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June 26, 2014
Issue #726
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From the Editor's Pen Gary Barg • Editor-in-Chief • gary@caregiver.com

Gary Barg

An Advocate Shares

As many of you know, this week we learned that a true caregiving advocate, Joan Lunden, publicly shared her recent breast cancer diagnosis. Our thoughts and prayers are with Joan and her family as they deal with the challenges they will face after this diagnosis. I have met and interviewed Joan a few times and am impressed with her humor, kindness and dedicated family caregiver advocacy.

I believe that her announcement was another example of Joan’s public advocacy as I’m sure that doctors’ visits will be made by those who may have been delaying their mammography appointments for a while  ...more

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Senior Move Managers
By Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer

As parents, grandparents, and other loved ones age, their lifestyles must change as well, including the place they call home. A stressful time in anyone’s life is “moving day”. To leave a home lovingly filled and yes, even cluttered, with decades of memories and memorabilia is an overwhelming task for the person living there, but for the long-distance caregiver, even more so  ...more

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Communication...the Essentials
By William R. Leahy, M.D.

The role of the caregiver has many facets. An effective caregiver, whether a professional or family member, is interested in providing educated, nurturing and loving care to allow patients or loved ones to become as self-sufficient as they might be and to heal with dignity  ...more

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Tips for Keeping Safe at Home with Chemotherapy

As more and more chemotherapy is given in outpatient clinics and at home, it is extremely important that caregivers and patients understand the risks and hazards that household members may be exposed to. Chemotherapy can be given via a portable infusion pump or in pill form. In both cases it is possible for cancer drugs to unintentionally come in contact with caregivers.

When chemotherapy is given in any form, the body must then get rid of it after it’s done its job. This means that the drugs leave the body in a patient’s stool and urine. It can also be present in emesis. Traces of chemotherapy drugs may be found in and on toilets, in disposable diapers or any clothing or laundry that a person has soiled after having a treatment. Cleaning the bathroom or handling body wastes or soiled laundry can expose you to these chemotherapy drugs  ...more

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An Observation on Alzheimer’s
By Monica Henry

I saw her from a distance
Carefully keeping in step with the world,
the rules, the time.
Cautious – never straying too far
Captive – in her safety zone
Watching – yet wanting to see
Listening – yet wanting to hear
Walking – yet wanting to run.
Her energy depthless
Her love deep and passionate
Her yearnings immeasurable
While slivers of her existence
detach secretly from her delicate soul.
I see her closer now
Keeping to her own rhythm
Slower – but in tune
Seeing – but not watching
Hearing – but not listening
Running – but only in her mind.

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