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Welcome to CareNotes. In this special section we will feature a reader's letter and provide an opportunity for an interactive exchange that will help find some answers and possible solutions to concerns. If you wish to respond to this letter, simple follow the link provided at the end of the letter and add your comments and thoughts to our CareNotes Board.

This Week's Carenote - 9/28/10

I am new to the site and very interested in any advice or tips you can give me! I am the sole caregiver to my 83-year-old mother. She has Alzeheimer's diagnosed a year ago and it is mild at the moment. We go through a lot of miscomprehension on her part, so I find myself raising my voice (I guess thinking I need to speak louder) which she considers yelling! We have been through this many times, but still it continues! Any advice?

I know that I need a break because I haven't had any time away for over two years. In August, I was planning five days away when my Mom came down with shingles. I had to shorten my time to just a weekend. It was like pulling teeth from an alligator to get my sister to stay with Mom! I did some research and a non-medical aide, not including overnights, was too expensive! I am hopeful that you might also have suggestions on low- or no-cost quality respite care. Thanks!

 

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