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Thursday September 1, 2011 - Issue #553

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Lessons From The Storm

Donna, Isabel, Betsy, Inez, David, Andrew, Frances, Jeanne, Katrina, Wilma. This is not an invitation list for a family reunion, just a list of the hurricanes that I have been lucky(?) enough to live through.  Since I was born, I have never missed being there when a hurricane hit my neck of the woods in Southeast Florida.  When I graduated from college upstate, I drove back home through the onset of Hurricane David. Years later, when Hurricane Andrew hit, I was home visiting my mother, even though I had lived away from Florida for the previous eight years. (The Chamber of Commerce finally asked if I wouldn’t mind never coming back!)  And after I came back to South Florida to start Today’s Caregiver magazine, I actually moved into my new home in Fort Lauderdale in the eye of a hurricane (don’t ask)...continued

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Feature Article

Extended Families: Our Greatest Resources

By Helen Hunter, ACSW, CMSW

There are many family situations today where you can find three, four or even five generations living under one roof. While the circumstances that result in multi-generational living vary from financial to health-related to simple family closeness, families who choose to live together face initial periods of adjustment. Many of these family members ultimately find their relationships strengthened by their mutual experiences and their patience in dealing with many issues at once...continued

Guest Column

Morbid Obesity and Caregivers:
Learning What Works

By Sandra Ray, Staff Writer

It’s not really news anymore – Americans as a rule are overweight. In fact, more than half of the population struggles with weight or is considered obese. Obesity is generally defined as someone who has a body mass index (BMI) of more than 25. Yet, despite campaigns to bring awareness to the problem and the increased number of options for individuals to work through these issues, obesity continues to increase...continued


Care Travel: A Prepared Traveler is a Happy Traveler

Whether you travel abroad or domestically, there are some tips you should keep in mind. These suggestions have been written for the special needs traveler, but they apply to anyone going anywhere...continued

Share your tip, advice resource or observation.

Sharing Wisdom - Q&A

Dave from New Hampshire
The biggest tip I could suggest when caring for an elderly individual is the approach. My father-in-law, who has since passed, was never easy to help.  He was a very independent man and a former Marine. However, as time went on, his medical issues became very severe.  As he required more and more help, he began to get more angry with my wife and me at mentioning an assistance device (“hurt the ones you love”). What my wife and I realized is that each doctor’s appointment and each new medical issue brought a realization within him that independence was being lost. The key we found was to never treat him as though he was a child (big mistake). Discuss the increase in care needs with them and ask for feedback. Never let a comment such as “I am BURDEN” go without an immediate dismissal and a redirect of how important they are to you. Include them in everything you can. My wife and I never took a vacation that didn’t include him and it was fun. Caregiving is certainly not an easy task, but I made a friend, gained a wealth of knowledge in history, and my wife and I have grown as close as close can get. We miss you, Charlie.

Diana from Wisconsin
I have been taking care of my boyfriend who is in the end stages of type 1 diabetes. About six years ago, his family, with the help of the county health and human services department, put L in a nursing home against his will. L hated every minute that he was in there. It took us a year and a half (part of that, getting him off the drugs they were giving him), a good lawyer, and an excellent licensed psychologist to get L home. I now have a power of attorney. I want to emphasize to everyone the importance of giving power of attorney to someone you trust. It is way too easy to commit someone against their will. With L, there was no investigation done. Afterward, I was told that no one considered the fact that his mother might be lying because she did not want to help take care of her son.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Lessons From The Storm

Feature Article

Extended Families: Our Greatest Resources
Guest Column

Morbid Obesity and Caregivers: Learning What Works


Care Travel: A Prepared Traveler is a Happy Traveler  
Sharing Wisdom



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