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 Tuesday January 25, 2011 - Issue #522

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Slammin' the Scammers

As a card-carrying curmudgeon, I pride myself in not trusting until I have verified. That includes a lot of the information we have discussed over the years, such as scams that are “phishing” for your confidential information in order to steal your identity.  So it is with no little humiliation that I share the following story with you.

I received a message via email from a friend who travels extensively for both business and pleasure. It seems as if he were in dire need of $2,000 (why he came to me, heaven only knows!). He was in the U.K. and had just been robbed. All of his valuables, including credit cards, were stolen.  He then asked if I could immediately wire him the money to help him get back to the United States. I was extremely worried for my friend until I noticed on his Facebook page that he was, at the very same time, hiking in North Carolina.  It turns out that my friend’s e-mail address book had been hijacked by a virus and the scammer behind it was sending the same e-mail to everyone in it to try to get money. This is known as the "Friend in Distress" scam and, truth be known, I very nearly fell for it.  Before wiring any money to a friend in need, try to contact them by phone to confirm the situation. You could also respond by e-mail with a question that only your friend would be able to answer...continued  

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Gary Barg
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gary@caregiver.com


 

 

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Financing Hope with Modest Needs

By Hana Kim

Geneva and her husband struggle each month to make ends meet since she had to leave her job last year to care full-time for her daughter. Her daughter suffers from Down’s syndrome, ALL leukemia, and severe anemia. As the cold winter months in Ohio approached, they worried how they would heat their home. The fuel companies required a minimum delivery of 250 gallons to fill the tank in order to deliver fuel and after basic necessities of mortgage, food, and medical supplies for Geneva’s daughter, there wasn’t enough money left...continued


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Art Therapy Q & A

By Diane Alvy, M.A., ATR-BC

Q.  During the week, I drop my husband off at an adult day care center and they offer regular art classes and art therapy groups. What are the differences between regular art classes and art therapy groups for people with cognitive impairments?...continued


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Three years ago, my mom underwent major surgery to remove a brain tumor. The day of her surgery felt like the longest day of my life. Because she didn’t have any family members in the area, I was going to be her primary caregiver. She worried how I would be able to handle things by myself. It was an emotionally draining experience, but I had prepared myself for the long wait...continued


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I am looking for some tips or ideas. I am a professional caregiver to an 86-year-old female with dementia who suffered a stroke and right hip fracture. She refuses to shower, do dental care or wash her hands. She resides with her husband and daughter who have health issues as well. When the patient is reminded to get cleaned up, her response is, "I showered last night when everyone went to bed." She has not been upstairs (where the shower is) since June 2010, due to the hip fracture and partial replacement. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
 
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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Slammin' the Scammers

Feature Article

Financing Hope with Modest Needs
Guest Column

Art Therapy Q & A

Caretips

Recovery Room Kit
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