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Wednesday January 13, 2010 - Issue #467

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Bundlin’ Up

The cold weather that has gripped our nation over the past few weeks has left almost no community unaffected.  Seeing a couple from Minnesota standing on a South Florida street, wearing their warmest winter gear and still shivering, brings home the point that we need to be attentive to the problems of cold weather, no matter where we live.

I am thankful to our friends at the American Geriatrics Society for the following information that all caregivers need to heed for their loved ones and for themselves.

When the temperature drops, older adults run a high risk of health problems related to the cold including hypothermia (dangerously low body temperature), frostbite, falls on ice and snow, and injuries. So it's important that they, and those who care for them, take certain precautions this time of year... continued

Take care

Gary Barg


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Feature Article


The Caregiver’s Balancing Act

By: Kristine Dwyer, LSW

In the 1960s, TV celebrity Ed Sullivan featured a Chinese talent artist who demonstrated the careful balance and timing of spinning porcelain plates atop thin, wooden sticks. The key was to start spinning a stack of plates one at a time and then dash from plate to plate keeping each one in motion to prevent them from crashing to the floor. Viewers watched in amazement as plates slowed their pace and began to wobble precariously, yet miraculously the man was able to reach each plate at the last second just before it tipped. The artist then ended the performance by... quickly gathering up each teetering plate into a neat pile without a single disaster...continued

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Guest Column
The Roller Coaster of Caregiving
By Jane Cassily Knapp, RN, LCSWC

The decisions to become a caregiver are usually made in crisis situations. We rarely have time to consider the ramifications of these decisions nor do we really fully understand that there are any ramifications. What could be so difficult about caring for someone we love?

In the ideal situation a family meeting should be called to get an understanding from all involved as to what the primary caregiver’s role will be. What are each family member’s expectations and understanding of caregiving? What is the family’s plan for support to the caregiver? Scheduled assistance and relief to the caregiver should be routinely incorporated into the weekly schedule from the onset... Continued



New Year's Resolution

Fitness at 50+: Five Barriers You Can Beat

While exercise is often touted as a fountain of youth, it often gets harder to do as you get older.
Physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) physicians, also called physiatrists, are doctors who restore and maintain function lost due to injury, illness and age-related conditions such as osteoporosis, arthritis, joint replacements or stroke. They often prescribe exercise to prevent and treat many of these conditions, working with their older patients to help them get the right kind of exercise so that they can remain active and independent. PM&R physicians offer these tips to help seniors overcome five common fitness obstacles... Continued


Is there a support group in the Lewiston/Auburn Maine area yet? How would I meet other parents who have children with Schizophrenia? Also, is there any groups where the person with this terrible mental illness can meet others with the same mental illness and maybe have friends? They are so alone and isolate. My son is so sad. Any answers for me? I live in Lewiston, Maine, and my son has an apartment in Auburn, Maine. He is 27 and lives alone. It's just terrible and there is no help for us here.

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Inside This Issue:

Bundlin’ Up
The Caregiver’s Balancing Act
Guest Column
The Roller Coaster
of Caregiving
New Year's Resolution


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