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Thursday May 26, 2011 - Issue #539

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Caregiver Emergency Plan

It is a great pleasure to travel the country talking to family caregivers in urban and rural cities.  I have met so many gracious folks and feel a special kinship to all of these communities.  It was with intense sadness that I watched the news last weekend about two of these cities—Minneapolis, Minnesota and Joplin, Missouri and this week as more tornados struck wide areas in Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.  There is, of course, no rhyme or reason to nature; and as a native Floridian, I know all too well that every region has stereotypical weather challenges.  As family caregivers, it is even more important for us to follow the age-old Boy Scout motto:  Be prepared...continued

Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Medication Management in Disaster Planning


A family disaster plan can be of valuable assistance to every member of the family. In order for it to be effective, however, it needs to encompass all aspects of your current living situation. When considering a home or family disaster plan, it is easy to overlook medications and the special needs of family members. Instead of waiting for an event to occur, think ahead to these important areas:...continued

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Guest Column

Travel Guidelines for People with Memory Disorders

By Geri Richards Hall, PhD, ARNP, CNS, FAAN

Many people enjoy travel as a form of recreation, relaxation, and an opportunity to learn. While travel may be a positive experience for most people, it poses special problems for people with dementing illnesses, for example, Alzheimer's disease, multi-infarct dementia, Parkinson's disease, Pick's disease, or injury that results in disabling intellectual impairment....continued


Choosing a Medication Reminder System
By Sandra Fuson, Staff Writer

Not taking prescribed medication – noncompliance – can have serious health consequences. The reasons why people forget or don’t take medications are varied. Maybe the doctor didn’t explain how to take it properly. Maybe they feel better and think they don’t need the medicine anymore. Maybe they just forgot....continued

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From Zoe in Boyd, Texas

For equipment, check Craig’s List. We got a handicap van with a lift, an electric bed, an electric Hoyer lift and a manual lift air mattress for next to nothing. Medicare only helps so far with equipment. We sold Mom and Dad’s truck and car since they no longer could use them and I needed a van to get his wheelchair in.

As much help as the social worker and home health have been, there is a huge hole in what anyone helps you with.  As I have read throughout, you have to be on top of things. A good therapist is worth their weight in gold. A poor one just wants to sit and talk and have him flex his toes. We got a gift from God named Oscar. He got Dad up on his feet with a walker. Dad had been sent home to die from the rehab he was in. We had a nurse that wanted to see his meds and right in front of me managed to steal nearly a whole new bottle. Keep an eye on the people who come into your home.


From Phyllis in Oklahoma

I cared for my mother who had dementia for 10 years and lived in my home.  My husband was very considerate knowing what I was going through. I looked for a caregivers’ group and couldn't find one, so I decided to start one.  It has been amazing how many people have been helped.  I was able to tell people what I had gone through—the problems, resentment and guilt you feel sometimes, not having a life of your own and getting home health help. It has helped me as well as many people, letting them see that we all have the same type of problems and learning how others deal with them.



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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Caregiver Emergency Plan

Feature Article

Medication Management in Disaster Planning
Guest Column

Travel Guidelines for People with Memory Disorders


Choosing a Medication Reminder System
Sharing Wisdom



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