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Thursday May 27, 2010 - Issue #487

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    From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Paying It Forward

There was a lady sitting in my assigned seat as I boarded the plane that was to take me to Minneapolis last week. It was painfully early in the morning and as we shifted seats (in the same row), she mentioned that it was her first time flying.  She seemed to be about my age, so I wasn’t sure if she was joking or if maybe there was a tiny hidden camera somewhere and I had stumbled into the taping of a new reality show called “America’s Most Gullible Flyers.”  After a short while, I realized that she was not only telling the truth, but was truly scared about the first takeoff of her life.  I walked her through all the noises and flight attendant instructions and felt good as she regained some color in her cheeks and released her white-knuckled grip on the armrest...continued 

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Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Supporting Caregivers As They Support our Veterans

By Kristine Dwyer, Staff Writer

As the wars rage on in Iraq, Afghanistan and beyond, our Armed Forces continue to be prepared for lengthy overseas deployments, often serving multiple or extended tours of duty. This has created unparalleled stress and trauma; not only on those who serve, but also on their families during these deployments and upon their returns. Families make tremendous sacrifices so that these men and women in uniform can provide military service and advance the cause of freedom throughout the world. ...continued

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Life With Dottie

By Suzanne Ponciroli

I always thought helper dogs were for blind or hearing impaired people. As I began to learn more about these dogs, I realized they also offered a variety of assistance to people with physical limitations.  . ...continued



Twenty Ways to Care for Caregivers

Twenty of the best tips and ideas collected from Caregivers and care managers of the Medicare Alzheimer's Project in Broward and Dade Counties, Florida.

  • Laugh about something everyday 

  • Take care of yourself physically. 

  • ...continued



I hear frequently from family caregivers that they are adjusting their loved ones medications (increasing/decreasing dosage or taking off, putting back on) because they know their loved one best and they believe that a particular situation is a direct result of the medication, etc.

Knowing this is wrong, I suggest to them to contact the physician before altering the medication regime at all.  I am unable to find printed information to show families that their actions are dangerous, potentially harmful, and possibly illegal.

Does anyone have suggestions about  this?


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Paying It Forward

Feature Article

Supporting Caregivers as They Support our Veterans
Guest Column

Life With Dottie

Twenty Ways to Care for Caregivers




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