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Today's Caregiver Newsletter
February 25, 2014  |  Issue #691  
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From the Editor's Pen Gary Barg • Editor-in-Chief • gary@caregiver.com

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The Amy Grant Interview

Gary Barg: Like so many family caregivers, you and your sisters have been caring for both parents at the same time and now, for just your dad. That’s never easy. Can you tell me about caregiving for your mom and dad?

Amy Grant: When I came back from a really busy touring schedule in the fall of 2008, I realized my parents were declining, especially my mom.  She was so frail, it was shocking. And so I canceled everything for 2009—all work, all travel, and tried to be home. I tried to do special things with my parents, helping my mom with bathing and getting dressed. About that time, one of my sisters and her husband moved in with my parents. And so, we were just kind of slowly circling the wagons. But dementia is such a different player. We’ve had in-house relatives before. Both my grandmothers lived with my two older sisters in the last three years of their lives, but dementia made it impossible to just carry on in any normal way. Eventually, we had to get round-the-clock care for my mom  ...more

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Getting to the Bottom of Bed-Wetting
By Michael Plontz

Consistently wetting the bed--beyond the age deemed reasonable by society--can be a traumatic experience for a child who doesn’t understand why. Did you know that most children who experience enuresis have at least one parent who had the same problem?  ...more

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Life Lessons Are Not Always Easy
By Mary Muir, M.Ed.

This week has taken me on a journey I never wanted to take. For the first time, my mother does not know me. She has lost all connection to my face, my identity and my voice. For the past five years, Mom has been suffering with Alzheimer’s and lives in a rest home nearby  ...more

5 Wheelchair Van Shopping Tips for Caregivers
By Susan Hawkins

If you’re the caregiver for an individual who uses a wheelchair, owning a wheelchair accessible van is helpful and can be more affordable with these tips.

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From Kathy in Oregon:  I am my dad's caregiver. This summer, my family and I are planning a 10-day trip to Hawaii, but my dad won't be able to come. He doesn't fly. I really don't want someone coming to my house to take care of him because I have a hard time trusting people coming into my house. I've heard horror stories about some caregivers. I was wondering if there is a place I could take him for those 10 days

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