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Thursday October 27, 2011 - Issue #561

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

 Caregiving Johnny Appleseed

Next week we will be hosting our 9th annual New Haven Fearless Caregiver Conference and on November 9th, we will hold our second ever Tampa Fearless Caregiver Conference.
With the entire digital world at our disposal—by the way, the Best Practices: Incontinence Care Webinar is now hosted on—and the not so fun aspects of traveling these days (doing the TSA Tango, ever shrinking leg room, and let’s not talk about the food!), I am occasionally asked why we still host the live events. The answer is: that’s where the wisdom is.

In over 110 events, I have never seen one where the wisdom was not flowing from the family and professional caregivers in attendance.  In fact, this space in last week’s newsletter was entirely about wisdom that was shared by an attendee at an event a few days earlier...continued

Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Linking the Past to the Present -
The Benefits of Reminiscing

By Kristine Dwyer, Staff Writer

Uncle Joe recalls the good old days when a Ford coupe was $500, gasoline cost 19 cents a gallon, a postage stamp was three cents, and penny candy was a treat. Grandma Millie tells stories about growing up on the farm and walking three miles to school every day...continued

Guest Column

Caring For An Elder From Far Away:
Geriatric Care Managers

By Terry Weaver, M.P.S., A.C.C.

As an adult, balancing work and elder care can be a challenge whether your parent lives next door or out of state. Add children to this, and the situation becomes compounded. Legal, financial and long-term planning for elder care is crucial, and long distance caregivers need to prepare for travel and time off from work. Face the facts, most older adults want to stay right where they are...continued


Keeping Well In Winter

Keep warm

  • Wear several thin layers of clothes rather than one thick layer
  • Choose clothes made with wool, cotton or fleecy materials
  • In the coldest weather, wear bed socks and a hat, as well as thermal nightwear ...continued

Share your tip, advice resource or observation.

Sharing Wisdom


From Karen in Michigan
My dad was getting urine all over the house. He'd be peeing on the way to the bathroom, then walk through the puddles and track it all over. I put him in disposable underwear and it has helped a lot. He says they're comfortable and they wear just like regular underwear. They even come in colors now. No more puddles and mopping the floor four to five times a day makes my life a lot easier.

From Katy in Kentucky
I have been taking care of my mother for 10 years. She is paralyzed with MS. She is in bed 90 percent of the time. She has a second-tier air mattress and does not get any skin breakdown. The key to preventing bedsores is to have an alternating pressure airbed. I get her on a portable toilet twice a day; she wears a catheter for urine. I try to get her in her wheelchair at least once a week; but she is very weak, so she only sits for about 30 minutes. I keep her bed elevated most of the day. I feed her in bed because it is easier for her. She also has dysphagia, so eats pureed foods and thickened liquids.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Caregiving Johnny Appleseed

Feature Article

Linking the Past to the Present - The Benefits of Reminiscing
Guest Column

Caring For An Elder From Far Away: Geriatric Care Managers


Keeping Well In Winter   
Sharing Wisdom


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