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Friday March 14 2008 - Issue #370

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief

 C.P.R.

I have a confession to make. I am actually quite addicted to books by business gurus, you know the type, “Swim with sharks without ripping your pajamas, “Learn to better yourself in every way in 200 pages,” or “The greatest business advice you will ever buy is within these pages.” I know, it's kind of a guilty pleasure, but I really like the attitude the folks have. Upbeat, positive and with a slew of guides, Top Ten lists (I guess I’m guilty of that, as well) and acronyms, like c.o.m.m.i.t. (Conscientiously Obtain Many Material and Important Things), or the ABC’s of Winning (attention, brains and cash), well, these aren’t so great, but you get the point.

Actually, these business thinkers got me thinking about how much being a family caregiver is like running a small business. You have skills that must be learned. You need to successfully interact with a larger system You must enroll others in the success of your caregiving and you have an all-encompassing goal, in this case, it is providing the best care possible for your loved one(s). I guess you can call your company “Caring R Us, incorporated.”

I also think we deserve our acronyms as well. And the first one I came up with should be used as a way for us to think of ourselves as caregivers. C.P.R. No, not, cardio-pulmonary-resuscitation (although, we all need to learn the technique) but, Consistent, Persistent and Resistant. Consistent, because as your loved ones advocate, you need to not only be consistently aware of his or her situation, but you must react to the healthcare community with clear thinking consistency. Persistent, this needs little explanation, because I think anyone reading this column is already persistent in demanding the best care possible for their loved one and Resistant, not only to any forces opposing the best care for your loved one, but to anything that gets in the way of you taking care of yourself as well. 

Now, if only we can get someone to raise our salaries as family caregivers, we’ll be in business.

Take care

 

Gary Barg
Editor-in-Chief
gary@caregiver.com

 


 

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Feature Article

Understanding Urinary Incontinence
for Today's Caregiver

Jacek L. Mostwin, MD,DPhil
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Thanks to a growing awareness of the physical problems and social repercussions of urinary incontinence, more and more people—including doctors—are taking incontinence seriously. ...Continued
 


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Caregiver Story

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Many long-distance caregivers find a PERS to be a good way of keeping-up with their loved one, as well as helping them to maintain their independence. ...Continued

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 By The Staff at Caregiver Media Group

 

People -- sometimes friends, relatives, helpful technicians at the doctor's office, concerned co-workers-- are always telling us, "reduce your stress, sweetie, and you'll feel better." ...Continued


 

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From the Editor
C.P.R.
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