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 Tuesday November 23 2010 - Issue #513

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Channeling Care

I may be a bit prejudiced, but I believe that there are no smarter people in the world than family and grandparent caregivers. Who else in a moment's notice can transform from loving spouse, daughter, son, grandchild, grandparent to dietitian, therapist, insurance specialist, chauffer, psychologist, pharmacist and incontinence expert? 

The challenge is that we are asked to do so in the blink of an eye or when the phone call that comes in the middle of the night telling us that something is amiss with our loved one.  Unfortunately, that can lead to our being subject to "mal-information." In other words, the information we have about vital topics of interest are not only wrong, but wrong and bad.  These include hospice, homecare, clinical trials, respite, financial solutions such as reverse mortgages and the many different usages of the phrase: long-term care (LTC)...continued  

Take care

Gary Barg


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Feature Article

Travel Guidelines for People with Memory Disorders

By Geri Richards Hall, PhD, ARNP, CNS, FAAN

Many people enjoy travel as a form of recreation, relaxation, and an opportunity to learn. While travel may be a positive experience for most people, it poses special problems for people with dementing illnesses, for example, Alzheimer's disease, multi-infarct dementia, Parkinson's disease, Pick's disease, or injury that results in disabling intellectual impairment.

People with dementia have ever-increasing trouble with changes of pace, changes in location, fatigue, groups of people, changes of time zone, and noise. ...continued

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Guest Column

Twilight Wish Foundation
Making Dreams Come True for Seniors

By Helen Hunter, ACSW, CMSW

The Twilight Wish Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that enriches the lives of elders by granting individual wishes and planning special group celebrations. To qualify, elders must be 68 years of age or older, and have an income of less than 150% of the poverty level. The Twilight Wish Foundation also raises awareness on elder care issues through sponsorship of education programs in the community and through the inclusion of educational articles on the organization's website...continued

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Home for the Holidays
By  Janice Wallace

Many of us live far away from our families. The holidays are times when we reconnect with our loved ones. Holidays are an opportunity to take an objective look at how the seniors in our families are coping. Take time to notice if things have changed. Your visit may reveal that your frequent phone calls are not giving you a complete picture of your loved ones daily life...continued

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I facilitate a Well Spouse Support Group. One of our members has a long and stressful life as a caregiver. Her mother lived till 104 and she cared for her husband who had developed dementia and finally passed away. She has taken care of her 36 year old son who has Downs Syndrome. She is a wonderful mother who has fought for her son every day of his life.
In the last few years, her son has become aggressive and confrontational. She is afraid of him at times because he seems to get angry and willful. Is there any professional or group that she can consult that would have information as to how to deal with her situation?


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Channeling Care

Feature Article

Travel Guidelines for People with Memory Disorders
Guest Column

Twilight Wish Foundation Making Dreams Come True for Seniors


Home for the Holidays



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