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Thursday October 3, 2013 - Issue #658

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefThis Is The Week

Well, the long-awaited week has come. The program we have all been looking to participate in can now be accessed. Of course you know I am talking about the voting being open for the Fearless Caregiver Story Contest.  

We launched the Fearless Caregiver Story Contest for you to share your own personal stories of Fearless Caregiving with your fellow caregivers (and, by the way, possibly win cash and prizes).  We have learned the value of shared stories throughout the years as caregivers have communicated their own personal stories on Today’s Caregiver magazine and caregiver.com as well as at the Fearless Caregiver Conferences. The best way to discover how to become fearless in your own caregiving is to hear other caregivers’ stories and anecdotes about their caregiving trials and tribulations.

So far, the entries have not disappointed. They talk about the lessons learned as they work with the healthcare system, cajoling, coddling and even sometimes cudgeling their way along as they seek the best possible help for their loved ones...read more

Care Fearlessly

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



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Featured Article


Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here are some helpful Cancer links...read more


Guest Column


A Balancing Act:
Simple Steps to Help Seniors See the Need for Home Modifications
By Mary Becker-Omvig, MS, OTR/Lfa


There are questions caregivers face on a daily basis. How do we balance between too much and too little care? How do we balance what we think needs to be done with what might be most helpful?...read more


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Fall Risks for Older Adults

Activities that take place in the bathroom, such as showering and bathing, are a simple part of most peoples’ daily routine. Yet, slips in the tub and falls in the shower or from the toilet may cause serious injuries...read more


Sharing Wisdom


From Kathy in CT

I am a live-in caregiver for an 94-year-old woman with the first stages of dementia. I find that posting large notes in bold writing around the house helps. She reads them each day as if it’s her first time seeing them.


From Samantha in Texas

Laughter is the best medicine! Tell a joke that's right up your client’s/loved one’s alley and see their mood instantly brighten! Keep the grim atmosphere as light as possible! Your emotional assistance is just as crucial as your physical assistance. Even when YOU are having a hard day, tell a joke, crack a smile, tease a little bit... Sometimes you have to fake it before you can make it!
 


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

This Is The Week

Featured Article

Breast Cancer
Awareness Month
Guest Column

A Balancing Act

Caretips

Fall Risks for
Older Adults
Sharing Wisdom

 


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