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Thursday September 18, 2008 - Issue #3

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Please Help

Hurricane Ike devastated parts of the Gulf Coast last week and our friends, family members and fellow caregivers need your help.

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You can also use your cell phone to donate $5 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund by text messaging they keyword "GIVE" to "2HELP" (24357). You can send multiple donations depending on your carrier. Contributions will appear on monthly bills or be debited from a pre-paid account balance. All applicable text rates apply.

Thank You.



Take care

Gary Barg

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Let's Talk About It - September 2008
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Feature Article

Can Rover Come Over?

By  Cheryl  Ellis, Staff Writer 

We all love our pets, and our attachment to them varies from one individual to another.  In cases of the infirm or elderly, the attachment to a pet may be much more intense.   ...Continued

Additional Articles:

My Mother's Keeper: The Eye Doctor Appointment

By: Beverly Bernstein Joie, MS, CMC

For the past several years, my step-sister had been taking my mom to see the ophthalmologist. They had their routine; Cindy would drop her off for the appointment and then pick her up after it.  ...Continued

Today's Caregiver magazine - Digitial Edition

Sept/Oct issue

Caregiver Story
One Daughter's Story:
Caring for a Parent in my Home

By Kristine Dwyer, LSW, Staff Writer

Caregiving can begin with a moment’s notice, as Beth discovered. Her elderly mother, widowed and living independently in the Midwest, had suffered a disabling stroke.  ...Continued

(Do you have a story? Tell us.)


Nine Ways to Get Someone to Eat 
by Jennifer B. Buckley

A common nutritional problem that can affect care recipients in poor health is cachexia-anorexia and it especially involves those in advanced stages of Alzheimer’s, Cancer and AIDS. Cachexia-anorexia is a syndrome in which progressive and involuntary weight loss occurs.  .....Continued

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

My dad is 92 years old and suffers from dementia.  He now lives in a Nursing Home and they take pretty good care of him.  He and my Mom were married for 65 years before she suddenly passed away 2 years ago at age 90.

Dad is still grieving terribly over his loss, and each time we visit, he will talk about the old times and then suddenly asks for Mom.  It's like he forgets and we have to tell him all over again that she passed away, and then he starts the grieving process all over again like it was yesterday.  It is as if he gets sadder and sadder with each passing day.  The nurses at the Home try their best to deal with it when he gets like that but seeing him so sad affects everyone.

How do we approach it so that some of his sadness will go away? It might not go away, but how do we lessen the effect, so that it does not get any worse?

Answer This Week's CareNote:
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Inside This Issue:

Please Help
Can Rover Come Over?
Caregiver Story
One Daughter's Story


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