The Call. Updated.
This week, as I celebrate my birthday, I also grieve
the phone call I will not receive.
“Beware the Ides of March,” as the saying goes.
Although it may be true in my case, nothing could
have been further from the truth for Sara Kaufman,
also born on this date. I met Sara and her family
shortly after graduating college. My brother and I
were sharing a townhouse in North Miami and the
Kaufmans were our neighbors. From the first
day, they opened their hearts to us. Sara was only
eight years old when we moved into the neighborhood.
Sara was always filled with ideas, concepts and
thoughts which spilled out of her so fast, you soon
realized she was thinking faster than anyone could
possibly talk. Sara became involved in
whatever caught her attention, including politics.
Over the years, as she grew up and I grew old(er),
one gift I could always look forward to on our
shared birthday was her bright, cheerful
mile-a-minute phone call ...more
Let There Be Light
By Erika Hoffman, Staff Writer
“Just Do It!” admonishes the Nike ad. “God helps those
who help themselves” goes the old saw. “Carpe diem” is a philosophy
everyone needs to buy into, including the depressed elderly ...more
Motivate Loved Ones
By Joanne Marttila Pierson, Ph.D.
- You ask your spouse for a plate,
and he hands you a cup.
- Your spouse seems to get “stuck”
on the same word or phrase.
- Your spouse can say words,
but her sentences don’t make sense.
That’s Aphasia ...more
Working Out and Having a Ball
Remember when you were a child and running around the playground,
swimming in the community pool, or building a sand castle was fun? Little did you know
you were not only having fun, but getting a workout too. With all the challenges we face
on a daily basis; caring for our loved-ones, working and cleaning, imagine putting more
fun back into your life through exercise ...more
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From Teresa in Pennsylvania:
I want to encourage those who are caring for loved ones or friends. For 17 years,
I cared for my aunt and on many days, I was overwhelmed. Reading this Caregiver Newsletter and
going to the Caregiver Conference when it came to Philadelphia helped me in so many ways with
other caregivers’ ideas. The most important was to pray a lot and take care of yourself so you
can take care of your loved ones. My godparents and I want to say thank you to Mr. Gary and his
magazine. You have been a blessing.
From Eleanor in Cocoa, FL:
When Mom became wheelchair bound, I found most of our needs online. I found a VMI
van, wheelchairs, Hemi walkers, and a bedside commode at one-third the price or less. I found a
brand new Hoyer lift (ready for the future) at a thrift store. I didn't want to fight for things
we needed. It is hard enough to make sure the doctors are preferred providers for her second
insurance and to keep up with the medication.
I have all her surgeries, medications (how they
are given, with the generic name and name brand), over the counter drugs, medical conditions, and
hospital or urgent care visits on Word and update as needed. All her doctors with phones, addresses
and what they do for her are also on Word. Taking these to doctors’ appointments (they will call you
an angel) is a big help. I give them a copy every time so they can't say they didn't know. I take
our daily date book with all her stats and weight. It takes time to do at first, but once it’s done,
updating is easy. Hope this helps someone.
I wish I had known about this site when I started. It took
me months to find what would work for me. Not a nurse kind of person at all. Did a lot of online
research to make sure none of her medicine would counteract another. I also didn't want her taking
more than five pills every four hours. Some are four times a day. God bless.
The best ideas and solutions for taking care of your loved one often come from other caregivers.
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