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Thursday April 14, 2011 - Issue #533

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

The Wedding Present

This weekend, I honestly thought my learning lens was turned off as I donned my celebration cap. I was at a beautiful event, the wedding of good friends Bob and Leslie Klein’s daughter in Melbourne, Florida. The setting was picture perfect—a park adjacent to a lake with the sun setting over the water. Jenny, the bride, would have been radiant even without the picture perfect day; and Mike, the groom, was truly dashing. The parents were beaming, and the flower girl and four -year-old ring bearer were both as cute as could be...continued

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Gary Barg



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Feature Article

Supporting Caregivers As They Support
Our Veterans

By Kristine Dwyer, Staff Writer

As the wars rage on in Iraq, Afghanistan and beyond, our Armed Forces continue to be prepared for lengthy overseas deployments, often serving multiple or extended tours of duty. This has created unparalleled stress and trauma; not only on those who serve, but also on their families during these deployments and upon their returns....continued

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Guest Column

Laundry Night

By Marcie Beyatte

“I had a dream last night about water,” my mother says as we dice cantaloupe and brew our morning coffee. “I woke up with wet sheets.”

She wears Depends, but last night her protection failed. To any passerby, she appears to be a vigorous eighty-year-old; but they don’t see her falling, an almost weekly occurrence.  When we walk together, I try to anticipate the cracks and dips in the pavement and warn her so she doesn’t trip ...continued

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Insomnia: The Caregiver's Role

A growing number of seniors today face the difficulty of sleep disorders, commonly referred to as insomnia. Up to 30% of the elderly experience infrequent sleep patterns, apnea (the stoppage of breath), and waking up too early....continued

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Sharing Wisdom - Caregiver Tips

From Sara in Louisiana

Notice the positive things our family, friends, or others are doing despite their illness and praise them.

From BJ in NY
I take care of my mother-in-law.  She is an insulin dependent diabetic and doesn't like me (I think mainly because I'm the primary caregiver). She tends to be very angry, paranoid, suspicious, and becomes violent towards me, especially when she has recurrent UTIs (urinary tract infections).
This is what I did with her care:

  1. Made sure her will and power of attorney are in order.
  2. Placed all her medications and diabetic supplies in a fishing tackle box for daily use and easy transportation.
  3. Developed a demographic sheet for emergency workers (name of med, when, and for what...list of doctors and pertinent medical information, our contact information, her normal mental status with questions they can ask and she should be able to answer, her name, DOB, allergies and that she is on choke precautions).
  4. Took her to senior centers and Meals on Wheels senior luncheons. 
  5. Put away things in the house she can use as weapons and locked our bedroom door (she threatened me) and the basement door to prevent falls. It angers her, but it protects me and that's my focus.
  6. We redirect her paranoid behavior as much as possible. When she's upset, it's hard not to engage her and want to reason with her, especially when she seems to be manipulative. I repeat to myself a lot, "SHE'S SICK...SHE HAS A BRAIN INJURY." It helps. (It's okay to want to shake the baby; just don't shake the baby.)
  7. When she's really pacing and talking with unseen others and driving me nuts, I go for a walk, hide in the basement and do laundry, or go for a quick drive around the block.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

The Wedding Present

Feature Article

Supporting Caregivers As They Support Our Veterans
Guest Column

Laundry Night


Insomnia: The Caregiver's Role
Sharing Wisdom



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