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Thursday July 21, 2011 - Issue #547

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Fearless at Fourteen

Last week, the 110th Fearless Caregiver Conference started out of the gate at full gallop. One of the first questions during the morning Q&A session set the tone for the day.  A 30-something-year-old goateed man stood up and said, “I’m from up north and my question is about long-distance caregiving. I have a 90-year-old mother who lives here in Boca Raton. I am her only son, yet she is quick to say “Don’t bother me” if I offer help. She doesn’t believe in doctors. Fiercely independent, she just got her driver’s license renewed for five more years.  Yesterday, I opened her refrigerator—one can of nuts and four eggs.  She is extremely sharp and makes it a point to tell me often. She fell down and fractured her pelvis a few years ago, but says it never happened. My issue is that she wants to live independently, but every time I see her she gets weaker and thinner…I don’t know what to do.  One of the reasons I came down here at this point is to get some advice from this conference. What can I do?”...continued

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Feature Article

To Trial or Not to Trial: That Is the Question

By Hilary Wright

In order to clarify any confusion, clinical trials are often referred to in a number of other terms by the members of the medical-scientific community, such as clinical study, research protocol, or medical research, all meaning the same thing ... clinical trial. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) defines a cancer clinical trial as "an organized study conducted in people with cancer to answer specific questions about a new treatment or a new way of using an old treatment."...continued

Guest Column

The Sandwich Generation

By Kathleen Bogolea, MS

Since the adoption of the National Family Caregiver Support Program in late 2000, there have been numerous news articles and points of interests written about the family caregiver and their many different roles within the family and the community. Roughly, it is estimated that American families provide 80 to 90 percent of all in-home long term care services for their aging family members, disabled adult children and other loved ones...continued


Planning for Long Term Care

Most older people are independent. But later in life--especially in the 80s and 90s--you or someone you know may begin to need help with everyday activities like shopping, cooking, walking, or bathing. For many people, regular or "long-term" care may mean a little help from family and friends or regular visits by a home health aide. For others who are frail or suffering from dementia, long-term care may involve moving to a place where professional care is available 24 hours a day....continued

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Sharing Wisdom - Caregiver Tips

Dental Hygiene Tips for People with Dementia
From a Caregiver
We bought a water pik to help get the food out of Mother's teeth when she stopped brushing anything but the front. Sometimes I'm soaked, but she seems to enjoy the "squirt gun battle." Her dentist gave us those color tablets one uses for little kids to show them where they haven't brushed. She doesn't like purple or red spots on her teeth so letting me help her remove them works wonders. Good luck.

From Diana in Alabama
Try this. Stand behind or beside your mother with a toothbrush in your hand. Gently put her hand on top of yours and slowly brush teeth up and down. YOU will be brushing her teeth, but it will feel like, and she will think, she is doing it. This is a technique from Teepa Snow, dementia expert.

From Kathy in NH
One thing that helped with my dad was to stand beside him in the bathroom with a toothbrush myself and pretend to brush my teeth and tell him to do what I was doing. There were other times when I gave him a facecloth with warm water and showed him how to wash his teeth.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Fearless at Fourteen

Feature Article

To Trial or Not to Trial: That Is the Question
Guest Column

The Sandwich Generation


Planning for Long Term Care  
Sharing Wisdom



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