Wednesday, October 06, 2004, Issue #192

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From The Editor

Time Passages

Regular visitors to may have realized that things look a little different at the website. We are extremely excited that after many months of hard work by a dedicated design, web and editorial team, we are able to provide a new and (I believe) warmer web experience. This represents the greatest innovations since we launched in 1995. You will see that we are able to provide more regional support to our visitors (Florida is already up and running), the discussion room is faster and more interactive, the newsletter is redesigned for easier usage and the new website design is kind of nifty, too. Stay tuned for more innovations in the coming weeks.

Thirteen years ago yesterday, my father passed on after living with bone marrow cancer for the previous fifteen months. I had to stop for a minute as I realized that any child celebrating a Jewish Bar Mitzvah or a Catholic Confirmation would have never shared a day of life with him, it seems like just yesterday that we last spent time together. Dad was an amazing people-person, in his presence, whether you knew him for a minute or fifty years, you knew that you mattered to him and that he was truly interested in what was going on in your life. I think he would have very much enjoyed spending time with the caregivers we have been blessed to know as we enter our tenth year of publication. And I only hope that we are making him proud as we continue his legacy of caring.

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Gary Barg




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Feature Story

Care Camp
By Jeanne Kessler

Teens are busy.  Whether it’s soccer practice, piano lessons or a scout meeting, teens are on the go.  So when I developed a program known as Care Camp, a four-hour workshop specifically designed for teens to learn about Alzheimer’s disease and spend some time visiting Alzheimer’s residents, the response was small.. ...Continued

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When Guilt Comes Knocking

Rays of Sunshine



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Guest Column

Respite: Enjoy A Guilt-Free Time-out
By Kate Murphy, RN

Why is it that the words “respite” and “guilt” seems to go hand in hand? Why do we as caregivers feel we are somehow failing our loved one by admitting that we need help, need time to recharge our batteries, or just need time to play a bit? Perhaps because so many of us still hold on to the myth that says the caregiver has to be all things to all people. ...Continued


Forty-Eight Mental Breaks for Caregivers

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
Time Passages
Feature Story:
Care Camp
Guest Column
Respite: Enjoy a Guilt-Free Time-out