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Wednesday February 17, 2010 - Issue #472

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    From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Alive and Kicking

When people ask why we at Today’s Caregiver magazine and have been as committed to hosting live events around the nation over the past 15 years as we are, one story (among many) comes to mind.

A few years ago, we were at the Union League in downtown Philadelphia. Our keynote speaker was the remarkable Della Reese and we were surrounded by original portraits of our nation’s presidents hanging on the mahogany walls in this refurbished 17th century meeting house...continued 

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Feature Article

The Caregiver as Employer

 By Jude Roberts, Staff Writer

When hiring a professional in-home caregiver, there are a couple of ways in which they can be selected, either from an agency which specializes in screening and placing professional caregivers, or by doing the research, interviewing, screening, and hiring all on your own. Keep in mind that if you hire a professional caregiver on your own, you will be entirely responsible for paying certain types of taxes that may be new to you, as well as having to know which taxes your new employee should be paying as well. Although you’ve hired a professional caregiver, who is much more than just a “domestic housekeeper”, the IRS will recognize you as the employer of a domestic.
If you pay your professional caregiver more than $1400 in cash wages per calendar year (note: the IRS may change this amount annually), you will be expected to file payroll taxes on such things as: Social Security & Medicare

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Animals as Caregivers

By Frances Maguire Paist


“It’s funny how dogs and cats know the insides of folks better than other folks do, isn’t it?” With those words written in 1912, Pollyanna author Eleanor Porter foreshadowed what many of our nation’s leading long-term care facilities have learned only recently, that animals hold the one of the keys to graceful aging.
Indeed, it wouldn’t be until 79 years later, in 1991, that Geriatrician Dr. William Thomas would formulate the Eden Alternative, a long-term nursing care approach designed with the idea of home sweet home in mind. Dr. Thomas countered the long-held belief that disease, disability and decline are the purview of the older generation, stating instead that the real problems for our elders are loneliness, helplessness and boredom, all of which lead to spiritual decay. In New York’s Chase Memorial Nursing Home where he piloted his program by introducing “close and continuing contact with plants, animals and children,” "the mortality rate (decreased) by more than 15%, medication use...continued



Forty-Eight Mental Breaks for Caregivers  

Caregiving takes a lot of time. Even if you had spare time to daydream in the first place, it’s probably gone now. However you must give yourself a mental break once in a while. The following list is intended to make you think back to a simpler time in your past, and possibly one in your future. Use them sparingly (one at a time), or be a glutton (overdose on all of them at the same time). The goal here is to make you feel better. If you really want to make yourself feel better, use this as a “to do” list... Continued



I have cared for my mother 24/7 for eight years now. Although she has Alzheimer's/dementia, she is still totally aware of every one and every thing around her. She has numerous health problems but remains feisty, funny, and loving. I need to earn money from home to keep her here and not in a nursing home. Has anyone found something doable? Thanks.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Alive and Kicking

Feature Article

The Caregiver as Employer
Guest Column

Animals as Caregivers

Forty-Eight Mental Breaks for Caregivers




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I am fortunate to run an Alzheimer's Support Group. It's a great learning experience, plus making new friends. The greatest tip I can give is to educate all caregivers to seek out a support group. It is important in so many ways; you get a few hours of necessary respite, education and tips in your field... continued




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