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Thursday October 31, 2013 - Issue #662

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief ‘Tis the Beginning of the Season
– No, Really!

Halloween is more than a night when little goblins and ghosties ring our doorbells looking for goodies; it also signifies the start of the holiday travel season. Many of us will be traveling with our loved ones for whom we care, or will have relatives visit with us over the next two months. These visitations can either represent a ghoulishly frightening experience or they can be a real pleasure.

As in all things regarding caregiving, preparation is the key to success. If you are traveling to other people’s homes, make sure they understand your concerns over your loved one’s safety. Will throw rugs need to be stored, beds moved or even holiday decorations organized so they will not present opportunities for a fall? Do you know where the durable medical equipment store is in your host family member’s neighborhood?

To get you through all of the holiday hubbub and hullabaloo, the good folks at Today’s Caregiver magazine (ok, that’s us) have designed the perfect gift to present to yourself.  Consider The Fearless Caregiver Guide to Holiday Caregiving as a training manual to successfully navigate getting through the holidays on your own terms as a family caregiver...read more

Care Fearlessly

Gary Barg

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Featured Article

Alzheimer's: The Present and the Future

Taking care of someone with Alzheimer's Disease can be a demanding task. It requires time and energy. Even if you are young and in good health, giving care can be difficult... read more

Guest Column

Some Things I Have Learned
By John Patterson

I have learned to learn about the illness. In my case, I have learned about 11 illnesses, only to find that any one of them may crop up and have symptoms at any time and last for a few minutes, a few hours, a few days or even months. I have learned to take care of myself... read more

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Understanding the Risk of Infection During Chemotherapy

What Is an Infection?

It’s important for you to understand what an infection is before you learn about the things that might put a person at a higher risk for getting one. An infection occurs when germs enter a person’s body and multiply, causing illness, organ and tissue damage, or disease...read more

Sharing Wisdom

From Sue

in Virginia

My mom, who has dementia and lives with my husband and me, loves animals. Throughout the day, I show her YouTube videos of animal antics that make her smile and laugh. I often take photos of our pets and print them off for her to look at. She may not remember the specifics, but the feel-good emotion of happiness stays with her all day and helps her to get a good night's sleep.

From Harriette

in Bridgeville

Saying “I love you” has always been a part of our family’s life. I end every call to my mom with “I love you.” It would upset her if I did not, especially since she has had a stroke and has dementia. When my mother lost my father after 55 years of marriage, she was devastated. I make sure my mother knows she is loved; not just by words, but by actions also. A simple hug and a kiss go a long way.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

‘Tis the Beginning of
the Season – No, Really!

Featured Article

Alzheimer's: The
Present and the Future
Guest Column

Some Things I Have Learned


Understanding the
Risk of Infection
During Chemotherapy

Sharing Wisdom


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