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Thursday June 16, 2011 - Issue #542

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

And The Winners Are...

What do caregiving workbooks, medication systems, terrific books, Wellness Wizards and MIT all have in common? These are descriptions of some of our 2011 Caregiver Friendly Award winners. They also represent thousands of hours of loving labor by their creators, producers and manufacturers, all working with one thought in common, "What can I do to help the life of the family caregiver become easier?"

Every year since 2001, we have been truly impressed by the quality of the entries into the award program; but what I am most excited about is the wide variety of industries that are now sending in entries and the incredible work they are producing with family caregivers in mind...continued

Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Caregiving by Men:
A Husband's Perspective

By Seth B. Goldsmith, Sc.D,. J.D.

The formal diagnosis of ovarian cancer was confirmed after seven hours of surgery at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Prior to receiving that devastating news, we were in the land of possibilities, probabilities and suspiciousness in large measure due to the inconclusiveness of blood tests, ultrasounds and CT scans. Cancer never strikes at a good time, but for us the surgery occurred at a particularly poignant moment, July 27, 1969, our twentieth wedding anniversary...continued

Treating Alzheimer's

Guest Column

When Depressed Husbands Refuse Help

By Beverly Wax

To the outside world, Emme lived a charmed life. She was a successful model, creative director of her own clothing line, a television host, lecturer, and mother of a beautiful baby girl. Only her family and closest friends knew she was actually dealing with a devastating situation that is all too familiar to wives across the country: a husband who has depression but won’t get help...continued


7 emotional and physical well-being tips for
male caregivers: 

Men account for almost 40% of the caregiver population. In order for male caregivers to properly care for their loved ones, they must remember to care for themselves. Here are seven emotional and physical tips for male caregivers: ...continued

Share your tip, advice resource or observation.

Sharing Wisdom - Caregiver Tips

From BoomerSooner
Trophy Club, TX

Just found this site.  After reviewing some of the comments, wish I had had this while my mom was alive. My mom had MS and dementia toward the end of her life. My dad and I took care of her for 18 years before she passed away in 1985, without assistance, just the two of us. We wanted to keep her out of the nursing home. When my dad started to decline in health, I sought out a homecare and hospice agency to help with his care. It was a wonderful experience and one I wish I had known about while taking care of Mom. Home health and hospice are wonderful resources and allowed me to keep my sanity when things seemed overwhelming. The best thing is that the care is provided free by Medicare. My mom's and dad's physicians never mentioned home health or hospice care as an option. I had to mention it to my dad's physician for it to be considered. Good luck all; you are in my prayers.


Laura in South Florida
Before my mother's death 10 years ago, I took care of her as she grew weaker. I've read many articles and tips about a variety of helpful techniques or things to look for in taking care of an older person, but here's something you might not have known and that may make your life at least a little easier. A lot of falls among the elderly might actually be related to undetected vision problems. They don't show up on eye charts or during glaucoma or other specific tests. Even people with 20/20 vision can suffer from these. For the elderly, they can create particularly devastating problems, including taking away their love of reading.




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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

And The Winners Are...

Feature Article

Caregiving by Men: A Husband's Perspective
Guest Column

When Depressed Husbands Refuse Help


7 emotional and physical well-being tips for male caregivers
Sharing Wisdom



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