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Thursday September 8, 2011 - Issue #554

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Kids, Kids, Kids

The fall has started out with a real kid whiz-bang. (I guess kids don’t say that anymore.)   Our upcoming Today’s Caregiver magazine cover interview is with America’s favorite dance judge—from Dancing with the Stars, Carrie Ann Inaba. She talks about her own family caregiving as well as another great passion of hers, helping kids in need.  In November, Today’s Caregiver magazine’s cover interview will be with Ms. Marlo Thomas (yes, THAT GIRL!). She shares her family’s long and personal dedication to helping kids in need through the wonderful work of St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis.

It is fitting that we start the school season with a look at the healthcare needs of kids and their families; but did you know that as the school bells rings and kids take their seats in homerooms across the land, over one million of them are primary family caregivers? And this is not a new phenomenon. When I was in college (way back before the Internet and cell phones – gasp!), my roommate told stories that made the rest of our dorm mates speechless...continued

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Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Advocacy - A Weapon in the Fight Against Prostate Cancer

By Liza Berger

Jan Manarite’s husband, Dominic, has been living with prostate cancer for more than nine years. And that is in large part due to her advocacy efforts, she does not hesitate to admit.

“I continue to get all his medical records,” said Manarite, who is the Florida educational facilitator for the Prostate Cancer Research Institute (PCRI), which is based in Los Angeles...continued

Guest Column

Just Do It and You Get Through It -
My Personal Story

By Lois A. Troutman

The title of this article exemplifies a motto I adopted early on in my life as a caregiver.   Caregiver is a word that I never expected would be in my job description when I got married to Kenneth E. Troutman on March 22, 1975.  But, years later it became an all-consuming part of my life...continued


Nine Ways to Get Someone to Eat  
By Jennifer B. Buckley

A common nutritional problem that can affect care recipients in poor health is cachexia-anorexia and it especially involves those in advanced stages of Alzheimer’s, Cancer and AIDS. Cachexia-anorexia is a syndrome in which progressive and involuntary weight loss occurs. The people with this disorder are “wasting-away” from the lack of vitamins and nutrients and as a caregiver; this can be a difficult and frustrating event to witness...continued

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Sharing Wisdom - Q&A

From Myra in Michigan
When my mother needed a shower, I would say to her, "Mom, you wanted me to remind you to take a shower this morning." It worked every time. I used it in other ways, too. It made her feel like it was her idea or decision.

From Elizabeth in California
When reasoning is out of the question, sometimes I find that silence with a nod can be a quick cure for an impending argument. Go out for a few minutes to catch a breather. Come back oblivious to whatever transpired earlier and see if things have settled down. This has worked for me since my mother has started to show signs of dementia. She is good at evading certain things such as getting a sponge bath or shampoo, doing exercises, etc. I am 52 years old and I am the only person she will let get near her. She has fired every agency in town that could help me help her. Now, while I am battling my illness on chemotherapy, I am alone with a vindictive, angry, confused mom. She likes to play the “blame game.” I have found that I don't have to stand there and take the abuse. I can do the chores, read a book (my favorite is the Bible), go for a walk, do the shopping, text a friend and tune her out, as long as I can see that she is safe. I could also use some advice.



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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Kids, Kids, Kids

Feature Article

Advocacy - A Weapon in the Fight Against Prostate Cancer
Guest Column

Just Do It and You Get Through It - My Personal Story


Nine Ways to Get Someone to Eat   
Sharing Wisdom



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