. Have plenty of reading material on hand. 3) Organize your respite caregivers' information in an easy-to-reach daily diary or journal, near the telephone. Have a back-up plan for cancellations. 4) Plan all your errands on specific days when respite care is most available. 5) Make lists of all needed items, as caregiving is distracting and items may be forgotten. 5) Pay bills on line as much as possible. 6) Utilize the computer and social media to stay connected when homebound with a loved one for many hours in a day! 7) Make sure all necessary telephone numbers are taped near the telephone. 8) Hang a copy of the advance directives and/or DNR where it is visible to all. Keep it reviewed/updated. 9) When dealing with difficult behavioral issues of family members living with Alzheimer's, just remember who they used to be and reflect! It will make any task go more smoothly! For more difficult daily tasks such as bathing or showering, have a respite worker assist. Don't do it alone; you can't plan on what that family member MIGHT do. 10) Resign yourself that family may or may not be available to help out. Usually caregiving falls in the hands of one specific family member. The others seem to "disappear" with any responsibility! Don't get your hopes up! You will get discouraged!!

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Using It or Losing It

Featured Article

Fighting Caregiver Fatigue
Guest Column

Hydration and Delirium


Top Ways to Get Someone to Eat
Sharing Wisdom


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