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Today's Caregiver Newsletter
March 13, 2014  |  Issue #696  
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From the Editor's Pen Gary Barg • Editor-in-Chief • gary@caregiver.com

Gary Barg

The Call. Updated.

This week, 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. Over the years, as she grew up and I grew old(er), one gift I could always look forward to on our shared birthday was her bright, cheerful mile-a-minute phone call  ...more

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Let There Be Light
By Erika Hoffman, Staff Writer

“Just Do It!” admonishes the Nike ad. “God helps those who help themselves” goes the old saw. “Carpe diem” is a philosophy everyone needs to buy into, including the depressed elderly  ...more

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Caregivers Encourage,
Motivate Loved Ones with Aphasia
By Joanne Marttila Pierson, Ph.D.


 - You ask your spouse for a plate, and he hands you a cup.
 - Your spouse seems to get “stuck” on the same word or phrase.
 - Your spouse can say words, but her sentences don’t make sense.

That’s Aphasia  ...more

Working Out and Having a Ball

Remember when you were a child and running around the playground, swimming in the community pool, or building a sand castle was fun? Little did you know you were not only having fun, but getting a workout too. With all the challenges we face on a daily basis; caring for our loved-ones, working and cleaning, imagine putting more fun back into your life through exercise  ...more

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Sharing Wisdom

From Teresa in Pennsylvania:   I want to encourage those who are caring for loved ones or friends. For 17 years, I cared for my aunt and on many days, I was overwhelmed. Reading this Caregiver Newsletter and going to the Caregiver Conference when it came to Philadelphia helped me in so many ways with other caregivers’ ideas. The most important was to pray a lot and take care of yourself so you can take care of your loved ones. My godparents and I want to say thank you to Mr. Gary and his magazine. You have been a blessing.

From Eleanor in Cocoa, FL:   When Mom became wheelchair bound, I found most of our needs online. I found a VMI van, wheelchairs, Hemi walkers, and a bedside commode at one-third the price or less. I found a brand new Hoyer lift (ready for the future) at a thrift store. I didn't want to fight for things we needed. It is hard enough to make sure the doctors are preferred providers for her second insurance and to keep up with the medication.

I have all her surgeries, medications (how they are given, with the generic name and name brand), over the counter drugs, medical conditions, and hospital or urgent care visits on Word and update as needed. All her doctors with phones, addresses and what they do for her are also on Word. Taking these to doctors’ appointments (they will call you an angel) is a big help. I give them a copy every time so they can't say they didn't know. I take our daily date book with all her stats and weight. It takes time to do at first, but once it’s done, updating is easy. Hope this helps someone.

I wish I had known about this site when I started. It took me months to find what would work for me. Not a nurse kind of person at all. Did a lot of online research to make sure none of her medicine would counteract another. I also didn't want her taking more than five pills every four hours. Some are four times a day. God bless.


The best ideas and solutions for taking care of your loved one often come from other caregivers. Please post your ideas and insights and we will share them with your fellow caregivers.  

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