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Thursday September 26, 2013 - Issue #657

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefHo-Ho-Ho?

The chill is settling into the air after a particularly hot summer for much of the country. The Halloween costumes have yet to be purchased (at least not on purpose) and the thought of pumpkin pie is still a distant memory at this point. So, right now is the best time to think about the holidays.

What?! We haven’t even trick or treated yet!  And, if you want to make the good Lord laugh, tell Him/Her (covering my bases) your plans.  This saying goes double for family caregivers. Yet, as in all good fearless caregiving, the more you can plan for contingencies, the better.

Preparation for traveling during the holidays is one detail best done way in advance.

Have you told your hosts how they may need to prepare their house for your loved one’s safety and comfort?  Also remember, it’s best that you update relatives and friends ahead of time about your loved one’s behavior or condition so that everybody is at ease and relaxed during the holiday visit...read more

Care Fearlessly

Gary Barg
Editor-in-Chief
gary@caregiver.com


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Featured Article

Driving: When Aging Illness Makes it Difficult
By Sandra Ray, Staff Writer

Many individuals  believe getting that first driver’s license a right of passage – a testament that adulthood and freedom have arrived. In light of increased scrutiny and legislation concerning older drivers, caregivers and aging patients are both starting to wonder when to continue driving, when to slow down, and when to stop driving altogether...read more


Guest Column

Balance – Fall Prevention
What does it mean and what can be done about it?

By Lori Peppi Michiel


Maintaining balance is the result of a complex interaction of many systems in the human body. With aging, changes occur that reduce how efficient these systems work...read more


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CareVerses

 

For My Care Giver
By Saundra Adams

I watch my care giver taking care of me and,
I feel sad for him, so much work.
I know no other person who will lend a hand,
I see frustration, on his face.
 
He is worn and tired out, at the end of the day,
he knows tomorrow is the same.
He checks again the medications on display,
he says, call me if you need me.
 
I try so hard, not to need to call him, but then,
I need something important.
I timidly reach the button to call again,
I know he will come, as always.
 
We have really been together twenty-two years,
we had divorced eight years ago.
We knew each other well, no putting airs, no fears,
we would keep dignity intact. 
 
He may often seem to be angry, and I know,
he will do something special.
He knows we will take this journey for me,
although,he will be the one, at the end.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Ho-Ho-Ho?

Featured Article

Driving: When Aging Illness Makes it Difficult
Guest Column

Balance – Fall Prevention

Caretips

See Well for a Lifetime
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areVerses

 


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