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January 9, 2014  |  Issue #678  
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From the Editor's Pen Gary Barg • Editor-in-Chief • gary@caregiver.com

Gary Barg
A Dog Day

I owe my veterinarian an apology (or rather, Morris’ vet). This is the same family-run veterinarian clinic that I have been taking my pets to since I was 11 years old. How this relates to family caregiving is coming up.

Late last year (two weeks ago), I took Morris in to see his doctor and started to run through an actual list of things I thought needed to be checked out. The questions literally ranged from head to tail. As the vet was running around in response to my requests to check this and that, I realize now that it seemed like the scene out of the Lucy Show where she and Ethel were trying to keep up with a fast moving conveyor belt in a chocolate factory  ...more


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Caregivers and Clinical Trials:
How Trials Can Help Your Loved One
By Abimbola Farinde, PharmD.,MS

Most of us have heard about clinical trials, whether it is through newspaper/print advertisements, Website promotions for enrollment, or simply by word of mouth from friends, colleagues, or family members. But many of us don’t really understand what is involved or even why we should consider participating in the first place  ...more

Caregiver New Year Special

Comparing Simple Living Trusts And Wills
By Michael Palermo

The possibility of leaving assets outright to minor children may be the greatest disadvantage of the simple Will. If the parents die while the children are minors, a guardian must be appointed over the children's inherited assets (and over the kids themselves), and this is a cumbersome form of property ownership  ...more

Hypothermia and Older Adults
Tips for staying safe in cold weather

Frigid weather can pose special risks to older adults. The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, has some advice for helping older people avoid hypothermia — when the body gets too cold — during cold weather.

Hypothermia is generally defined as having a core body temperature of 95 degrees Fahrenheit or lower and can occur when the outside environment gets too cold or the body's heat production decreases. Older adults are especially vulnerable to hypothermia because their bodies’ response to cold can be diminished by underlying medical conditions such as diabetes and by use of some medicines, including over-the-counter cold remedies ...more

CareVerse

Touched By A Nurse
By Judy Kay Goodridge

She walked into the room softly
To see if I was awake.

I could tell that she was tired,
But her smile was sincere and not fake.

She tenderly turned my body.
She sensed the pain and ache.

Her touch was oh so gentle
She was like that every day.

Tears filled these old weary eyes,
Emotion was more than I could bare.

No it was not from pain in my body.
Only relief that she did care.

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