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Today's Caregiver Newsletter
February 18, 2014  |  Issue #689  
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From the Editor's Pen Gary Barg • Editor-in-Chief • gary@caregiver.com

Gary Barg
The Gail Sheehy Interview

Gary Barg: So often, we find that it is a phone call in the middle of the night that marks the beginning of becoming a family caregiver. I was taken by the fact that your caregiving actually did start with a phone call.

Gail Sheehy: Yes. I think it usually does start with a call. Even with a creeping crisis, where nobody really wants to acknowledge that mom is forgetting more than usual and sometimes cannot find her way home. It may go on for a year or two before there finally will be a crisis and mom will be lost; or you will get a call because dad has run a red light and he does not remember how he got into that accident.

My call was from my husband’s surgeon, who two years before, had removed a cyst on Clay’s neck, had it surveyed and it came back that it was benign. Then, these years later, I get a call saying, “You know the cyst on your husband’s neck? We had the slides re-cut and it is actually cancer.”  ...more

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Blood Pressure: It’s a Balancing Act
By Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer

Most people hear about all the symptoms and side effects of high blood pressure. The opposite end of the spectrum can be just as daunting if not kept in check. Low blood pressure is desirable in many cases, unless the reading is too low. Low blood pressure can cause major damage to organs, especially the brain  ...more

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Lessons Caregivers Can Learn
From Private Industry
By Sheryl Leary

Caregivers experience many feelings including self-doubt, questioning their own abilities and whether or not they are “doing the right thing.” Sometimes caregivers question themselves right down to the core and ask “Why am I doing this?” This is when all caregivers can use some of the lessons from private industry and those successful in business and sales  ...more

Fitness at 50+: Five Barriers You Can Beat

While exercise is often touted as a fountain of youth, it often gets harder to do as you get older.

Physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) physicians, also called physiatrists, are doctors who restore and maintain function lost due to injury, illness and age-related conditions such as osteoporosis, arthritis, joint replacements or stroke  ...more

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CareNotes

From Deb:  The caregiver for my parents was hired when my dad was still walking with a walker and pretty much caring for himself. My mom has dementia. Now, my dad is wheelchair bound and needs much more assistance, and my mom still has the dementia issues. We hired the caregiver a year ago for $12.50 an hour. We want to give her a raise, given the increased work load, but don't know how much. Any ideas, please.

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