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Thursday November 21, 2013 - Issue #665

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefHappy Holidays Day

As we enter the 2013 holiday season next week with both Thanksgiving and Hanukkah falling on the same day (turkey matzo balls?), we caregivers are putting our own personal holiday checklist in place. Ensuring that our holiday decorations are placed with our loved ones’ safety in mind (check), creating special holiday menus for our loved ones (check), enlisting the support of family members who will be celebrating with us (well, we can hope!).  But as many of us do, you probably forgot the most important item on the list – caring for you.  I know, I know, caring for you during the holiday season is sometimes more of a challenge than caring for a loved one.  But for your sake and the sake of your loved ones, it should be at the top of the checklist.

So, let’s run through some self-care tips.

  • Give yourself some gifts by letting your friends help you. When someone asks, “Can I do anything for you?” give him or her something to do. Let your friend run an errand or stay with your loved one while you take a break and get out on your own.

  • Keep the romance alive. Couples facing caregiving situations are apt to forget to nurture the relationship that brought them together up to this point. These relationships need just as much, if not more, attention as they did before...read more


Care Fearlessly

Gary Barg


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Featured Article

Dementia and Incontinence Treatment
By Sandra Ray, Staff Writer

Dementia is a devastating disease that affects approximately 24 million people worldwide; its most common form, Alzheimer’s disease, affects more than 4.5 million people in the U.S. according to the Alzheimer’s Association. The disease slowly robs individuals of their memory, cognitive functioning, and eventually renders the person almost completely dependent upon others for their daily care...read more

Guest Column

Living Longer with Palliative Care
By Helen McNeal

November is National Hospice & Palliative Care Month. It is estimated that 1.5 to 1.6 million patients in the United States received hospice or palliative care services in 2012. Anecdotal accounts indicate that many more who would benefit by this care did not have access to it or had to wait so long that services were provided only during their final few days of life...read more

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Home for the Holidays
By Janice Wallace

Many of us live far away from our families. The holidays are times when we reconnect with our loved ones. Holidays are an opportunity to take an objective look at how the seniors in our families are coping. Take time to notice if things have changed. Your visit may reveal that your frequent phone calls are not giving you a complete picture of your loved ones daily life...read more


A Caregivers Lament

By Maureen Head

Invisible - ME - I AM U. C.

I am the ME, faithfully working be,
Household to run, the invincible one!

Living each day with rituals acquired,
Bemused no doubt, dementia inspired!

I am the one, there to wipe his bum,
Abhorrent to some, try not to be glum!

Staying up late, there’s meds to partake,
Once in a while, a break I could take!

I am the chosen, giv'n lifts to the frozen,
Left in charge, the ships chief bos' un!

It may be a breeze at my request to sneeze,
CAREGIVER I be, But remember, I'm still ME!


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Happy Holidays Day

Featured Article

Dementia and Incontinence Treatment
Guest Column

Living Longer with Palliative Care


Home for the Holidays



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