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Wednesday November 27, 2013 - Issue #666

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefSleuth-ebrating the Holidays

As we reach the end of another National Family Caregivers Month, it is kind of fitting that so many will be celebrating the dual event of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah tomorrow. (When has any caregiver been asked to do just one thing at a time?) If you miss this joint celebration, don’t worry. The next time these two holidays fall on the same date will be in 70,000 years -- plenty of time to brine your bird.

This holiday season can also be a time to be a loving (but slightly nosey) detective. If you are traveling to visit your loved ones who may be in need of care, the holidays afford an ideal time to assess any changes in their health and well-being.

As any good detective knows, the first step is to follow the clues...read more


Care Fearlessly

Gary Barg


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Featured Article

Detection of Alzheimer's
By Kristine Dwyer, Staff Writer

Dementia itself is not a disease, but rather a set of symptoms that accompany specific diseases. Dementia is a general term for the loss of memory, language and recognition that is severe enough to interfere with everyday life. Researchers believe dementia may be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors...read more

Guest Column

Strategies for Special Holidays
By David Lowell, MD

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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Tips: Is It Time to Stop Driving?

Some people are able to continue driving in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, but it requires ongoing evaluation to ensure safety. Here are some tips from the Alzheimer’s Association that it may be time to stop driving...read more

Sharing Wisdom

From Gloria's daughter

in Point Pleasant

Be consistent. At this time of year, we tend to put our own lives first. The elderly and the sick need attention more than ever. Schedule extra time in the day to cover their emotional needs and perhaps listen to their reflections of holidays past. This is a great time to spread peace on Earth and “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

From Wagner

in Miami

I went to the assisted living facility every holiday to visit my mom. I took gifts and many photos, as well as nibbles for the nursing staff. You must be upbeat for your sake and your loved one. Then I spend the rest of the day with caring friends. Also, carry a "throwaway" camera with you. I took many photos of Mom and/or the staff and gave them copies, which they liked a lot. Also stay for the holiday show or party at the facility and join in.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

the Holidays

Featured Article

Detection of Alzheimer's
Guest Column

Strategies for
Special Holidays


Tips: Is It Time
to Stop Driving?

Sharing Wisdom


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