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 Tuesday October 12, 2010 - Issue #507

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

The Mailbag Overfloweth

Please accept my sincere apologies. Over the past few weeks, I have been a little (ok, more than a little) remiss at sharing the incredible treasure trove of caregiving wisdom that has hit my inbox in response to recent newsletters.

Below I have listed the responses under links to the newsletters or communiqués to which readers are responding. Enjoy:

Medication Management

I want to thank you for CAREGIVER coming to my computer and how it is becoming more important…continued

Take care

Gary Barg


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Feature Article

The Male Perspective: Caregiver Burnout

by Judd Lewis Parsons

Your wife has just been diagnosed with breast cancer. 

Welcome to one of the hardest experiences you and your wife will ever go through. Nothing can truly prepare you for this. But, if you and your wife face this with the right attitude, it can become (as incredible as this may sound) one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever share...continued

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Guest Column

RX For The Caregiver

By Janet Listokin, M.A., C.T.R.S.

Do caregivers experience physical and emotional stress?  Do they have special needs, which are to be addressed so that they can perform effectively? Are there ways caregivers can, and must, take care of themselves?  “Quality of Life,” most often, is discussed in terms of the individual requiring the care.  However, it must also be experienced by the caregiver...continued

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How to Tell Your Loved One It Is Alzheimer’s Disease

By Daniel Paris, MSW

There are a number of takes on telling the person with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) the truth. I would propose a couple of things to keep in mind:

  1. Ask yourself how much your loved one will understand of the explanation. Sometimes they can understand and retain a lot of the information (you have a disease of the brain, etc...); sometimes all they can understand is that they have "some memory loss;" sometimes they are unable to get any of it. Remember, the cognitive impairments of AD affect not only their ability to comprehend information, but also their ability to communicate...continued

Share your tip, advice resource or observation.


I am my 82-year-old mother’s caregiver. I'm 57, disabled due to depression, divorced, and overwhelmed with being a guy taking care of his mother—never EVER thought I could do it! And with NO help or concern from my brother. He lives two miles away and has not seen or talked to her since April—just worried about her land and money. She has a nurse, who I pay twice a week to bathe her.

My mother has the first stages of dementia/Alzheimer’s and several other medical problems. I have been taking care of her for about four years. She is pretty good about most things, but has fallen out of bed at night getting up to go to the bathroom, so I installed bedrails. She cannot unlock the bedrails, so I do it for her. For communication at night (or any other time), we use a portable baby monitor. (I tried using the intercom on the phone system—too much trouble. Same for the cell phone.) She can get me at any time—even on the deck or in the yard. This sure helps me and I hope it helps another caregiver. I've picked up some good tips here, but I just won't take everyone's advice to take care of myself. I am starting to suffer from it. I will try. Thank you, and may God bless... "

Charles in Georgia



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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

The Mailbag Overfloweth

Feature Article

The Male Perspective
Guest Column

RX For The Caregiver

How To Tell Your Loved One It's Alzheimer's Disease



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