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Tuesday  November 24, 2009 - Issue #460

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

The Great Google Machine

I tell our attendees at the Fearless Caregiver Conferences that I am contacted regularly by caregivers seeking advice and services in their communities, either by phone or email.  I then  tell them that I am never once wrong in my responses.  After that bit of unwarranted bravado sinks in, I swear them to secrecy and then tell them how I do it.  It’s quite simple.  I look up to the great Google machine in the sky and find the contact information for the agencies on aging in their community.

I have found over the years, and especially these past few months hosting 11 rural Fearless Caregiver events, that the first thing a caregiver in need must do is reach out for support.  There was not one community in which I have visited, from major city to rural community, that the questions that arose were not best answered by seeking support.  This is one reason we are   honored that Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will be joining us next week at our 90th Fearless Caregiver Conference in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Secretary Greenlee has been collecting many more air miles than I have, spending time at conferences across the nation; but we are extraordinarily honored that this will be the first family caregiver event that she will be participating in since her nomination. 

So much of the support available for family caregivers comes from the aging organizations through the Administration on Aging and we couldn't think of a more appropriate person to lead the  charge. Not only was she Secretary of Aging for the state of Kansas, but also the state’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman (one of my most favorite words). Prior to that, she served as general counsel at the Kansas Insurance Department and as an elder law attorney and professor.

Sounds like she is right on par with the great Google machine in the sky. 
Join us for the day in Port St. Lucie


Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article


Early Detection of Alzheimer's Disease

By Kristine Dwyer, Staff Writer

Dementia itself is not a disease, but rather a set of symptoms that accompany specific diseases.  Dementia is a general term for the loss of memory, language and recognition that is severe enough to interfere with everyday life....Continued

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Long Distance Caring During the Holidays
By: Emily Carton 

It is not uncommon for families to be separated by great distances during the holidays. But what happens when one or both parents reach a stage in their lives where they appear to be frail and vulnerable? ...Continued

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Surviving The Holidays
By: Jennifer Kay, L.C.S.W.

Holidays and special occasions can bring out the best and the worst in us. The prospect of wonderful, happy times abound, filling us with somewhat unrealistic hopes for our relationships. We are often disappointed by how these special occasions turn out.  ...Continued


My father-in-law is in a nursing home.  I asked how to handle his attention to the ladies, and was told to "Take the door off".   Well, the nursing home said the fire regulations will not allow them to do that.  So, they've increased his progesterone and anti-depression meds.  The lady now says she's married to him.  He does not admit to being married to her.  

Both Doctors say they are of  "sound mind".  They are both going to see a psychiatrist and hopefully he will say they are NOT of sound mind.  THEN the nursing home can  be more assertive about keeping the door open, etc., etc.

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Inside This Issue:

The Great Google Machine
Early Detection of Alzheimer's Disease
Guest Column
Long Distance Caring During the Holidays


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