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Today's Caregiver Newsletter
  January 30, 2014 | Issue #684
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Gary Barg • Editor-in-Chief • gary@caregiver.com

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Today's Caregiver™ Friendly Award 2014 Nominations

What do personal emergency response systems (PERS), bathroom fall prevention products, incontinence supplies, home safety products, and home monitoring systems all have in common? (And, as of this year, long-term care facilities?)

These are descriptions of some of our Caregiver Friendly Award winners from the past 11 years.  They also represent thousands of hours of loving labor by their producers and manufacturers, all working with one thought in common: “What can I do to help the life of the family caregiver become easier?” 

Every year, we are truly impressed by the quality of the entries into the award program. But what I am most excited about is the wide variety of industries that are now sending in entries, and the incredible work they are producing with family caregivers in mind. The deadline for Today's Caregiver™ Friendly Award entries is April 21, 2014  ...more

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Children of Stroke
and Potty Training
By Jude Roberts, Staff Writer

Stroke is among the top ten causes of death in children. The most common types of strokes in children are prenatal stroke (before birth), perinatal stroke (happening around the time of birth), and childhood stroke. Stroke in kids can be caused by cardiac disorders, clotting disorders (blood isn’t coagulating properly), or even some types of infection ...more

Caregiver New Year Special

Caring for Loved Ones with Dementia: Communication is Key
By Shanon Raynard

Each person living with dementia is unique; as their dementia symptoms progress, they journey down a path entirely their own. Their caregivers make this same journey, in a way. Over time, caregivers must adapt to meet their loved one’s evolving needs and abilities ...more

Choosing Well:
Long-Term Care Facilities
By Hilary Gibson, Staff Writer

One of the hardest things a caregiver will ever have to do is to know when it’s time for their loved one to go into a long-term care facility. Often, caregivers will go long past the point of when they should have incorporated help from the outside. Sometimes, it’s their own fear of failing as a caregiver and the fear of letting someone down that stands between themselves, their loved ones, and an improved quality of life for both. Identifying some of the following may help make the decision process a little easier, and define certain things a little more clearly for you ...more


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Sharing Wisdom

From Cam in Maryland:  I recently joined the primary caregivers’ club. My dad passed at 90. He was a big help with my mom and allowed me some freedom. I am now trying to hire caregivers and establish a schedule that allows me some downtime and not place me in the “poor house.” How is it that Medicare manages not to cover or assist in coverage for caregiving? Haven’t we paid into this all these years? After reading the posts, I know I am blessed and can carry on. Caregiving is not for the faint of heart, but you do what you have to do. Sometimes, you can feel so alone. It’s nice to know there is a world out there just a keystroke away. I wish you all patience, strength, endurance and wisdom. Be blessed.

From Lola in California:  I will try to avoid making assumptions because, in The Four Agreements, author Don Miguel Ángel Ruiz says it will help us to achieve happiness.
Ruiz emphasizes: 

None of us can read minds.
You can't read others’ minds
and they cannot read yours.
Always ask clarifying questions.
Don't assume you know the truth;
make sure to ask and mirror what you
heard so you truly understand.
Express what you really want.
People can't read your mind.
You'd be surprised by what you can gain
if you just ask for it.


The best ideas and solutions for taking care of your loved one often come from other caregivers. Please post your ideas and insights and we will share them with your fellow caregivers.

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