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 Thursday April 7, 2011 - Issue #532

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

The Nashville Star and the Well-Asked Question

Last week at the third annual Nashville Fearless Caregiver Conference, I did what I have done at each of the previous 103 conferences – I learned from my fellow caregivers.  Since one of the main goals of the event is to demonstrate the importance of asking questions as a caregiving tool, each event takes on a life of its own based upon the questions asked and answered throughout the day.

Last year in Nashville, there was much wisdom shared about the issue of our loved ones’ ability to remain at the wheel of their automobiles. This year, much of the conversation during the expert Q and A session revolved around medication adherence challenges...continued

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Gary Barg



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Feature Article

Safety Begins at Home: Emergency Escape Plan for
Loved Ones with Mobility Challenges

By Jennifer Wilson, Staff Writer

Children are usually taught about fire safety and disaster preparedness in school. Experts in the field, such as firefighters, teach through demonstrating how a family should safely and quickly evacuate their house during a fire, or how to seek shelter during a natural disaster, like a tornado or hurricane...continued

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Guest Column

My Mother's Keeper: The Eye Doctor Appointment

By Beverly Bernstein Joie, MS, CMC

For the past several years, my step-sister had been taking my mom to see the ophthalmologist. They had their routine; Cindy would drop her off for the appointment and then pick her up after it. Then, last spring, Mom called to ask if I could step in because Cindy was unavailable to help her. I was actually pleased that I would have the opportunity to see what the doctor had to say...continued

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The most loving gift a person can give to one’s family is to put your affairs in order before a disaster or medical emergency. To assist in providing that gift, Today’s Caregiver has compiled the following list. The information and documents you should have prepared:...continued

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Sharing Wisdom - Caregiver Tips

From Anna Marie in Norwalk, CT

My 89-year-old mother has had vestibular issues for about 20 years. I worry when she gets up at night to get to the bathroom. My bedroom is upstairs. So, upon the suggestion of a friend, rather than getting a complicated intercom system, I bought a wireless doorbell with two buttons. One stays on her nightstand and the other is stuck to the wall by the toilet, easily within reach. The "bell" is plugged in an outlet in my bedroom and there's no way I would sleep through Westminster chimes if she needed me at night!

Suzie from Massachusetts
As a live-in caregiver, I need time for me every day. I lift weights while watching TV,  do yoga poses while waiting for my client in the bathroom, and try to read something happy just before I go to bed. I also just need to get out and walk and talk to other people. I joined a quilt group, a church group, so I have a set time that I have to go out and be with others.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

The Nashville Star and the Well-Asked Question

Feature Article

Safety Begins at Home:
Guest Column

My Mother's Keeper: The Eye Doctor Appointment


Today's Caregiver Family Checklist
Sharing Wisdom



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