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Wednesday July 7, 2010 - Issue #493

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Sticks and Stones

As family caregivers, the best support we can offer our loved ones usually occurs when we see ourselves as full and equal members of his or her professional care team. That certainly makes sense and is quite easy to say, but there are many differences to overcome between family and professional caregivers once we receive that metaphorical phone call in the middle of the night telling us that something is amiss with a loved one. One difference in particular is, of course, that the professional caregivers on your loved one’s team have many years of practical experience and education in their chosen field. We, on the other hand, get about a minute to collect our thoughts and start our new lives as family caregivers. This means that we are destined to be playing catch-up as many new words become crucial elements of our new language of caregiving. Unfortunately, many of the words and concepts can have unjustifiably negative connotations which they do not deserve.  For example:....continued 

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Feature Article

It's About Life

By Betsy Murphy, FNP, CHPN

Only 10 percent of Americans will die suddenly. The remainder of us (90 percent) will decline slowly, growing weaker until we die. Because this process is so gradual, we often don’t recognize that a loved one is approaching the final weeks of life. This may be why most Americans, around 80 percent, die in institutions, ...continued

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By  Rosalee Simon 

It was June 1994 when the Mayo Clinic officially diagnosed me as having a combination of Systemic Lupus and Multiple Sclerosis. How lucky could I get? I was wheelchair bound, lived alone and worked out of my house. I had help during the day with cooking, cleaning and personal hygiene. My house was designed with me in mind, a ranch with no steps, wide hallways and doors and a roll-in shower.....continued


Top Ways to Get Someone to Eat

A common nutritional problem that can affect care recipients in poor health is cachexia-anorexia and it especially involves those in advanced stages of Alzheimer’s, Cancer and AIDS. Cachexia-anorexia is a syndrome in which progressive and involuntary weight loss occurs...continued



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From the Editor

Sticks and Stones

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