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Wednesday September 2, 2009 - Issue #448

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

The Experts Speak

One of my favorite things I like to do in this life has little to do with me at all.  It is when I am able to facilitate conversation, advice and support between my favorite caregiving experts – family caregivers.  This fall, as I travel the country to host Fearless Caregiver Conferences in rural, urban and suburban communities, I know that I am traveling to discover the wisdom that is within each and every family caregiver I will encounter along the way. Every conversation I have with family caregivers is guaranteed to add one extra piece to the caregiving puzzle that I hope to share with you and in the pages of Today's Caregiver magazine. I say all of this because I am awed by the overwhelming support you have offered to the caregiver highlighted in last week’s newsletter.   The following is a representative selection of the answers you sent. sounds perfect for this woman and her husband...Continued

Although you do not belong to an organized religion...Continued

The only option that I can think of is to either hire a home health agency...Continued

I can't offer advice or help, but I wanted you to know I have some idea of your situation...Continued

I have provided an assortment of care services for my father for the last 26 years...Continued

I’m an Elder in our church in Ukiah...Continued

This is the most difficult issue to face caregivers...Continued

As I read and print your newsletter every week for our MS support group...Continued

I think this proves without the shadow of a doubt that the only inappropriate question from a caregiver is the unasked one.  SO, now your goal is to reach out to the next family caregiver you meet (in the pharmacy line, the doctors waiting room, support groups, hair salon) and ask them the question “What helps you get through the day?” Email me your responses before next Tuesday and I will include them in next week’s newsletter. I think you will be happily surprised at what you will learn from your fellow experts.
Happy Labor Day weekend to all.    


Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article


Alzheimer's: Stepping Into The Leadership Role

By  Daniel Kuhn, LCSW, MSW  

Since the person with AD no longer possesses the mental skills to be completely independent, a special brand of leadership is called for. At least one person must assume overall authority for ensuring the well-being of the person with AD but it is best to include others too if at all possible....Continued

Care Verse

By Frank Benoit

Living with a person who has dementia
Is like dealing with someone in absentia.
She is not the girl you used to know;
Not the same personality - oh no! ...Continued

Guest Column
When a Loved One Needs a Skilled Nursing Facility
By Trish Hughes Kreis

My brother recently needed to stay in a skilled nursing facility (SNF) for two months. My brother. Not my mother.  Not my father. Not my Great Aunt Josie (not that I actually have a Great Aunt Josie). My 43-year-old-brother. ...Continued

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The most loving gift a person can give to one’s family is to put your affairs in order before a disaster or medical emergency. To assist in providing that gift, Today’s Caregiver has compiled the following list. The information and documents you should have prepared:...Continued


I work in a hospital where I teach families how to be caregivers. I am also a caregiver for my husband who has dementia. I have heard our staff Psychiatrist say that there is nothing we can do to manage behavior problems of demented older adults; that the best we can do is load them with drugs that knock them out. 

It really feels like a pessimistic and dismissive attitude to me. I am so afraid that my husband will be treated by someone with that attitude: throw medicines at him just to control a disturbing behavior rather than try to ensure a quality of life for him during a very difficult illness.

What can I do to make sure my husband continues to have a life that means something to him but without being zonked out?

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Inside This Issue:

The Experts Speak
Alzheimer's: Stepping Into The Leadership Role
Guest Column
When a Loved One Needs a Skilled Nursing Facility


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