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Thursday October 9, 2008 - Issue #401

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

This Fall - No Falls

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than one third of adults 65 and older fall each year in the United States and among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths. Falls are cited as the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions. They are also one of the main reasons for long term care placements and if your loved one falls and needs placement to recover, the chances are good that they will never return to their home.

So now that I have your attention, it is time for us all to pay attention to what we need to do to help prevent our loved ones from falling. Some of the best advice includes: home modifications, (including clutter reduction), medication management (consult with your loved one's doctor), balance and strengthening exercises as well as regular physical activity.

What better time to remind yourself of the importance of fall prevention for you and your loved ones than in the Fall season. If we all act now, we can look forward to having a better spring in our steps by this Spring.

Watch for the November/December issue of Today's Caregiver magazine which will include even more advice for fall prevention techniques.


Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Soaring Through a Family Meeting

By  Jean Wise

Bess’ Alzheimer’s disease has progressed to late stage. She lives with her husband, Don, in a small town. They have four adult children, three of whom live several hours away and one who lives across the country...Continued

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Caregiving 101

By Michael Plontz

A family member has just been diagnosed with an illness that will eventually require round-the-clock care. Of course you want to be the one giving that care. This decision is usually made without hesitation; ...Continued

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Caregiver Story
The Ultimate Caregiver

By Sara Hodon 

When I think of the ideal caregiver, I immediately think of my grandmother.  She is pushing 80, and has spent her entire life caring for others...Continued

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Tapping the Wellspring of Time and Energy
by Dr. Marie DiCowden

Being a caregiver makes demands on your body, mind and spirit. Failure to take care of ourselves results in a failure to be able to care of others...Continued

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My husband has been a type I diabetic since childhood.  He is a completely non-compliant diabetic.  He lost full vision in one eye 10 years ago.  Lost a leg below the knee 4 years ago, and has severe deformity in the other that may or may not take that one eventually.  He now has severe issues with the retina in the other eye becoming detached, severely, and thinning.  Surgery is very risky, and he will most likely completely lose vision at some point fairly soon.

We have two children, and I currently work full time and am the main wage earner as he is on social security disability, and can no longer drive, etc.

When it comes time that he requires full care, I know that insurance is not going to pay for someone to be there the whole time I work, and so forth.  If I had to leave my job to be his full time caregiver, are there benefits I can receive?  How do families survive this?  

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Inside This Issue:

This Fall - No Falls
Soaring Through a Family Meeting
Caregiver Story
The Ultimate Caregiver


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