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Wednesday May 5, 2010 - Issue #484

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    From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Through the Woods

To Grandmother’s (and Mom’s) house we go this weekend all across the country to visit our dear moms and grandmas.  If you are a long-distance caregiver, this trip offers an opportunity to spend time with loved ones and take stock of how well they are doing on their own.  

Some of the things you may want to check on while in the house:...continued 

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Gary Barg

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Feature Article

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Foods for Stroke

By Marie Santangelo, Staff Writer

The word “stroke” conjures up feelings of anxiety and fear even when it has not touched our lives personally.  When caregivers of stroke patients face the reality of stroke and its aftermath, anxiety and fear pervade care. 

Often, we second guess our decisions as we care for others, but the second guessing becomes more vivid when loved ones have acute issues, like stroke.  We worry that we did not give medication properly, stress over small arguments that may have “caused” the incident, and more.

Depending on the degree of impairment after a stroke, our own health may take a turn into neglect as we pour more of ourselves into caregiving.  If we can put ourselves into a mindset that incorporates self care into our daily routine, we will be less apt to dismiss our needs.
Finding a balance in improving our loved one’s health and keeping our own is a venture into more loving care experiences.  Society is making a shift toward a new attitude when it comes to taking care of loved ones.  As more people become informed about what it takes to be a caregiver, the expectations others have of caregivers become more realistic...continued


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Is a Registered Dietitian Part of Your Home
Health Care Team?

By Rita Miller-Huey

Has a registered dietitian ever visited you in your home to talk to you and your loved one about their diet and health? Poorly nourished adults have higher sickness and death rates than those who receive optimal nutrition. There are many contributing factors to our elders possibly being at nutritional risk. Their age and disease condition are major factors. Their appetite and attitude have a huge influence on their nutritional intake, also. If you offer them the finest in healthy food, and they can't or won't eat, it can be a very frustrating situation.

However, it is worth the effort to get creative-or even devious-to ensure optimum nutritional intake. Functional status is decreased as a result of poor nutrition. Studies have shown that about 40% of older adults are not getting adequate amounts of three or more nutrients! The same people experience an increase in hospital admissions and the length of hospital stays. They have more disease...continued



Fitness at 50+: Five Barriers You Can Beat 

While exercise is often touted as a fountain of youth, it often gets harder to do as you get older.

Physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) physicians, also called physiatrists, are doctors who restore and maintain function lost due to injury, illness and age-related conditions such as osteoporosis, arthritis, joint replacements or stroke. They often prescribe exercise to prevent and treat many of these conditions, working with their older patients to help them get the right kind of exercise so that they can remain active and independent. PM&R physicians offer these tips to help caregivers and their loved ones overcome five common fitness obstacles:

OBSTACLE: Declining strength

What you can do: Use your endurance. It’s true we lose muscle mass as we age, and older people have been told that weight training will help prevent this loss of strength and keep them young. However, many seniors find they can’t lift the heavy weight experts say is necessary to actually build muscle. A recent study has shown that while muscle strength diminishes with age, muscle endurance does not. You may benefit from working muscles longer - doing more repetitions - with lighter weights. Exercises that emphasize endurance, such as swimming, walking or biking, may be more enjoyable and beneficial for you and your loved one than those that require great strength... Continued



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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Through the Woods

Feature Article

Foods for Stroke
Guest Column

Is a Registered Dietitian Part of Your Home Health Care Team?

Fitness at 50+: Five Barriers You Can Beat




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