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Something About Harry

Last week in this column I spoke of Harry, a gentleman I met while being interviewed on public radio.  He was concerned about his 90 year old dad and wanted to get some advice about what he should do.  One thing we discussed was the importance of contacting a Geriatric Care Manager for an assessment. 

I also asked you to share some of your tips with Harry.  Boy, did he come to the right place:

My wife, Cheryl and I had growing concerns over her mother, who began exhibiting Alzheimer's symptoms probably 6-7 years ago, but lived alone, still drove, but didn't recognize that she was having problems herself.  "You know how you forget things as you get older", she said with a laugh....continued 

As a baby boomer who is also part of the Sandwich Generation, it can be difficult to make sure your elder relatives are properly cared for.  I have found that moving into my Mom's house was the best decision for me and my daughter, not to mention my Mom....continued 

I know the frustrations of parenting my cousin rather than partnering with her.  Bathing has been a very challenging area for her since she even refused to change her clothes for days.  Feeling like I had little choice, I had to "trick" her into taking a bath....continued


Gary Barg

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