Choices ~ Healing ~ Love
August 1, 2003
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The summer has been incredibly hot and humid with many seniors being forced to remain homebound. I found this particularly difficult for my mother as she had spent quite a good part of the unusual winter we experienced inside as well. She is normally a very outgoing, people minded person.
I shared my viewpoints with my mother on the losses she has experienced. The losses I have experienced... Was my life a success or a failure? She had difficulty in expressing what this new aging process was like for her. She knew that she was happy to still be living on her own and independent in her own home. She was happy to not need someone caring for her 24/7 as she had on several occasions. She was finding new ways of finding love, joy and peace from within herself. She was content having her local friends to dine and sit in the park with. Her day was full with just doing everything necessary to maintain her independency. There weren’t enough hours in the day for her to accomplish all she needed to.
May your journey be gentle and beautiful!
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Summer is here again and it’s time to remind you about the hazards of dehydration in your older loved ones and how to prevent it.
I also suggest mixing half water and half-clear liquid. Put it in a sport bottle and encourage your loved one to sip on it frequently. If a loved one has dementia, offer fluids every two hours. Keep in mind that a fluid is any food that melts at room temperature, so ice cream, Jell-O, and sherbet fall into this category. Juicy fruits such as watermelon, oranges, and grapes are also good choices. A word of caution about caffeinated beverages, though, and some diet drinks: they act as diuretics increasing the risk for dehydration.
Copyrighted Mary C. Fridley RN, C
Mary C. Fridley RN, C is our featured Question & Answer columnist at Empowering Caregivers as well as a contributing editor. She is a Registered Nurse board certified in gerontology with more than twenty years of experience in the geriatric health field. She is a writer of advice columns and articles for caregivers as well as a public speaker. Write to Mary at: email@example.com and visit her site at: Gero-Resources.com
New Guide Helps Families Get Quality Palliative Care
The 16-page booklet, entitled “Palliative Care: Complete Care Everyone Deserves,” provides an easy-to-understand definition of palliative care, descriptions of who can benefit from palliative care, the elements of good palliative care, advice on how to obtain such care, and a list of related resources. A special section also addresses ways that families can work with long term care facilities such as nursing homes to ensure their loved ones receive any necessary palliative care.
HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson on June 26 announced that the agency has approved New York's plan to extend Medicaid benefits to uninsured working people with disabilities. Medicaid benefits will be offered to working people with disabilities who are between 16 and 64 years old, have incomes 250% or less of the federal poverty level and have up to $10,000 in assets. State officials expect more than 20,000 people will enroll in the new program in the next five years. This type of Medicaid expansion was approved under the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999, which encouraged people with disabilities to work and allowed them to retain their Medicare, Medicaid and other health benefits. Currently, 27 states have extended Medicaid benefits to 45,000 people with disabilities who work : MEDICAID
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The extent to which assistance can be provided, as well as the number of patients who can be helped, is determined by the availability of funds. At times, it may be necessary to place an approved request on a waiting list until funds become available.
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Uninsured U.S. residents, a group that includes millions of seniors without prescription drug coverage, pay an average of 72% more than the federal government for prescription drugs, according to a survey released July 15 by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, the Washington Post reports. In the survey, U.S. PIRG interviewed more than 500 pharmacies in 18 states and the District of Columbia to determine the amount that uninsured residents paid for the 10 most commonly prescribed medications compared to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Public Health Service (Ishida, Washington Post, 7/16). The survey found that uninsured residents of Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia on average paid 80% more for medications than the federal government. In addition, the survey found that of the large metropolitan areas examined, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Boston were the most expensive cities in which to purchase prescription drugs. U.S. PIRG Consumer Program Director Ed Mierzwinski said, "HMOs and the federal government use their buying power to negotiate fairer prices for the drugs they purchase. Unfortunately, uninsured consumers have no one doing the same on their behalf so drug companies are making money hand over fist from chronically ill Americans without prescription drug coverage." Click on this link to read more: Study
There's a bill called the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act which will require insurance companies to cover a minimum 48-hour hospital stay for patients undergoing a mastectomy.
It's about eliminating the "drive-through mastectomy" where women are forced to go home hours after surgery against the wishes of their doctor, still groggy from anesthesia and sometimes with drainage tubes still attached.
When the people fear the government you have tyranny...when the government fears the people you have liberty.
They've boiled the Bill of Rights down to just one: "YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT!"
The things that will destroy us are:
I used to believe that we must choose between science and reason on one hand, and spirituality on the other, in how we lead our lives. Now I consider this a false choice. We can recover the sense of sacredness, not just in science, but in perhaps every area of life.
Larry Dossey, M.D.
What a man thinks of himself, that is what determines, or rather indicates, his fate.
Henry David Thoreau
Each man had only one genuine vocation -- to find the way to himself... His task was to discover his own destiny -- not an arbitrary one -- and live it out wholly and resolutely within himself. Everything else was only a would be existence, an attempt at evasion, a flight back to the ideals of the masses, conformity, and fear of one's own inwardness.
A friend confided in me that he was struggling to understand his responsibility in a world obsessed with war. I told him the answer is simple: choose peace.
Copyrighted by Alan Cohen, M.A.
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Hi y'all, I am 55 & am taking care of my 85 year old Mom who has Kidney cancer, wet, end stage macular degeneration (blind), diabetes, (type 2 insulin dependent), & COPD....I need a place to know that there are other people going through what I am, and their thoughts and ways of dealing with the agony a loved one goes through on the way to their final peace. It would feel so good to have a place just to talk about what I feel too, anger, frustration, sadness and coping... I have hopes of meeting new friends in here. Puppluv
My name is Stephanie, I am 48. My father is 83, my mother is 82. My father has progressive Parkinson's, and my mother has a deteriorating disc in her back. I have moved back to the USA from Norway,with my two small children and husband to help care for my parents. My brother, near and dear, has been diagnosed with diabetis, and is going blind, his wife has M.S. I have now become a central support giver for everyone. I am overwhelmed, dealing with all the sickness, sadness, and financial implications. I need to be strong, and read, and get support, but at this moment, right now, sitting here, I am just at the wall. I read everyone out there's intro and situations. It makes me feel less alone. My father fell twice this week, so I am now staying with them and driving back and forth from my own family, my parents, and my brothers. My dad tends to diagnose himself, and now have overdosed twice on l-dopa, so we had to take his meds away. He is angry at the world. I love him , my mom, my family, and my brother. I just hope I have enough love for them all. Stephanie
A little old lady was running up and down the halls in a nursing home. As she walked, she would flip up the hem of her nightgown and say, "Supersex."
An older gentleman was on the operating table awaiting surgery and he insisted that his son, a renowned surgeon, perform the operation. As he was about to get the anesthesia he asked to speak to his son. "Yes, Dad, what is it?"
"Don't be nervous, son; do your best and just remember, if it doesn't go well, if something happens to me ... your mother is going to come and live with you and your wife...."
Gardening Rule: When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.
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