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April 10, 2014
Issue #704
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From the Editor's Pen Gary Barg • Editor-in-Chief • gary@caregiver.com

Gary Barg

Of Bunnies, Backyards
and Beach Bummin’

Although during the next two weeks we celebrate Passover and Easter, don our new holiday garb, and do everything for the young ones from hiding the matzah to holding Easter egg rolls, believe it or not, summer is also just around the corner. As such, we are proud to announce the launch of the 14th annual Today’s Caregiver magazine and caregiver.com Summer of Respite Campaign. The campaign is specifically designed to give a break to the most important person in your loved one's life—you.

The next time you are among your fellow family caregivers (support group, doctor’s waiting room, hair salon, caregiver conference), turn to the caregiver next to you and ask what things they do to in order to take some time for themselves. These respite solutions can range from having a pint of ice cream on the back porch to getting away on a weeklong cruise. (Don’t roll your eyes; it can and has been done.)  ...more

  In this Issue

The Caregiver's Role
Bipolar Disorder

While the clinical care for a relative with bipolar disorder lies in the hands of psychiatrists and health professionals, your involvement as the caregiver is of vital importance. The caregiver’s major concern is to make sure that your loved one realizes that they have a mental illness and that they need treatment to help themselves  ...more

Today's Caregiver Friendly Award 2014

A Year of Alzheimer's
By Elisa Lewis

“It’s a Puh.. Puh… Puh… word.”
I desperately explained to my husband. He turned his head away from me and walked into the other room. I stood there alone, bereft, defeated, feeling the tears burn through my embarrassment and frustration. It wasn’t the first time. This had become more and more prevalent in our lives. Being unable to communicate was common lately   ...more

What to Look for in a Nursing Home

Use the following checklist to assist you in assess nursing homes. If possible, both the caregiver and care recipient should be involved in the decision making process. The more an older person participates in the planning process, the easier it will be to adjust to the new environment  ...more

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Sharing Wisdom

From Don in Virginia:  
I just returned from a five-day business trip. I'm a caregiver for my wife and brought her along. She needs a wheelchair and other assistance. When reserving an "accessible room" in a hotel or motel, make sure you know what you are getting. The last room had a bed so high that if my wife were to roll out, she would need a parachute to keep her from getting hurt. Ask questions and call the hotel/motel back to confirm the details. Don't assume that because it is in the reservation, you will get what you asked for.

From Nina in Long Island, NY:  
I've learned PATIENCE from my mother in this journey through dementia.

I've learned to laugh at the things she says that only make sense to her.

I've learned how to live "moment to moment" as that is the way things are in her world. In one moment, she's angry when she's washed, clothed, and changed. In the next moment, she's thanking the CNA for everything she's done in the last 10 minutes.

I've learned that it's okay to talk about it to others. It helps me and it MAY help someone else somehow.

I've learned to love the time we have together by making the most of it.


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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