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Today's Caregiver Newsletter
March 25, 2014  |  Issue #699  
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From the Editor's Pen Gary Barg • Editor-in-Chief • gary@caregiver.com

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The Nancy Snyderman Interview

Gary Barg: In Medical Myths that Can Kill You, you write that “one of the goals of the book is to help us learn how to demand respect and appropriate treatment from the healthcare system that is not always fair.” I have got to tell you this sounds like great advice for family caregivers as well. What do you advise family caregivers when dealing with the healthcare system?

Nancy Snyderman: I think this is particularly true for women. The good manners that our mothers taught us that help us in social situations and open up doors and allow you to have a lovely conversation at a dinner party— those same manners do not serve you well when you are advocating for someone who needs help. I have witnessed it firsthand. I have been that pit bull. I have relied on people to be that pit bull for me. But the reality is the system is complex. It is intimidating. It is labyrinthine. And whether you are the caregiver or the person who is being cared for, it is just downright complicated  ...more

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Friends: A Caregiver's Necessity
By Kristine Dwyer, LSW, Staff Writer

Through many years of working with caregivers, I have been continually reminded of the great importance of friends, especially during the challenges of caregiving years. I have also felt the sadness and loneliness that caregivers’ feel when friends drift away at a time when they are needed most  ...more

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Caring for an Ailing Spouse with Parkinson’s
By Richard N. Sater

The choice to provide care at home marks an important change affecting the lives of both partners. If you choose to be the primary caregiver for your spouse, you will find it is one of the most demanding tasks you’ve ever tackled. It is a major commitment, and not one to be taken lightly  ...more

Coping with Urinary Incontinence
By Dr. Marshall M. Kaplan

When incontinence persists even after medical evaluation and treatment, the degree of the symptoms can vary, but urinary incontinence (the loss of control of urination), can still be difficult to live with.

It is assumed that before one is relegated to those inconveniences and this lifestyle, a complete urological check has been performed for the four basic types of incontinence: overflow incontinence, total incontinence, stress urinary incontinence and urge incontinence. These four types of incontinence can be treated medically and/or surgically to maintain or at least improve continence  ...more

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CareNotes

From MB:   My 90-year-old mother recently started to display paranoia. She has accused her caregivers of putting salt in her bath water and drinking water. She said they were pouring water in her shoes, so she hid four pairs. She said they were throwing itching dust on her and her clothes. Now she's refusing to sleep in her bed or her recliner because she says that she gets shocked. She sits in her wheelchair all day and sleeps in it at night. The doctor has checked her meds and does not feel that she is facing dementia. How should I address her accusations? She begs me to believe her, but what she fears is not happening.

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