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Fearless Caregiver Newsletter
 Tuesday March 15 2011 - Issue #25

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefThe Call. Updated.

Today, as I celebrate my birthday, I also grieve the phone call I will not receive.

“Beware the Ides of March,” as the saying goes. Although it may be true in my case, nothing could have been further from the truth for Sara Kaufman, also born on this date. I met Sara and her family shortly after graduating college. My brother and I were sharing a townhouse in North Miami and the Kaufmans were our neighbors.  From the first day, they opened their hearts to us. Sara was only eight years old when we moved into the neighborhood. Sara was always filled with ideas, concepts and thoughts which spilled out of her so fast, you soon realized she was thinking faster than anyone could possibly talk.  Sara became involved in whatever caught her attention, including politics. ..continued

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gary@caregiver.com

 

Feature Article

Hearing Loss Prevention

By Valerie Thelen, Staff Writer

Signs of Hearing Loss
Many loved ones will not tell their caregiver of an onset of hearing loss, for fear of losing independence. Instead, they become isolated, depressed, angry, lonely, frustrated and even physically ill. Some telltale signs are when a loved one withdraws from their normal social activities, refuses to attend family and friend gatherings, or doesn’t answer the phone anymore, saying they were busy or unavailable...continued

Guest Column

Vera
By Ralph Trimble

I hadn’t seen Vera for years.  Now I see her just about every time Carolyn and I drive back to see Carolyn’s mother, Beth.  Beth lives in the Alzheimer’s unit of the Methwick Retirement Community in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Recently, Vera moved there, too, and into the same wing of eight residents.  The first time I saw Vera there, she was sitting at the dining room table...continued


Caretips

Tips for Pain Management
By Peter Ganther

Learn healthy ways to manage your stressAlmost all seniors today face some degree of pain and soreness. But up to 35% of all seniors face chronic pain resulting in depression and can greatly affect their daily life. Often this chronic pain goes undiagnosed or overlooked, and only after life is negatively altered is it caught and treated...continued


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Carenotes

Wow! I can’t believe there are people out there who are going through the same things I am. I am a caregiver by profession and also trying to help my 73-year-old working mother care for her 80-year-old husband (my step-father), who has heart failure and lung disease. She is incredible. But I worry so much about her. His family does nothing for him, not even visit. Her whole life now is caring for him, and working. I want her to enjoy her senior years. I know it sounds selfish, but I love her so much and I want her to be happy. She acts like she is, but I see through that. I try my best to help her with him, but circumstances from long ago get in the way of my truly caring for him. My sisters have made a decision not to visit my mother’s home, or bring their children to her home, because of his past. He has destroyed our family. So it’s she and I.

I went through a severe episode of depression that I am trying to work through. I plan to return to work in a week, but I'm afraid she will need me more than I can be there for her. I am open for any ideas or suggestions, and feel almost desperate at this point. I am so glad I found this newsletter and all of you. Maybe we can find some way to make it better. I have so much love in my heart and that’s what helps me get out of bed each morning; and knowing God will be there for me.

 

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
The Call. Updated.

Feature Article
Hearing Loss Prevention

Guest Column
Vera  

Caretips
Tips for Pain Management    
Carenotes
 

 

 

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