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Today's Caregiver Newsletter
  April 15, 2014  |  Issue #705
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Gary Barg • Editor-in-Chief • gary@caregiver.com

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The Dr. Beverly Kidder Interview

Gary Barg: Dr. Kidder, why do you call your book The Gift of Caregiving?

Beverly Kidder:  Two reasons. One, I got sick and tired of hearing and reading about the burden of caregiving, as though that is the only model we have. And, I was inspired one time a couple of years ago to hear a man, whose wife had Alzheimer’s disease, talk about the wonderful gift that he had received from her through the process of caring for her. That just kind of stuck in my mind. I was thinking about my personal experience as a caregiver and recognizing what an opportunity it was for me as a human being to be a caregiver for my mother and I remembered what he said. I thought, I want to balance this notion of burden with the notion of gift  ...more
 


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Electronic Files
and the Caregiver
By Trish Hughes Kreis, Staff Writer

Organized. Caregivers can be called a lot of things (caring, compassionate, self-sacrificing and persistent), but one of the most important traits of a caregiver is being organized. Organization doesn’t always come naturally to people, but it sure can help when keeping track of appointments and medications and lab results and allergies  ...more
 


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Fear of Falling - Preventing Falls
and Fear
By Sharon Roth Maguire,
MS, APRN-BC, GNP, APNP

Most caregivers are aware of the importance of preventing falls. When a fall occurs, the results can be life-changing. While we all realize the significance of a broken bone that may result from a fall, what we sometimes fail to acknowledge is the broken spirit that may occur after a fall   ...more
 


Home Care Tips
for Elderly Loved Ones
By Jennifer B. Buckley

If you are caring for an elderly loved one at home, you should make them as comfortable and safe as possible. This can reduce stress for you, as well as, your loved-one. The more secure your loved-one feels, the less the likelihood of them becoming confused, aggressive, or agitated. There are simple, little changes you can make to ensure a heightened level of contentment for your loved-one  ...more
 

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CareNotes

From Elizabeth:   Hello.
I am up against a huge hurdle and have a very important question I hope you can give me insight on. My 91-year-old father has beginning to mid-dementia. Until two months ago, he lived in Florida. I had to fly there to bring him home to live with me. The only way to bring him here was to tell him that he was coming on "vacation."

My issue is the following. He did a reverse mortgage on his home, which means he must occupy it at all times. I read the fine print and he IS allowed one year of absentee time from the property for extended visits. However, the mortgage company sent him a notice here wanting to know if he is residing at his current dwelling or not. Should I call them and tell them he is here for a visit? I have a Power of Attorney. Thank you for any suggestions.

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