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Fearless Caregiver Newsletter
 Tuesday July 9th, 2013 - Issue #144

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefThe Joan Lunden Video Interview

Gary Barg: This one is really important to us. Today’s Caregiver magazine is 18 years old now, so we were around when Medicare Part D rolled out. As we talk to family caregivers at our caregiver conferences and through the magazine, the confusion is such a huge issue. We need to help our senior loved ones get medications, as cost effectively as they can, and use them appropriately. You were involved with a survey that helps reveal what the beneficiaries understand about their plans. What did that survey reveal?

Joan Lunden: Well, the survey was done by Walgreen’s and what probably is most disturbing is what they didn’t understand about their plans. If you ask them if they understand their plans, three-quarters of them say yes, but when you really starting asking about the nuances, fifty percent of them didn’t realize that co-pays were different at different pharmacies, that they could really shop it around.

The really troubling part of the survey to me is that one in five said that the way they were dealing with not being able to afford their prescription care was they were skipping doses in order to make a prescription last a little longer or they weren’t getting them refilled. In fact, one in four said that when a doctor wrote them a prescription...read more

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Feature Article

Changing The Status Quo
By Jennifer Wilson, Staff Writer

By the year 2020, it’s predicted that there will be over 52 million older adults, representing about 16% of the population. Out of these 52 million, one-fourth will reside in rural areas, and will comprise at least 15% of the total rural population. The aging process, along with geographic distances, higher unemployment, lower literacy and the lack of medical treatment, are all current challenges facing people living in rural areas...read more

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Guest Column

Extended Families: Our Greatest Resources
By Helen Hunter, ACSW, CMSW

There are many family situations today where you can find three, four or even five generations living under one roof...read more


Don’t Let Depression Get You Down

Caregiving can sometimes be a depressing venture. Not only does it usually involve someone we love deteriorating before our eyes, our own lives become completely rearranged...read more

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I am overwhelmed with how to deal with my husband’s disabilities. He has had diabetes for over 20 years. In the past three, he has lost a leg below the knee, had eye problems and is now facing dialysis and a kidney transplant. I get so angry about all of it and my husband does not need to feel any worse about his condition then he already does. He did not do a good job of taking care of himself until the last five years—a little late. He is such a strong person, but this thing with his kidneys has really hit us hard. He will start dialysis this week and will be able to do it at home. Still, he has lost so much weight and is so tired right now. I work as a teacher so I am off over the summer, but I am having a very hard time dealing with what is happening to my husband. I am just worried to the point of exhaustion.

He is very independent and I make sure that he is, but there are just times he needs help. I'm not trying to boss him and I don't pity him. My husband has worked and kept going until the eyes put him on disability. He can't drive and is dependent on me and others for transportation. I do my best to encourage him and we go shopping and to the movies and church and just try to be as normal as possible. I don't know how to help him right now and I am very scared I will lose him before we get through the dialysis and getting a new kidney. I'm not ready to lose him at this age (57). We had two weddings to go to today, but did not because I had been sick on Friday, because I knew it would be too much for him, but mainly it is just too hard to watch people getting married when I feel like my marriage is about to be over.

Yes, I am mad at my husband for not taking care of himself like he should have, but I don't want that to get in the way of the time we have left. I need to find a support group, not counseling. I've done that. I need to talk to people who know how I feel and can help me see past all the doom and gloom. My husband needs people like himself to talk to as well. Can you help us find a group that meets at night? When school starts, that is the only time I will have.

Moniteau County, Missouri


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
The Joan Lunden
Video Interview

Feature Article
Changing The Status Quo

Guest Column
Extended Families:
Our Greatest Resources

Don’t Let Depression
Get You Down


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