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Thursday November 03, 2011 - Issue #562

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

 On The Caregiver Beat

I just dropped off my dog, Morris, at the vet’s so they can put a scope down his throat and find out why he is having breathing issues. Any of you who know about my relationship with my constant companion will understand that this is a shaky moment for me, at best.  As I was driving away from the vet’s office, I kept reviewing in my mind: “Did I ask enough questions?  Did I tell them enough about his symptoms?  Did I let them know how much Morris means to us?” This is certainly a common occurrence for any human or animal caregiver.

While in the car, I was listening to a report on WLRN, a local radio station. Since October is National Breast Cancer month, they have been offering advice for people living with breast cancer and their loved ones all month long.  Today was an especially poignant report. Kelley Mitchell, a WLRN-Miami Herald reporter, was talking about her own breast cancer diagnosis on Christmas Eve, 2002, when she was a reporter for the local ABC affiliate...continued

Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

The 411 on Parkinson's

By Sandra Ray, Staff Writer

Receiving a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease (PD) can be devastating for families. Even more devastating is not understanding the disease, how to live with it, how it can be treated, or anything else about this debilitating disease. Families can be desperate for information on PD and what to expect in the coming weeks, months, and years...continued

Guest Column

Moving in With Family: Issues to Consider

By Helen Hunter, ACSW, CMSW

Too often, the decision to move into a family member’s home is made when a crisis develops or as a last resort. Sudden illness or injury strikes and the family is left without a plan for long-term care for their loved one. Experts suggest that all families discuss the possibility of the need for long-term care, and the possibility of family members living together as a solution to the daily care situation...continued

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Caregiver Tips for Traveling

Traveling long distances with a person in the early stage of dementia may still be quite enjoyable. As dementia advances, however, traveling becomes unpredictable as the person becomes more confusing. Plan ahead for a trip by gathering important documents: insurance cards, passports, your physician's phone number, refills on medications and a copy of medical records in case the person with dementia needs to see a physician while away....continued

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Sharing Wisdom


From Charles in North Carolina
I am 38 and my mom (now 69) has been living with me for the past five years. Three months after I moved my mom here to North Carolina, she became an amputee (due to diabetes, circulatory issues and simply poor health). My mom also struggles with MS, COPD, and other health issues. I missed most of my early 30s just working through my mother's care issues, her rehab, etc. Being her caregiver became so engaging that it negatively affected my marriage. My advice to anyone who has or is going through the same issues is to get help. Do not take this on by yourself! Siblings, family, and even senior care facilities should be considered as resources. I actually do regret that I was not able to actually see how my taking care of my mother (solely) was having an ill-effect on my marriage. And no one ever came to my rescue. Do not be afraid to ask or demand help when you need it. Unless you tell people about the effect that being a caregiver is having on your life, they will never know and, most certainly, will never ask you about it.

From B. in the SonoMarin /ChilenoValley
I have been a home health aide/personal care attendant for over 30 years. My clients all differ. I care for all ages and all medical conditions. To put myself “in their shoes” is how I become their most powerful partner. I help people help themselves; their comfort is my comfort.



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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

On The Caregiver Beat

Feature Article

The 411 on Parkinson's
Guest Column

Moving in With Family: Issues to Consider


Keeping Well In Winter Caregiver Tips for Traveling  
Sharing Wisdom


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