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From The Editor
An Interview with Joan Lunden
Many of us first met Joan Lunden
during her tenure as host of ABC’s Good
Morning America (1980-1997). But
Joan is also a best-selling author (her
books include Wake-Up Calls, A Bend In
The Road Is Not The End Of The Road,
Joan Lunden’s Healthy Living, Joan
Lunden’s Healthy Cooking, Mother’s
Minutes, Your Newborn Baby, Growing Up
Healthy: Protecting Your Child From
Diseases Now Through Adulthood, and Good
Morning I’m Joan Lunden). Joan is also
host of the successful exercise video
Workout America, a motivational speaker
and a mother of four children.
Joan sat down with
Editor-In-Chief Gary Barg to discuss the
importance of positive thinking for
Gary Barg: As a family caregiver, I
have to thank you for your message of the importance of positive
attitudes. One of your quotes that I really like is, “We can’t stop
changes from occurring, but we can control how we react to them.”
What an important lesson for family caregivers.
Joan Lunden: The most important
thing to understand is the concept that we actually have
the ability to not react, and I truly believe that most people don’t
think that way. People think that when something happens, they must
react in a fashion that then determines the outcome, and that’s not
really how the process has to be. We can make a conscious decision
not to react...continued
Support Group Savvy
By Kristine Dwyer, Staff Writer
“In helping others, we shall help
ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the
circle and comes back to us.” Flora Edwards
According to Webster’s dictionary, the word “support” means
to give courage or faith to; help, comfort; to carry the
weight of; to give approval to, be in favor of or uphold.
All of these words describe the framework around which
support groups are built. They offer a place for caregivers
and families to learn together, deal with feelings of
Planning to Care
I miss taking care of my dad. He was in pretty bad shape for quite a while toward the end and required lots of care. It was at this time of his life that he said one of the most memorable and flattering things he ever said to me. With all of the anguish and frustration and physical pain he endured, he told me that he felt safe when I was around...continued
Medical Alert Tips:
Alert Systems 101
Choosing a medical alert system has become
more complicated as the available options on the
market have increased and the technology has
changed and improved. However, through the
myriad of options, there is a common sense
baseline of safety and security these systems
provide to a loved one and their caregiver...continued
Sharing Wisdom - Caregiver Tips
From Dianne in Scottsdale, Arizona:
One of the challenges of feeding my father, who is on
hospice and unable to feed himself, is how to keep the food
warm. The baby dishes of decades ago that you could fill
with hot water have long since been discontinued. I came up
with the idea of filling a bean bag with popcorn and heating
it for 2.5 minutes in the microwave, putting it on a plate,
and then placing the dish with his dinner ON TOP OF the bean
bag. Voila! It keeps the meal hot the whole time it takes to
feed him (often 40-60 minutes) and I am not cooking it to
death by reheating it a half dozen times during the course
of the meal. When I need a bowl kept hot, like for soups, I
put the bean bag in a big soup bowl and then wedge the
smaller bowl down into the cavity; it keeps the sides warm,
too. I'm so grateful you have put this Web site here.
Caregivers are a creative lot and I just KNOW other people
have come up with innovative solutions to common caregiving
problems. I can't wait to read them all!!!
From Lori in Texas:
Parkinson’s disease is a painful sight for a caregiver.
My secret to relief is to look at pictures of years before.
My mom has Parkinson’s and has trouble walking, talking, and
doing basic ADL's. We laugh together sometimes about her
speech troubles and I just don't take it to heart.
The best ideas and solutions for taking care of your
loved one often come from other caregivers. Please post your ideas
and insights and we will share them with your fellow caregivers.
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