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Wednesday February 3, 2010 - Issue #470

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

One Foot at a Time

Twelve months ago, I was talking with a friend who was lamenting the almost immediate demise of her New Year’s resolutions regarding diet and exercise.  “Only 1/12th into the year and I blew it,” she complained.  After hearing her resolutions, it was no wonder she was disappointed. She had done a tremendously successful job of setting herself up for disaster.  From being sedentary for a number of years with a personal diet program designed by the Cookie Monster, she wanted to transform herself overnight...continued

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Feature Article

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Nine Ways to Get Someone to Eat

By: Jennifer B. Buckley

A common nutritional problem that can affect care recipients in poor health is cachexia-anorexia and it especially involves those in advanced stages of Alzheimer’s, Cancer and AIDS. Cachexia-anorexia is a syndrome in which progressive and involuntary weight loss occurs. The people with this disorder are “wasting-away” from the lack of vitamins and nutrients and as a caregiver; this can be a difficult and frustrating event...continued

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Guest Column
By: Mary Damiano

Recharging your batteries is one of the most important ways to help your loved one.

R: Rest. One of the most important things a caregiver can do for the person they’re caring for is to take care of themselves. A caregiver who wears himself out, and keeps going 24/7 risks burnout... Continued



Twenty Ways To Care for Caregivers 

Twenty of the best tips and ideas collected from Caregivers and care managers of the Medicare Alzheimer's Project in Broward and Dade Counties, Florida... Continued


I am helping a young (early 20's) quadraplegic friend who broke his neck in a motorcycle accident. He has had decubitus ulcers on his butt for almost two years, and now such severe contractures of his arms he cannot use his arms at all or hands to drive a chair, nor can he sit up. This started after nine months in an ICU at a local hospital; they told family they gave up on him.
I was able to help get him out of there and he spent 15 months in a wound care place. Since then, he has been shipped around to about six places in as many weeks--including two nursing homes which did not work out. Other nursing homes won't take a 20 something year old... and one who has severe bed sores due to negligence at another hospital. One hospital liaison actually told me their hospital does not take other hospitals’ "mistakes."
We would like to take him home. He wants home. His mom is burnt out from all the traveling to spend time with her son and help at the hospitals. If it were not for her, he would be dead, I have no doubt. She wants him home; but due to his wings, it is hard to turn him.  It is costly to pay out of pocket for more aid. We applied for a CRPD waiver and are waiting for this process to take effect to see if he will be able to get 12 hours of care a day.
He is in limbo. The hospitals do not want a stage IV wound care patient because he is expensive to care for, and chronic, and can take another 10 months to a year to heal, if ever.
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Inside This Issue:

One Foot at a Time
Nine Ways to Get
Someone to Eat
Guest Column
Twenty Ways To
Care for Caregivers 


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Let's Talk -
January 2010

What, if any caregiving resolutions did you make for the new year?

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I am the caregiver for my husband. Two years ago something happened to him and the doctors can't find out what has happened. My husbands hands and feet feel like sandpaper. He has had many test and he can't have a MRI because he has a pace maker....continued