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Thursday September 11, 2008 - Issue #397

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

2557 Days Later

Seven years ago today, while writing my column for this newsletter, the unthinkable happened. The date was September 11, 2001 and I was in the middle of a paragraph recounting the terrific time I had while giving a talk in Sioux City, Iowa when the scenes that transfixed the world began to unfold across my television set. The juxtaposition between the terrorists who unleashed such horror and the caregivers I met in Iowa was striking and I commented that no such acts would tear this country apart, rather…Continued


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Feature Article

The Home Caregiver’s Guide to Coping  With the Hospitalization of Your Loved One

By  Deidre A. Grab

As a caregiver, one of the most stressful things you may experience is the hospitalization of your loved one, especially if the hospitalization is in an intensive care unit.  ...Continued

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Caring For An Elder From Far Away: Geriatric Care Managers

By: Terry Weaver, M.P.S., A.C.C.

As an adult, balancing work and elder care can be a challenge whether your parent lives next door or out of state. Add children to this, and the situation becomes compounded. ...Continued

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Caregiver Story
Karen's Story - I Was Both Patient 
and Caregiver at the Same Time

By Karen Evans

I think when one becomes a 24/7 caregiver, they mentally move into that space in which only the take-charge dwell. They develop a tunnel vision which enables them to concentrate on the needs of their loved one without allowing the riffraff of everyday life invade that space. ...Continued

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Home Care Safety for the Caregiver

Improving support and safety throughout the home:

    Have smoke detectors installed near kitchen and bedrooms
    Have safety rails in showers and tubs .....Continued

Have you ever used the Personal Emergency Response System (PERS)?  If so let us know what your experience was.  Email us.

I take care of my 85 year old mother.  Truth be told, some days I really don't like her. Don't get me wrong, I love my mother and would do anything to make her life comfortable but she seems so ungrateful.  I never do anything right (even though I do mostly everything for her).

My husband is saddened by the way she treats me (and him sometimes) and thinks we should put her in a home.  Whenever I mention it, she cries and says she is going to do better, and then I feel sorry for her.  After a couple of days she is back to her old self and even curses at me for wanting to get rid of her.

How do I handle this without getting too angry with her?   I am losing patience.

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2557 Days Later
The Home Caregiver's Guide...
Caregiver Story
Karen's Story


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