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June 24, 2014
Issue #725
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From the Editor's Pen Gary Barg • Editor-in-Chief • gary@caregiver.com

Gary Barg

An Interview with
Delta Burke and Gerald McRaney

Gary Barg: Mac, did it take a while for Delta to see that it was time to see a therapist, or bring professionals into it?

Gerald McRaney: It was a matter of, among other things, searching for the right medication, and just sort of time with the therapist, until things began to make sense to Delta. To me, that was one of the things about the medications that they are not, in and of themselves, going to cure depression; but they will let you get out of your own way long enough that you and your therapist can take care of the symptoms.

Gary Barg: That’s right. We’re always talking to caregivers about there being no “magic bullet”. But everything is a shovel full of dirt for you to fill in that hole you’ve been standing in.

Delta Burke: There were times, as we went along, he was very protective of me and sheltered me from unpleasant environments or things that were very stressful to me. Then, as I began to get stronger and was able to handle things a little better, we had to readjust the relationship, which was always tricky  ...more

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A Trip to the Dentist
By Micki LaVres

For 18 years I tried – unsuccessfully – to get Frank to the dentist for a cleaning. He felt that cleaning his teeth was a paltry undertaking when you considered the significance of his bigger problem, being paralyzed from the chest down.

Only after suffering for several days with a tooth ache did he finally allow me to make an appointment, but under one condition. The dentist would have to treat him in his wheelchair  ...more

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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.

Make sure you keep track of all the documents and medications. Packing them in carry-on bags so they will not get lost en route is a good idea. Remember to bring sufficient funds or a credit card with you in case you must change your plans suddenly and return home. Also, you may want to bring along a brief letter from your physician to the airline or hotel to expedite a change in plans  ...more

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From Jackie: 
Subject: Dysphagia
We have a dear friend who had cobalt treatments for cancer of a nodule on his throat 30 years ago. He has recently had serious swallowing problems and had aspiration pneumonia due to this. As a result of failing numerous swallow tests, he now has a permanent feeding tube. Our question is, how can we can care for him socially and mentally? It is difficult for him to even go to the movies as food is everywhere. Watching TV is painful as most of the commercials involve food. His wife passed away at the same time this chronic condition became evident and he admits to being a little depressed. He does have a portable machine and can drive to the store for needed items and to the post office, but this has become his only outing. What type of social events can one have for him, as well as for others invited, that do not involve food or drinks? We really need your help!

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