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Archive for August, 2005

About Donating Goods to the Red Cross for Areas Impacted by Hurricane Katrina……. CALL 1-800-HELP NOW

August 31st, 2005 by

Written by Leigh-Anne Dennison , Staff

Wednesday, August 31, 2005 — When a disaster of the magnitude of Hurricane Katrina strikes and the news broadcasts images of broken, battered and destroyed homes, it is natural for the public to be eager to help their neighbors – whether they’re across town or across the country. Often, seeing that they have lost everything, people are eager to donate food, clothing or other goods to meet the needs of storm victims and help the affected families begin to replace what they have lost. Read the rest of this entry »

New Antibiotics Fight Resistant Staph

August 31st, 2005 by

– Dennis Thompson

MONDAY, Aug. 29 (HealthDay News) — One of a new line of synthetic antibiotics is showing promise in defeating deadly “superbugs,” highly drug-resistant staph bacteria that are an increasing source of hospital-based infections. Read the rest of this entry »

Issues to Review, A Checklist for Families

August 31st, 2005 by

In order to properly assist and care for an elderly patient or relative, organization is key. Every family and every situation is different—with different issues, problems and challenges. Take stock of what the family needs to do, and make a checklist. Use this list as you design a care plan. It is also a good idea to refer back to it as time goes on. Read the rest of this entry »

Dealing with family denial

August 31st, 2005 by

As your parents and other elderly relatives age, younger
family members may not want to confront the fact that
these elders will gradually need more help with their
daily lives. Our parents and other elders, after all, are the
Read the rest of this entry »

The Sandwich Generation

August 31st, 2005 by

If you’re like many other caregivers, you’re feeling pressured by the demands of doing everything at once—caring for
your elderly relative at the same time you’re trying to raise your young children. If so, you are part of the “Sandwich
Generation,” a term that refers to working adults who care for both young and old family members. Read the rest of this entry »

Effects on the Caregiver:

August 31st, 2005 by

Spouse & Family

As a caregiver, you may find yourself caught between the
needs of your aging parents and the needs of your
spouse, children and career. The effects of this dilemma
can be felt deeply by you, your spouse and your family.
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Tough Issues, Talking to Your Parents

August 31st, 2005 by

Clear and effective communication is vital as
your parents age and need help from you.
Unfortunately, succesful communication is
also one of the most difficult tasks.
Read the rest of this entry »

Thoughts of the day

August 31st, 2005 by

Mark 15:33-38

“And when the sixth hour had come, darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” Read the rest of this entry »

After heart attack, ’statin’ drugs save lives

August 30th, 2005 by

Mon Aug 29, 2005 2:35 PM ET
By Anthony J. Brown, MD

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Previous studies have already shown that people who have a heart attack do better if they’re prescribed a statin drug (such as Lipitor or Zocor, for example) when they leave the hospital. Now, new research suggests that the sooner these agents are started after admission to the hospital the better. Read the rest of this entry »

Blood test may offer hope against vCJD timebomb

August 30th, 2005 by

By Roger Highfield, Science Editor
(Filed: 29/08/2005)

Scientists say they are a step closer to developing a blood test to detect the human form of mad cow disease.

Around 180 people worldwide have died from vCJD - variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease - which is linked to BSE in cattle, but experts fear that many more could fall victim becuase the disease can have an incubation period of up to 40 years. Read the rest of this entry »

Feds announce Medicare drug plan that starts at $20 a month

August 30th, 2005 by

August 30, 2005


WASHINGTON — Medicare, the U.S. government health-insurance program for the elderly and disabled, said its drug coverage that starts in January will include at least one plan for $20 or less a month in every region of the United States except Alaska. Read the rest of this entry »

“This Long Disease” An essay by Roger Rosenblatt

August 30th, 2005 by

My mother stares at me with a bottomless fury. “It’s not a laughing matter,” she says, he voice as dry as cracked wood. I have just attempted, unsuccessfully, to kid her out of her adamancy, but she only repeats what she has been demanding for the past hour: “Put me in my bed!” Yet the nurses have told her over and over that she must sit up part of the day to prevent bedsores and worse. “Put me in my bed!” “In an hour, Mom. Read the rest of this entry »

Ten Tips for Adult Children of Alzheimer’s Disease Victims

August 30th, 2005 by

1. Make sure you understand the legal and medical powers process. If a competent adult does not yet have the powers, do this today.

2. Become informed about Medicare and Medicaid. Consult with a lawyer who specializes in Elder Law regarding legal and financial questions. Read the rest of this entry »

Knowing What to Expect for Alzheimer’s

August 30th, 2005 by

The following is a reprint of an information sheet that a caregiver wrote for the friends and other family members of her loved one, whom we’ll call “Jane.” The caregiver would like us to share it with you, too. Family caregivers can be the best sources of information about dementia behaviors and caregiving tips. Read the rest of this entry »

Thoughts of the day

August 30th, 2005 by

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Your choice of thoughts

When you are discouraged, you could choose to fill your mind with negative, limiting thoughts that will deepen and intensify your discouragement. Or you can use your thoughts to break free of that discouragement. Read the rest of this entry »