Wednesday, November 2,  2005, Issue #247

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From The Editor

Fred's Wife

After this past week, I am going to have to swear off one of my favorite sources of news and information – the “Nick at Night” cable channel, that is, of course, after my power comes back on.  First of all, we in South Florida are not too happy with Fred Flintstone’s wife (Wilma) and all week the theme song from Gilligan’s Island has been running through my head “No phones, no lights, no motorcars, not a single luxury…”  Although to be honest, gas has been easier to find since the weekend, our phones have come back on and the power is slowly returning to our homes. Not mine yet, but one can hope.

One other thing that last Monday’s hurricane has altered for me, is my conversation about creating an informal support network.  Oh, I still believe in the need to have your network in place in case of emergencies, but I have learned something of great value about not being too rigid on the concept of where you will be able find support when needed.  Although the folks I can always count upon came through as expected, I was happily surprised about the nature and direction of much of the support we received. 

As they say, “Good fences make good neighbors”, but once mine came down, neighbors that I didn’t know before took to hammer and nail and helped us put it back up, not once, but twice. A neighbor that I have never even met before came by and asked if we had ice, when we responded that we had none, they came back two hours later with two bags for us. And, as the power is being restored in a checkerboard fashion, some neighbors with and some without, the power cords cross the street like shoelaces.  Now, I have lived through my share of hurricanes, so I’m sure that there is the chance that these relationships will wane as the power returns and we all return to our own lives in our air conditioned caves with the doors locked and the televisions running.  But, for the most part, I hope that doesn’t happen.  I now know that the next time someone is in need in the neighborhood, I won’t be too quick to make assumptions of where the help will come from. And, no matter what part of the world you live in, that’s a hurricane lesson from which we can all learn. 

See you next week in Sacramento.

Take care
Gary Barg


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Feature Article

Medicine Gone Wireless
By Kate Shuman, Staff Writer

The future of telemedicine in America is rapidly improving through the advancements of mobile and wireless technology. ....Continued

Additional Articles::

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By Julie Totten

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Don’t Let Depression Get You Down
By Michael Plontz

Caregiving can sometimes be a depressing venture.  Not only does it usually involve someone we love deteriorating before our eyes, our own lives become completely rearranged. ...Continued




Guest Column

Art Therapy Q&A
by Diane Alvy, M.A. ATR-BC


My husband attends an adult day care center  offering regular art classes and art therapy groups. Which program is better for people with cognitive impairments?....Continued


Arthritis Tips
By Ryan Mackey

Few diagnoses can create such a transition from the routine in life, as does arthritis. Activities such as sports, traveling, and driving are often too painful to continue, and realizing the physical limitations can be disappointing...Continued

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I am new  to Alzheimer's. I recently started taking care of my Aunt. From what I have read and learned, she is in the 2nd stage. I have enjoyed taking care of her so much that I am now taking classes in the field for a future job. What a wonderful field it is! Full of new challenges everyday. Her daughter though is still in denial which I can understand. She comes to me for advise when situations arise that she can't handle. Some I can guide her through and some I have to research. Her latest question I am unable to find information on. She has noticed that her mother seems to be having "accidents" during the night. The smell of urine is unmistakable in her room. I have found soiled clothes in interesting places while I was there as well. What is the best way to approach the subject of adult diapers to an Alzheimer's patient? My Aunt, of course doesn't remember the accident so her reality is that she is not having a problem. Without arguing her reality or taking away her dignity, I don't know how to advise her on this. Does anyone out there have any suggestions for her? I would appreciate any advise.

Thank you,


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
Fred's Wife
Feature Article
Medicine Gone Wireless
Guest Column
Art Therapy Q&A



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