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Wednesday April 8, 2009 - Issue #427

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Good Medicine For All

I know of no more dedicated people than the professional caregivers I have met over the past fourteen years of publishing Today’s Caregiver magazine and In fact, when the news breaks about elder abuse, it is usually the professional caregivers who are first to email or write me with advice and tips for family caregivers. The insidious thing about elder abuse is that it can be committed by anyone with financial or physical access to our loved ones: friend, professional or family member. Unfortunately, there have been some high profile cases of abuse in the news recently, so here are some of the best advice I have seen:

  • Bruises, pressure marks, broken bones, abrasions, and burns may be an indication of physical abuse, neglect, or mistreatment.
  • Unexplained withdrawal from normal activities, a sudden change in alertness, and unusual depression may be indicators of emotional abuse.
  • Bruises around the breasts or genital area can occur from sexual abuse.
  • Sudden changes in financial situations may be the result of exploitation.
  • Bedsores, unattended medical needs, poor hygiene, and unusual weight loss are indicators of possible neglect.
  • Behavior such as belittling, threats, and other uses of power and control by spouses are indicators of verbal or emotional abuse.
  • Strained or tense relationships, frequent arguments between the caregiver and elderly person are also signs.

Where to report abuse  

There have been some recent technological advances which allow us to monitor our loved ones living alone, including Avaak’s Vue personal video network and Tender Tidings , a 2008 Caregiver Friendly Award recipient

Whatever you do, being aware, partnering with those who care for your loved ones, and being diligent is the best medicine to prevent elder abuse from occurring on your watch.


Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Geriatric Care Manager

By  Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer

Caregiving can become an unexpected necessity if a senior experiences a sudden illness. We expect the elderly to have special challenges with the passing years......Continued

Additional Article
Driving: When Aging Illness Makes it Difficult

By  Sandra Ray, Staff Writer

Many individuals  believe getting that first driver’s license a right of passage – a testament that adulthood and freedom have arrived. In light of increased scrutiny and legislation concerning older drivers...Continued

Guest Column
Family and Care in the Community
By  Mark Kostich

Clinical literature has long documented that animal companionship can help the pain and discomfort associated with many of life’s greatest transitions. Animal companionship has helped during the time of military transfers, broken hearts, terminal illnesses, lost loved ones and teenagers going away to college. ...Continued

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Caring For An Elder From Far Away: Geriatric Care Managers
By Mark Ellerby

I think the social isolation of people with mental illnesses experienced as a result of the policy of  care in the community magnifies the therapeutic importance of the family immensely, even and especially whilst living in Sheltered Accommodation. ...Continued


Last month I had to quit my job to be a caregiver to my spouse due to Alzheimer's, and who is already disabled. I am 58yrs old and 4 years away from my social security. My husband receives disability which now is our only source of income. I can not seem to find the right contact to apply for financial assistance. I did qualify for income for utility assistance for our heat.

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Inside This Issue:

Good Medicine for All
Geriatric Care Manager
Guest Column
Family and Care in the Community


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