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Today's Caregiver Newsletter
  January 7, 2014 | Issue #677
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Gary Barg • Editor-in-Chief • gary@caregiver.com

Gary Barg
An Interview with Olympia Dukakis

Gary Barg: As someone whose father experienced excruciating bone pain while living with multiple myeloma, I am really grateful for your work with bone pain awareness.  I think it’s hard for family members to truly understand that level of pain. 
 
Olympia Dukakis: Right. You don’t have to live with it. You can reach out and find other solutions. Maybe there is some pain, but there are also solutions.  I think that today, without being too critical of the hospitals, you really have to take your health into your own hands. Get as much information as you can. People do make mistakes and are overworked; there are a lot of things that can happen when you don’t have access.  I think this is an opportunity to get access to improve the quality of life.
 
GB: We always say that the caregiver should become a member of the loved one’s care team. Caregivers must be able to provide information to other members of the team and be heard and be respected for it   ...more
 



 
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Moving Right Along
By Jennifer Wilson, Staff Writer

Among the many challenges caregivers encounter­- from daily grooming regimes to health and safety strategies-- the issue of moving people who can’t safely move themselves is a major concern for all involved, and requires the use and knowledge of proper techniques and equipment, as well as trust   ...more
 


Caregiver New Year Special
 


Grateful for Godot
By Deborah Simmons Harris

While many literary critics might have determined, and not necessarily negatively, that Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” was ‘much ado about nothing’, its historic lack of clear meaning as it reflects life taught me volumes ...more
 


Helpful Tips for the Vision Impaired

Here are ten simple tips to make living with low vision more manageable.

  1. Lighting
    Increase the amount of lighting directly over the task that you are doing. Focus the light directly onto what you are doing. LED lights, natural light and natural daylight bulbs are recommended. Do not use fluorescent lights as fluorescent light causes glare.

  2. Brushing teeth
    Use colored or striped toothpaste as these are easier to see on the white bristles of a toothbrush. Or, simply squirt the toothpaste directly into your mouth and brush!  ...more
     


CareNotes

From Susan:  My mother is in a rapid decline with dementia, as well as other health issues. She is unable to be alone for any time period.

My brother has moved in with her and is with her all the time, providing transportation to doctor visits, making meals, ensuring correct medication and running the house. He has zero income and this is putting a hardship on our family, especially him. My mother's Social Security was greatly reduced when my dad died, so funds are limited.

We have become aware of programs providing funds to home care individuals.
How do we apply? The local agency for aging has referred us to various agencies who refer us to other agencies and we just get the runaround. Please help

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