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Wednesday February 27,  2008 - Issue #368

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief

 Viva la'  Cause and Effect

According to the National Sanitary Institute, there was a striking 15% decrease in admissions of patients with myocardial infarction to emergency wards since the public ban on smoking came into effect in restaurants, hotels and casinos in France last January.  Similar results were published in Italy by the Environmental Health Authority and researchers in Rome found an 11.2 percent reduction of acute coronary events since the January 2005 smoking ban took effect in Italy.

This is truly not a diatribe on the ill effects of smoking (although if you'd like one, I would most emphatically oblige), I was just struck once again by the ever constant value of the concept of cause and effect.

Let's see, you stop smoking and heart disease goes down, you maintain an appropriate exercise program and you are more able to deal with the pressures of caring for your loved one, you go to support groups and you stay healthy longer and are less stressed.

Cause and Effect, now there's a law I can get behind. 

I think I'll have a salad today.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow in Miami and at the 10th anniversary Fearless Caregiver event in Ft. Lauderdale in May.

Take care


Gary Barg



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Feature Article

Keeping the Home in Medical Equipment

By Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer 

The varieties of situations caregivers deal with on a yearly basis often include one or more experiences with medical equipment brought into the home.  ...Continued

Additional Article:

Support Group Savvy

By: Kristine Dwyer, Staff Writer

“In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.”   Flora Edwards ...Continued


Caregiver Story

A Week With Grandma

By: Sherry Churchill

Sally was crying on the telephone!” exclaimed my bewildered mother “I didn’t know what to say to her! I think she is exhausted from taking care of mom and that makes her depressed!” ....  ...Continued

(Do you have a story? Tell us.)


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Traditional support groups- Usually conducted by peers, this form of support is usually informal ...Continued



My father has recently been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.   We are experiencing some troubled times with him.  He has become extremely irritable, has temper tantrums, and refuses to eat with us at meal time.

I was not aware that people with Parkinson's had this type of behavior.  Do you have any suggestions to get him to be more cooperative?


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
Viva la' Cause and Effect
Feature Article
Keeping the Home in Medical Equipment
Caregiver Story
A Week with Grandma

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