Thursday, February 3, 2005, Issue #209

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From The Editor

Gone Phishin'

(fish´ing) (n.)

The act of sending an e-mail to a user falsely claiming to be an established legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft. The e-mail directs the user to visit a website where they are asked to update personal information, such as passwords and credit card, social security, and bank account numbers, that the legitimate organization already has. The Web site, however, is bogus and set up only to steal the user’s information…

I have been getting a lot of mail lately from well-known organizations (e.g., AOL, Paypal, eBay, or a credit card issuer) telling me that I must send them my personal information immediately or dire consequences will ensue.  The only problem with that is I am not a client of many of these organizations.  This is what is known as phishing, a relatively new scam designed to part you from your hard-earned money and coveted credit.   And I’m not alone in receiving these messages. As of 2004, phishing has reached over 57 million Americans compromising of at least 122 well-known brands.  Phishing is also one of the very  last things we need to worry about as caregivers. Of course, as in every scam, the best defense is to become an educated consumer.  The following information is presented by the Federal Trade Commission and will help you from taking the bait from these scurrilous phishing fiends:

  • If you get an email or pop-up message that asks for personal or financial information, do not reply or click on the link in the message. Legitimate companies don’t ask for this information via email. If you are concerned about your account, contact the organization in the email using a telephone number you know to be genuine, or open a new Internet browser session and type in the company’s correct Web address. In any case, don’t cut and paste the link in the message.

  • Review credit card and bank account statements as soon as you receive them to determine whether there are any unauthorized charges. If your statement is late by more than a couple of days, call your credit card company or bank to confirm your billing address and account balances.

  • Use anti-virus software and keep it up to date. Some phishing emails contain software that can harm your computer or track your activities on the Internet without your knowledge.

  • Be cautious about opening any attachment or downloading any files from emails you receive, regardless of who sent them.

  • Report suspicious activity to the FTC. If you get spam that is phishing for information, forward it to  

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Feature Story


By Rosalee Simon

It was June 1994 when the Mayo Clinic officially diagnosed me as having a combination of Systemic Lupus and Multiple Sclerosis. How lucky could I get? I was wheelchair bound, lived alone and worked out of my house.   ...Continued

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Alternative Perspectives: Caring For Children

By Dr. Mitchell Ghen

Caregivers of children, more often than not, will look for alternative means of treatment, especially if conventional modalities are creating side effects, or they are failing. .....Continued

Caring For A Stroke Survivor
With Sleep Apnea

By Deirdre Stewart, RN, PhD

Sleep apnea is common in stroke survivors. Recent studies suggest that as many as 65% of stroke sufferers experience some degree of sleep apnea. ....Continued




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Guest Column

Caregiving for a Parent or Elderly Person
By Patricia St. Clair

Throughout our lives we are usually identified by our roles as son, daughter, brother, sister or parent.As our parents age, however, roles often reverse or take on new meanings. ...Continued


Caring For The Caregiver

Being a caregiver is a stressful and demanding job. There is usually very little, if any opportunity to prepare for a new caregiving situation. ...Continued

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I'm a mom of a 22 year old daughter that was diagnosed with depression. She is telling me that she cuts herself, although I had never seen any evidence until a week ago.  She is on meds for her depression and went to the hospital for a couple of days. I can only go by what she tells me because of her being of age.

She said she had a time this weekend that she wanted to cut herself. She was with her sister and from what I can tell she was having a good time then all of a sudden she went into a nervous fit ( no other words to explain.) Her sister said she just kept saying she wanted to cut herself.   I'm lost.  I don't know what started this and I  don't know anything about "cutting".  Please help me understand so I can help her. 

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
Gone Phishin'
Feature Story
Guest Column
Caregiving For A Parent or Elderly Person