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Thursday June 23, 2011 - Issue #543

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

A Rested Development

I look forward to joining Central Florida family and professional caregivers next week at the 109th Fearless Caregiver Conference (and the first in the Orlando area). Even though this is the first event we are holding in Central Florida, it is not the first time I was honored to be able to spend the day with family caregivers in the area. In fact, it was in part due to an event hosted by the State of Florida in Orlando where I served as keynote speaker that we decided to hit the road with the Fearless Caregiver Conferences. The attendees were family caregivers from across the state. I thought it was a terrific, yet difficult thing for the state to undertake, but it was immediately clear to me how beneficial it was to those caregivers who had been able to attend...continued

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Feature Article

Can Rover Come Over?

By Cheryl  Ellis, Staff Writer

We all love our pets, and our attachment to them varies from one individual to another.  In cases of the infirm or elderly, the attachment to a pet may be much more intense.  Individuals with memory loss may not understand why they have to move to assisted living, or in with a relative, let alone any problems that might come with bringing Fido along...continued

Treating Alzheimer's

Guest Column

Paid Aides—An Agency’s or Your Own?

By Alfred H. “Skip” DeGraff

There are at least two universal truths that apply to family caregivers. First, they are among the most caring, loving and generous people in today’s world. Second, sooner or later most realize that although their love and intentions to assist a family loved one are unlimited, their human stamina for providing that assistance has limitations...continued


When Summer Begins, Outside Workouts
Don’t 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...continued

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Tips: When Family Pets Can’t Move
with Your Loved One

From David G in Oregon

The best of all possibilities is finding people in the community to take the pets; people who would visit with the pets. This would keep a connection between their new life and old; and seeing their pets would be a boost for them. As we age, we gain certain things and we lose certain things.

After you find caring homes for the pets, the next step will be finding something for your parents to transfer their pet caring emotions to.  Did their home have plants? Will their new home allow plants? The most important part for us when our parents get older is sparking an enthusiasm for life, whether it be pets, plants or new friends. Keeping them pumped up from one day to the next is a gift they need. Pets and plants, things that need their care to survive, fulfill a human need. Nurturing life is a gift your parents have. Your gift to them may be helping them find new things to nurture...continued


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

A Rested Development

Feature Article

Can Rover Come Over?
Guest Column

Paid Aides—An Agency’s or Your Own?


When Summer Begins, Outside Workouts Don’t Have to End 
Sharing Wisdom



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