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 Thursday February 24, 2011 - Issue #22

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Cokie Roberts

GB:         Tell me what your personal interest in hospice really is?  Did it come about from your role in caregiving for your sister?

CR:         No, but I came to understand how important it is to approach death in a positive way.  I felt very strongly that this was important to talk about and very few people who knew anything about television were able to talk about it.  So, they came to me, figuring that the combination of the fact that I had cared for someone who was dying, that I could put a television program on the air, and more important, get it on the air, was a good combination.  The calls that come in are just unbelievable.  And they’ve done a very good job of not only putting together good people to talk about the different aspects of death and dying over the years, but also the taping throughout the broadcast; it is so moving. There are times when you’ll be sitting there on the set with tears streaming down your cheeks...continued

Take care

Gary Barg


Feature Article

Fighting Caregiver Fatigue

By Kristine Dwyer, Staff Writer

Calvin’s day begins before 5 A.M. He knows another exhausting day lies ahead. He allows himself only enough time to have a cup of coffee and read the paper before lying back down by his wife’s side until 6 A.M. when the daily routine begins again; toileting, showering, dressing, wheelchair transfers, laundry, meal preparation, housekeeping, correspondence, paperwork, yard work, personal care. Soon its time for a doctor appointment; more wheelchair transfers, a trip to the pharmacy, grocery shopping, and then, finally, a return home to continue the care routine....continued

Guest Column

Laundry Night
By Marcie Beyatte

“I had a dream last night about water,” my mother says as we dice cantaloupe and brew our morning coffee. “I woke up with wet sheets.”

She wears Depends, but last night her protection failed. To any passerby, she appears to be a vigorous eighty-year-old; but they don’t see her falling, an almost weekly occurrence.  When we walk together, I try to anticipate the cracks and dips in the pavement and warn her so she doesn’t trip. I keep night-lights on all day in my dark hall when she visits. No matter what I do, she still tumbles...continued

CARE Summit


Clinical Trials Defined  

The jargon of clinical trials can be confusing or tough to understand.  In keeping with the spirit of knowing as much as possible to make an informed decision, here is a glossary of common clinical trial terms which may not be so common to you.

  • Clinical Investigator
    The researcher who is in charge of carrying out a clinical trial’s protocol. ...continued

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Sharing Wisdom - Caregiver Tips

From Susie in PA
I have been taking care of my father since 1990, when my mother passed away to the Lord. He has a multitude of health conditions and is progressively getting worse. I have a great husband supporting me as well as a great team of doctors. My advice is to be calm, gentle and include your parent in all aspects of daily living, whether it is something for them or yourself. Talk to them even though they might forget five minutes later.
You do need time for yourself, by yourself; just a few moments of "me time" works wonders. Find a support group and stick to it. Have a friendly neighbor sit with your parent for an hour or so. Find a hobby you like. Just because the parent is home with you, doesn't mean you have to be by their side every minute.
You only have one mother and one father. Enjoy them now while you have them with you. I will grieve and be saddened when my father is gone, but I will not feel guilty that I didn't do this or that.  I have done all I could for him. The only thing I pray for is that the Lord will allow me to be with him when he takes his last breath, before he leaves this world to reach a better world beyond, and I can tell him it is okay to be with Mom.

From Brenda in Jefferson, TX
I use the tabs from the prescriptions, put them together on one piece of paper, and make a copy. I keep one copy in my purse and the original in another area.  If I need to have this information for anything, I can provide the exact medication, strength, pharmacy, physician, and dosage.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with
Cokie Roberts

Feature Article
Fighting Caregiver Fatigue

Guest Column
Laundry Night 

Clinical Trials Defined    
Sharing Wisdom


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