ElderCare Beacon Newsletter
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This months newsletter will be a bit short. I am preparing to make a significant change in my life.
In 1997, I began ElderCare Online as a part-time experiment to meld my interest in elder caregiving with my experience in computers and the Internet. Two years later, I am preparing to leave my full-time job as a technology consultant to devote all of my energies to this "experiment."
I promise that in the coming months I will be working even harder to bring you the most useful information, the most practical educational modules and the most supportive online community. I will prepare a special mid-month holiday issue for you.
Wish me luck as I begin this great adventure.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
PARTICIPATING IN CLINICAL TRAILS
Christine Weber, M.A. and Mary Sano, Ph.D. of the Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center at Columbia University have written an informative and practical article that all caregivers to a person with Alzheimers Disease should read. They address the issues that you need to know when considering whether to participate in clinical trials.
Clinical trials evaluate treatments to determine if they can improve, delay or prevent a disease or a symptom. Many clinical trials are being conducted to find treatments and preventions for Alzheimers Disease and for memory loss among older people. Clinical trials are conducted with new drugs that have been discovered in the laboratory or in nature and with known drugs to see if they can help a new disease or symptom. Participating in clinical trials offers many opportunities to learn more about treatments and disease. However, it is important to have a good understanding of the risks and benefits of any study when making a decision to participate.
Read the complete article on the Alzheimers Care Channel at http://www.ec-online.net/alzchannel.htm
TWO NEW SKILL BUILDERS ADDED
We are gradually enhancing the educational components of the website to bring you more practical guides on how to care for your loved one at home. This month we have two new guides: how to prevent pressure sores and how to treat them once they have formed. These Skill Builders should be used as additions to the care instructions provided by your elders medical professional team. Please let us know of other topics that you need information on. If there are experienced caregivers or nurses in the audience, we would love to have your expert advice.
Read all the Skill Builders at http://www.ec-online.net/Knowledge/SB/SkillBuilders.htm
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