For 'tis the sport to have the enginer
Hoist with his own petar'; and 't shall go hard
The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
In the bard’s immortal words, ain’t no
fun to be hoisted on one’s own petard. (Well, okay, I
may be paraphrasing a bit.) I am referring to a
call I received by an astute professional at a South
Florida office of the National Alliance on Mental
Illness (NAMI) to gently chide me for using a phrase
that I explicitly detailed in a
recent newsletter as an editorial no-no. It was in
one of this month’s Caregiver Thought Leader interviews
that the crime occurred.
The interview was with
Mike Fitzpatrick, NAMI’s Executive Director, and the
words I used were “schizophrenic caregivers,” which by
itself is a confusing phrase, but worse yet, that I said
it right after using the correct phraseology of “a loved
one who was living with schizophrenia.” Not
wanting to believe that I could be such a knave as to
break my own rule, I hastily sought out the truth by
looking at the initial interview files and, lo and
behold, she was right...read
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Women with Urge Incontinence
Have an Increased Risk of Falling
By Jennifer B. Buckley
Older women with urge incontinence
may be more likely to fall and fracture a bone compared to
women who are not urge incontinent, according to a new study.
Although slip and falls are common health concerns for older
Caring for Individuals with COPD
By John W. Walsh
A diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a life-altering event for both the individual...read
Starting the Conversation:
Approaches for Helping Your Loved Ones
By Chris Cremean, LSW
Caregivers need all the help they can get.
One of the most difficult barriers to helping a loved one is
knowing the best approaches to addressing the issues that need
to be addressed...read more
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