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 Tuesday February 1, 2011 - Issue #523

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Finding Wisdom

I remember the moment vividly. I was in a hospital lobby, having just talked my way around the security guards questioning why I was walking into the family waiting areas on each floor. The year was 1995 and I was actually in the middle of distributing the first issue of Today’s Caregiver magazine to every hospital waiting area in southeast Florida, a ritual that I personally conducted for the first two years of publication.
These trips were significant because they allowed me to gauge the responses of the caregivers who picked up the magazine as they waited for friends or loved ones.  That morning, as I sat in the hospital lobby, two elderly women sat down and one started to peruse the magazine....continued  

Take care

Gary Barg


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Feature Article

Helping Family Members to Deal
with a Fall Risk

By Steven Allred, MS,PT, and Jennifer Ellis, MS,PT

“I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” How many times have we heard comics deliver that line from a now-famous 1980s TV commercial?

The truth is that a dangerous fall is no laughing matter.  It’s a real worry — for those who suffer from balance dysfunction and for the family caregiver. 
Just the fear of a parent, spouse or other loved one falling  is enough to give a caregiver chills...continued

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Guest Column

One Foot, Other Foot

By Terri Corcoran

“One foot, other foot,/One foot, other foot,/Now you can go/Wherever you want…”  Those lyrics from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Allegro often come into my head as I am helping my husband walk.  My husband Vince has a genetic disorder called Fragile X-Associated Tremor Ataxia Syndrome (FXTAS) which, over the past five years, has been robbing him of his ability to walk and think...continued

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Tips for Organizing a Medical History
By Kathy Porter

A trip to the emergency room made me realize why caregivers are advised to organize heath information. Like many caregivers, I share the task of going with my loved one to appointments. My sister usually takes our mom to the dentist, audiologist and optometrist. I take Mom to her physician, dermatologist and podiatrist. We cover for each other when work or travel demands it. I felt prepared until an emergency came...continued

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My greatest fear is dying before my husband and father. Both are in diapers; one is tube fed and quadriplegic and the other is bedridden also. If I have an accident, who will know it? They will be left by themselves, hungry, etc.  My world is small.  It might be a week before anyone realizes they are alone.



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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Finding Wisdom

Feature Article

Helping Family Members to Deal with a Fall Risk
Guest Column

One Foot, Other Foot


Tips for Organizing a Medical History



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