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January 2, 2014  |  Issue #676  
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From the Editor's Pen Gary Barg • Editor-in-Chief • gary@caregiver.com

Gary Barg
Happy 2014

For the first newsletter of the year, I could think of no better message than the one that was shared by a friend who I bumped into late last year (more specifically, two days ago). I was walking my dog Morris, when his ears perked up and he became excited with tail a-waggin’. I looked up to see Larry, a favorite of Morris’ since he seems to know in just what spot behind the ear to scratch. I always get so much wisdom (not to mention articles) out of our interactions, so my ears perked up, as well.

In fact, I wrote about Larry (twice) last year to discuss his challenges faced as someone recovering from a stroke. The first article involved the dynamic tensions that happen with many couples when one had been caregiving for a while and the care recipient gradually becomes able to take on their responsibilities once again. The next article was an extension of the first (taking to the wheel again) and also discussed the selfless act of “Paying it Forward.”   ...more


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Caregivers New Year's Resolution
By Kristine Dwyer, LSW


In this new year, I will _______.

Learn to take one hour out of each day just for myself to read, enjoy a hot bath, journal my thoughts or call a friend.

Attend at least one caregiver support group to realize that I am not alone and that I can learn from others   ...more

Caregiver New Year Special

Legally Protect Your Aging Loved Ones
By Terry Abrams Berger, Esq. / Abrams Berger, P.A.

Without proper legal planning, caring for aging loved ones is often emotionally and financially distressing for everyone involved. Families struggle at the last minute to find information, guidance and assistance to handle the complex health care, financial and legal needs ...more

Top Ten Things For Caregivers To Start Doing For The New Year

  1. Keep records of all medications and reactions: make notes about what works, what doesn’t and when you informed the physician of any problems.

  2. Keep records of all doctor appointments: the reason for the visit, the doctor’s responses to our concerns, any procedures performed, etc.

  3. Start or continue to maintain copies of medical records for your loved one, and for yourself, as well. These will be beneficial should a grievance arise or if there are questions about medical histories   ...more

Sharing Wisdom

From Bette in PA:  Regarding Caregiver.com
My husband and I, with our three children, cared for my mother for over 10 years at home. During the last three years, I became involved with an online support group as well as beginning one in our community.

One thing I wish I would have thought more about during that time was sharing my mother's story -- sharing what her life was like before she became ill. She had a stroke in 2002. In 2006, she was diagnosed with vascular dementia.

I think in sharing about her life when she was healthy, I would have been given strength in remembering. It's so important for caregivers to remember that although it's hard on the person providing care, the patient has some very real life changes going on as well.

Just wanted to share with you in hopes one day you would prompt others to share their loved ones' likes, dislikes, interests, hobbies and accomplishments.

Take care and Happy New Year.
Hope 2014 is very special for you and your Website.
Sincerely, Bette

From Lisa:  Hello,
Pets need care as they age, right alongside our loved ones, and may have increased vet bills, too. The relationship with our pets is in need of care and understanding. They can suffer when their emotional and/or physical needs are neglected inadvertently. Care plans need to be put in place for them as a guide for everyone involved to keep up with their needs. We should remember that an aging person may stop paying attention to their pet as dementia creeps in.

 

The best ideas and solutions for taking care of your loved one often come from other caregivers. Please post your ideas and insights and we will share them with your fellow caregivers.  

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