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Thursday May 21 2009 - Issue #433

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

The Advisory Board

I received an email from a friend I have not seen in many moons. He had moved to Europe a decade ago and has created a new life for himself including a lovely wife whom he met while overseas and a new baby. The email I received was on many levels quite disconcerting. His mom is living here in a northern state and has just turned 93 years old. My friend mentioned that his mom had been going through some changes that he wanted to discuss in the email.  The interesting thing is that this missive was sent to friends as well as family members. The recipients of the email included anyone he thought could add some value to the conversation. 
After a few days of frenzied communiqués flying back and forward across the globe, we (his family and friends)  had in very short order: asked some pertinent questions, sought some professional advice, offered counsel and had a nephew step up to take his aunt out for a dinner date. Soon after their dinner, my friend's cousin reported back to this hastily formed advisory board and the consensus was made that my friend and his sisters needed to take immediate action.  My friend is returning for a two week visit next week and will spend time with his mom and sisters to create a plan of action which can be implemented without delay. 
Not that it is of great import to the story, but the issues at hand have to do with property, potential health challenges and a third marriage (don’t ask.)  The important detail is that he had the presence of mind to involve a trusted group of friends and family members with different but appropriate skill sets to help him develop a plan of action in short order as opposed to his working hard to hide his concerns.  In fact, there were family members on the “advisory board” who have some financial and emotional involvement with the situation, yet the single focus of the conversations never veered from “what can we do to help our aunt or mother.”
I don’t yet know the outcome of the intervention, but I feel quite hopeful, since the first communication was “please help,” which I have come to regard as the most effective two words in the caregiver dictionary.
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Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Planning For the Future
with a Special Needs Child - Part 2
The Parents' Long-Term Needs

By  Harry S. Margolis and Eric Prichard

As if the job of being a caregiver for a special needs child is not difficult enough on its own, Baby Boomers often find themselves becoming dual caregivers for both their children and their own aging parents. Serving in this dual caregiver role often makes them realize that their long-term elder care planning is essential because many special needs children will be unable to provide the same assistance. ...Continued

Care Verse
I Remember You

By  Sandra Hedges

Looking into your eyes I can sense that you are slowly leaving me
When I look into your eyes here is what I can see…
I see a mother, a sister, a friend and a wife
Someone who used to be so full of life....Continued

Guest Column
Little Miracles
By  Dianne M. Ullrich

My  mother died of advanced breast cancer in September 1999.  She had battled the disease for 12 years – successfully for eight of those 12 years.  In 1995 the breast cancer reoccurred in her lung and quickly began to spread to the rib cage and sternum....Continued

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Eating Habits: Suggestions When Feeding Your Elderly Loved Ones
By Ryan Mackey

Alleviate any diversions when eating, and be basic with your meals:....Continued


My mother is 84 years old with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and dementia. She is currently in a nursing home. She is unable to stand or walk on her own so she is in a wheelchair. Her geriatric doctor has recommended she discontinue taking Zocor for her high cholesterol since it can cause pain for the elderly and my Mom has been complaining of back pain, especially when she is being lifted or moved by the nursing home staff.
As her children, and the ones who will be making this decision, we want to know if this is a good idea. 

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Planning for the Future with a Special Needs Child -
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Guest Column
Little Miracles


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