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Thursday October 13, 2011 - Issue #559

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Mom's Day

At every Fearless Caregiver Conference where our mom has joined us, we always introduce her as the mother of Today’s Caregiver magazine and  Truth be told, this is more than just a little accurate.

It was by watching her dedication to our dad and grandparents that allowed me to see what challenges caregivers face on a daily basis. It was into her back bedroom that I trudged with the first pieces of computer equipment we used to start the magazine way back in 1994.  It was her honesty and commitment which allowed her to write an ongoing column called “Phoenix Rising” about her life after caregiving including dating again, identity theft and job hunting as a senior citizen. (Don’t tell her I called her that.)...continued

Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Respite For Two


Adult day care centers provide a break (respite) to the caregiver while providing health services, therapeutic services and social activities for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, chronic illnesses, traumatic brain injuries, developmental disabilities and other problems that increase their care needs. Some adult day care centers are dementia specific, providing services exclusively to that population. Other centers serve the broader population...continued

Guest Column

“This Is My Life Now”
An interview with a nursing home resident

By Sarah Wood

I walked into the cheerful, rather narrow halls of the care center. It didn’t smell of feces and urine like many I had been in. Up the hall from where I walked in, was a small dining room. Some of the residents were sitting there. I found out later that they were waiting for dinner. It was two in the afternoon. They don’t eat until five thirty. “I’ll just wait”, said one resident who sat in a wheel chair, watching people walking by. She called all the nurses by name. She had been here a while, I imagine....continued


Putting Your Best Foot Forward    
By Mary Damiano

Feet are one of the most important yet maligned parts of the body. They are our little chauffeurs, getting us where we want to go. They’re twin fashion statements, getting squeezed into trendy shoes no matter how high the heel or how narrow the toe. And they are our little scapegoats, because even as we try to do something good for the rest of the body, like walk or run, our feet still bear the brunt of abuse...continued

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From Prudy in New Mexico 
Here's an idea for people taking care of someone who goes to dialysis. They are so cold after their treatments that anything to warm them is great.  I used to have warm soup and herbal tea for my mom when she returned home from her treatments. After she ate, she would go to sleep for awhile. I would put a fuzzy blanket in the dryer for a few minutes and cover her with the warm blanket.

From Doris in Florida 
When dealing with our aunt, we always ask questions and then try to give a positive response. She is confined to an assisted living facility and is not allowed to go anywhere unless we take her. When she tells us she's been gone for two days, we ask her where she went and if she had a good time instead of telling her, “No, you couldn’t have” or giving any negative feedback. This way, she feels special. Thanks for all the good suggestions and news I get from your Web site.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Mom's Day

Feature Article

Respite for Two
Guest Column

"This is My Life Now"


Putting Your Best Foot Forward     
Sharing Wisdom



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