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Thursday November 14, 2013 - Issue #664

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefThe Holiday Caregiver Insurance Plan

A gentleman asked a question at a recent Fearless Caregiver Conference. He had been trying to have a conversation with his mother about her long-term care wishes, but she had been putting him off and he was seeking advice.

I told him about my concept of creating a caregiver insurance plan. We have auto insurance even though we hope not to have a crash, fire insurance, life insurance and, well, you get it. These policies are secured due to the likelihood of our families facing such events. Of course, we all realize that it is better to have the appropriate policies in hand.

My belief is that all adult members of your family need to get together and have a conversation about their long-term care wishes in case they can no longer make these decisions for themselves...read more


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Gary Barg

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Featured Article

Empty Refrigerators Could Equal
Poor Health for Seniors

By Jennifer B. Buckley

If you are caring for an elderly loved-one, consider keeping their refrigerator well stocked to keep them healthy. Sounds strange? Well a newly published research letter in the August 12, 2000 issue of The Lancet suggests this claim fairly accurate...read more

Guest Column

My Mother Doesn’t Listen To Me!
The New Role Of Eldercare Mediation

By Doris Haas, RN, CCM, CMC

As a geriatric care manager, I am considered an expert in issues relating to the elderly. However, where my mother is concerned, I am just a daughter who cares. She often takes the advice of friends and even strangers over mine...read more

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Lessen The Squeeze: Caregiver Coping Skills
By Carolyn K. Schultz

According to the Alzheimer’s Association (2000), 5.75 million Americans are in the “Sandwich Generation” of caring for both children and parents, and women represent the majority of caregivers for family members...read more

Sharing Wisdom

From Connie

in Orlando

My mother is 85 years old and broke her hip, shoulder, and elbow in one fall this last May. I'm glad to report she is my "Come Back Kid" and is doing well. One of the things I do for her is her manicures. I could take her to get her nails done, but I find it therapeutic for both of us to give her the manicure myself. There is something special about the time we have together. When I am filing or painting her nails, we are holding hands. Precious and healing is the touch of a loved one.

From Georgette

in VA

Anyone taking care of a loved one who needs help should contact the Area Agency on Aging. Through them, my mom has been placed into a daycare program that helps her social skills and my sanity. Of course, since I work a full-time job, I am never home without her unless I schedule a day off. This makes it difficult to do things like clean her room or spend time with my 13-year-old. Another program is Project Lifesaver (projectlifesaver.org). This program puts a bracelet on the individual with a GPS tracking device. The sheriff comes and changes batteries periodically and it provides great peace of mind. In some places, it is even free. God bless all of you who are out there trying so hard, facing frustration and hardships. Don't feel defeated. Brush yourself off, get up and treat yourself to a much needed break.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

The Holiday Caregiver Insurance Plan

Featured Article

Empty Refrigerators
Could Equal Poor Health for Seniors
Guest Column

My Mother Doesn’t
Listen To Me!


Lessen The Squeeze: Caregiver Coping Skills

Sharing Wisdom


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