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Wednesday  November 11, 2009 - Issue #458

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Meeting My Waterloo

I’ve been traveling the highways and byways this fall talking with caregivers in rural serving communities. Not only have I driven through some of the most beautiful parts of the country, and had some of the freshest and most memorable food, but I have also met with rooms filled with motivated, caring and giving caregivers.  In fact, after one such event in Waterloo, Iowa, put on by the good folks at the Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging, the word that resonates through my mind is – sneaky.

I have been talking for years about the value of well-placed sneakiness as a family caregiver, but I am a true believer now.  When I use the word “sneaky,” I only mean it in the most positive way; in fact, it is a vitally important tool for you to use as a family caregiver.

One of the best examples of this concept came from an unexpected source.  Whenever a question about getting a loved one to stop driving comes up early in the morning, I am usually tempted to defer it to the last half hour of the session because it will typically swamp all other concerns. As the panel and the caregivers in the room were answering one such question, a slight elderly lady raised her hand.  She told us in a surprisingly booming voice that if you took the car key to the dealer, they can make a duplicate key which will turn when placed in the ignition, but will not engage the motor.  Her husband would go out to the garage for an extended period of time trying to get the car started with this dummy key, and finally come inside asking her to drive him. He was too embarrassed to tell her that he could not start the car.

Now that’s my kind of sneaky.
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Take care

Gary Barg

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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, who are anxious and unsure of what to do as their mother continues to decline. It is time for a family meeting, but where do they start?.....Continued

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By: Chris Cremean, LSW

Caregivers need all the help they can get. One of the most difficult barriers to helping a loved one is knowing the best approaches to addressing the issues that need to be addressed. It all comes down to building, or in some cases, rebuilding relationships with those loved ones. There are three areas that need to be tackled: communication, planning, and family dynamics. . ...Continued

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By: Geri Hall, PhD, ARNP, GCNS-BC, FAAN  

Always make sure the doctor does an evaluation to rule out infections, tumors, etc. for both urinary or bowel incontinence. If the patient is still early in the disease, there are two frontotemporal dementia-specific issues:  ...Continued


Hello - I hope you can help me with this. I am currently the care giver/companion for an older gentleman. He has COPD & occassionally coughs until he passes out. His wife is a long haul truck driver & is rarely home, so she has me staying with him for safety sake (the last time he passed out, he fell & hit his head on a table). She would like to be able to deduct room, board & any monies paid to me on her tax return. 

Are there any special rules/regulations pertaining to this situation? Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated as I have no idea where to start with this.

Thank you for your time. 

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Meeting My Waterloo
Soaring Through a Family Meeting
Guest Column
Starting the Conversation


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