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 Tuesday July 27, 2010 - Issue #496

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

A Friend's Homecoming

I just received an email from a friend who I hadn’t been in touch with for some time.  He had moved back home to help his mom care for his dad. Although my friend had recently been promoted at his old job at a leading communications company before deciding to leave, he had been very lucky to find a similar position in his hometown. Both of his new job roles were demanding and time-consuming; but he dedicated himself to his new position, as well as helping to care for his parents. He worked hard to make sure that his difficult new boss and his loving parents were happy.
Amid the business trips, late hours and long meetings would be doctors’ appointments to his dad’s cardiologists, rheumatologists and oncologists. This is, of course, not an unfamiliar story to most caregivers, and it helped that his mother was in extremely good health and was greatly involved with his dad’s healthcar…continued

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Gary Barg
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Q.  As my parents have aged, they are on more medications.  I worry about their effect and if they are taking them correctly. What should I be doing to help them and reassure me?

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Where to Turn for Help
Caregiving in rural America carries a unique set of challenges. Medical care and other health and social services are few and far between, and transportation is scarce.  Meanwhile, poverty and a lack of younger family members in these areas present still more impediments to securing necessary care for loved ones...continued

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Functional Flexibility Activities for Older Adults

By Lori Peppi Michiel

For aging adults going from inactivity to activity, flexibility training may offer a good start towards a healthy lifestyle. This type of training may lack the high profile of cardiovascular exercise and strength training, but it can improve range of motion, decrease pain and soreness after exercise, improve posture, and decrease muscle tension...continued



Avoiding Drug Interactions

According to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, more than 34 percent of seniors take medications prescribed by more than one physician and 72 percent take medications that were prescribed more than six months ago. This is one reason why caregivers need to be aware of the potential for drug interactions....continued



When reasoning is “out of the question,” sometimes I find that silence with a nod can be a quick cure all for an impending argument (disagreement?). Go out for a few minutes to catch a breather. Come back oblivious to whatever transpired before the breather, and see if things have indeed settled down. This has worked for me since my mother has started to show signs of dementia. She is good at evading certain things such as getting a sponge bath or shampoo, doing exercises, etc.

I am 52 years old and I am the only person that she will let get near her. She has fired every agency in town that could help me help her; and now while I am battling my illness on chemotherapy, I am alone with a vindictive, angry, confused mom. She likes to play the “blame game.” I have found that I don't have to stand there and take the abuse. I can do the chores, read a book (the Bible is my favorite), go for a walk, do the shopping, text a friend and tune her out as long as I can see that she is safe. I could also use some advice out there.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

A Friend's Homecoming

Sponsored Article

Ask Dr. Shane

Feature Article

Rural Caregivng
Guest Column

Functional Flexibility Activities for Older Adults

Avoiding Drug Interaction




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