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 Thursday March 24, 2011 - Issue #530

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

The Poison Bill

I have utilized the poison control center for such varied loved ones as my grandfather and my puppy.  I consulted them about my grandfather due to ingesting medications prescribed for his wife and my puppy when he sampled the pesticides newly applied to the lawn.  I also know that the incidence for senior poisoning is up 30 percent in recent years and access to poison control is of the greatest importance to those raising small children. Not to mention the hospital professionals who rely on the poison control centers for timely advice almost every day. 

In 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, unintentional poisoning caused about 708,318 emergency room visits.  So, you would think every effort would be made to retain adequate funding to support the lifesaving services provided by our poison control system...continued

Take care

Gary Barg
Editor-in-Chief - 877-997-8839


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Feature Article

An Advance Directive

By Marilyn Mitchell

An Advance Directive is a document that is meant to give health care professionals an understanding of your medical preferences if you cannot speak for yourself.  It tells them ‘in advance’ of needing treatment what you would most likely want to have happen.  Many people may know them as "Living Wills," but a Living Will may only address your treatment options and not allow you to appoint someone to speak for you if you are unable to communicate...continued

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Guest Column

Caregiving for a Parent or Elderly Person

By Patricia St. Clair

Throughout our lives we are usually identified by our roles as son, daughter, brother, sister or parent.

As our parents age, however, roles often reverse or take on new meanings. Because today's baby-boomers increasingly find themselves assuming the role of "caregiver," they begin to feel the necessity to become proactive in the care of one or both parents. Issues surface that have remained buried... continued

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Love Is In The Details
By Laura Wallis

How do you show love?  Do you write sonnets and leave love notes by the cereal, or are you a little more down to earth?  Do you show your feelings by taking out the trash and making sure there is milk in the fridge?  As nice as love notes can be, sometimes love is a practical matter...continued

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Sharing Wisdom - Caregiver Tips

From Steven in Fort Myers, FL

Since I put my 81-year-old wife on a low carbohydrate/gluten free diet, her cognition has improved, she is calmer, does not have temper tantrums, is happier and even her eyesight is better! After six months, she sees better without the glasses she wore for years! Eliminate wheat, barley, rye flour foods (bread, pasta, pizza, pie crust, cake, etc). Oats cause inflammation, so her arthritis is much better without it! Drinking lots of filtered water with a splash of juice for flavor cuts out a lot of sugar. Stay on a low fat, low cholesterol diet in addition. Egg yolk is where the cholesterol is; the whites are healthy, my cardiologist says.

From Christy in WA
If you are having trouble getting your loved one with dementia to shower, try giving limited choices such as, "Would you like your shower before or after lunch?" Sometimes people can have irrational fears, such as the sound of the water being scary or fear of sliding down the drain. If that's the case, a sponge bath or putting a towel over the drain might help her to accept washing up. For dental care or hand washing, maybe saying, "Let's brush our teeth" or "Let's wash our hands" and doing the same task for yourself alongside her will work.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

The Poison Bill

Feature Article

An Advance Directive
Guest Column

Caregiving for a Parent or Elderly Person


Love Is In The Details
Sharing Wisdom



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