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 Tuesday September 28, 2010 - Issue #505

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Playing Well Together

If we were to see our lives in cinematic terms, the soundtracks to some family holiday dinners can be easily paced with a metronome. Could you please pass the salt….Thank you….How is work?…and your cousin Fred?

My family mealtime conversations, on the other hand, I liken to a jazz score: many voices, short notes and long, high and low, with many conversations seemingly occurring at the same time; yet accomplished players always know what is being discussed and laughed about, with seamless transitions occurring between politics, old memories, and even who wore what to the last holiday meal. These are conversations which take place throughout the evening, as my brother says, “All without the benefit of a single noun.” 

At a recent family dinner, I heard something from my sister Linda which seemed to float above the room for a few extra notes once it was said.  Like the rest of my immediate family, Linda proudly works in healthcare.

Take care

Gary Barg


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On The  Move

by Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer

For a caregiver, one of the most anxiety-causing side effects of dementia is wandering. With this diagnosis, caregivers come to expect severe memory loss and confusion as to time and place, but usually they are not prepared for the constant “watch” they must have on their loved one.

Nearly 60 percent of all people with dementia wander, especially in the middle stages. There are many facets to this unpredictable behavior, and the causes are as numerous as the tactics people have used to curtail them...continued Cancer Channel

Guest Column

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. 

Service dogs can be trained to retrieve objects that are out of reach; pull manual wheelchairs; open doors and turn on lights; retrieve help; assist with dressing or undressing; and assist in many other ways. Some service dogs are specially trained seizure response dogs and there are dogs trained to offer a person counter balance when ambulating.....continued




By: Kristine Dwyer, LSW, Staff Writer

Through many years of working with caregivers, I have been continually reminded of the great importance of friends, especially during the challenges of caregiving years. I have also felt the sadness and loneliness that caregivers’ feel when friends drift away at a time when they are needed most.

“You sure find out who your friends are!” is a familiar comment expressed by caregivers that can be both positive and negative. .....continued

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Playing Well Together

Feature Article

On The Move
Guest Column

Life With Dottie




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