ago this week, I pulled a rental truck up to the
loading dock of the printer who had been contracted
to produce the first issue of Today’s Caregiver
magazine. A friend and I loaded the magazines in the
pouring rain and spent the next few days driving to
every hospital waiting room within three counties
delivering the publications. Little did I know, way
back then, just how very much I would learn from the
caregivers I met along the way and just how
interactive the act of sharing wisdom with family
caregivers would become.
In each of the
over 50 Fearless Caregiver Conferences we have held
so far and in every letter, email, phone call and
airplane conversation I have had with a family
caregiver, I feel that I have learned just a little
bit more about the best practices in caregiving. It
is always a pleasure to be able to share this wisdom
with our readers, so you can only imagine how elated
I have been this past week as the responses to the
question in last week’s newsletter have come rolling
in. It is with
pleasure that I share some of the following
responses from the true caregiving experts – you.
It is amazing
how we get ourselves so engrossed in caregiving we
do not have, or take, the time to think of
ourselves, especially to plan ahead for
I am not a
professional.. rather currently in a caregiving role
and wish you the best in the next chapter of your
sorry for your loss...I know how it is to be a
caregiver. I take care of my mom who is 84 and my
hubby who is mentally disabled…Continue
necessarily believe that pursuing a career in one of
the fields of caregiving is in your best
First let me
convey my condolences to you on the loss of your
father, and my sympathies to you on the loss of so
many other family members…Continue
Loves You!!! You may consider going into contract
management at a local hospital…Continue
For 18 years
I had a career of my choice that I loved but decided
to do something different after caring for my father
who had Alzheimer’s…Continue
Ted may be
able to reach out for some job training programs
This is a
great opportunity to suggest he contact his local
hospice for bereavement support services…Continue
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Who are they and do I need one?
By Sandra Fusion, Staff Writer
There are so many benefits, both financial and assistance-oriented
to which individuals are entitled ....Continued
A Nice Touch
by Cyndie Goins Hoelscher
The day began ominously enough. Low
clouds, shrouded in mourning colors, hung heavily in the sky,
threatening to weep during the plein air class at the Botanical
Let's Not Talk About That Now...
By Jennifer Kay
Too often families do not like to talk about issues
surrounding death, dying and funerals. Why should they ask? .....Continued
Legally Protect Your Aging
By Terry Abrams Berger, Esq.
Without proper legal planning, caring
for aging loved ones is often emotionally and
financially distressing for everyone involved.
Care Tips for Elderly Loved Ones
Jennifer B. Buckley
If you are
caring for an elderly loved one at home, you
should make them as comfortable and safe as
F r o m O u r R e a d e r s
Hi, my wife has a pituitary
brain tumor. She was diagnosed
in Nov 2003 and had surgery in
Jan 2004 going up through the
sinus to the brain. Still having
symptoms, her doctor went after
the rest of the tumor with Gamma
Knife radiation surgery. My
question is, since both the
surgeries her personality and
her ability to think clearly have
changed and it frustrates her.
Has any other care giver noticed
this with their spouse or family
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