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Thursday June 9, 2011 - Issue #541

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

...Goin' To Disney World

The Fearless Caregiver Conferences began in 1998 in Fort Lauderdale, when we at Todayís Caregiver magazine and wanted to bring a group of family and professional caregivers, as well as local and national advocates together for the day.  Two things were evident throughout that first event. The first thing was that caregivers loved to share with one another and the advice they had to share was as effective and appropriate as could ever have been found from any degreed professional. And many times, much more so. The reason for this is simple:  the family caregiver is the person caring for their loved one around the clock and intuitively creating solutions for the challenges that they face on a daily basis.  The second thing that was evident was that caregivers with loved ones with different diagnoses and caregiving situations could learn from one anotherís experiences. One other important lesson we learned from the events was that family caregivers should never isolate or ďsiloĒ ourselves based upon our loved oneís main healthcare issues...continued

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Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Facing A Storm

By Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer

In most parts of the country, the long-anticipated summer days also mean the coming of the much-dreaded storm season. From thunderstorms to tornados, and house fires to hurricanes, weather is as unpredictable as a loved one suffering from memory loss. The best plan, when both situations find themselves, face-to-face is the standard advice: be prepared! ...continued

Treating Alzheimer's

Guest Column

The Summer I Took Care
of Grandpa Golden

By Carolena Lapierre 

In my 17th summer my Grandpa Golden had a stroke that took away his health and ability to walk or speak, but worst of all, his pride. Grandma called to say, ďIf Carol would come and take care of him for me, Iíll let him stay home; otherwise Iíll have to put him in a nursing home. Thatís all it took. I had a great affection and respect for Grandpa. I agreed to go...continued


When Summer Begins, Outside Workouts
Donít Have to End 
By Jennifer B. Buckley 

You have been loyal to your outdoor exercise program for months; walking, even when your muscles ached or biking, even when your arthritis acted up. Due to your dedication, your body is strong, your health is good and your endurance is better than ever, then summer approaches and the environmental thermostat begins to rise. Does that mean your beloved outdoor workout has to end when those warm months roll around?...continued

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Sharing Wisdom - Caregiver Tips

From Nana Diane in Chattanooga, TN

I care for my 95-year-old mother who has severe dementia. She can't remember which family members are deceased anymore. I made her a memory book with all of her current information in it. I put a picture of our house and one of my husband and me, and wrote to her in a large font that she lives here with us. I put pictures of her family, both living and passed, and put their relation to her, their birth dates and death dates, and other information about them. She will sit and look at this book for hours. It stops the constant questioning for a while and gives me a break. I plan to expand the book as time allows. I will include many more of the living including grandchildren, great grandchildren, etc.

From Carolyn in Rockville, MD

My mother has early-stage Alzheimer's and functions pretty well overall, but she had trouble remembering to take her medications. She wasn't always sure what day it was, so she didn't know which box in the pillbox to take pills from. She worked with an occupational therapist to come up with a simple system. First, the pillbox was moved to the kitchen, where she can get a glass of water and the pills are right there. Then, I fill the pillbox every week when I visit and leave the boxes open. After my mom takes her pills, she closes the box. The next day, she knows to take pills from the next open box. It's so simple and it works! And Medicare covered the cost of the occupational therapist.



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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Goin' To Disney World

Feature Article

Facing A Storm
Guest Column

The Summer I Took Care of Grandpa Golden


When Summer Begins, Outside Workouts Donít Have to End†
Sharing Wisdom



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