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Thursday November 6, 2008 - Issue #405

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

An Open Letter 2008

Dear President-Elect Obama,

Congratulations on winning the election to the highest office in the land. As you well know, our already-divided nation was tested to its limits during this seemingly endless campaign season, and I sincerely hope that you are dedicated to taking immediate and honest steps to bring us together under your leadership. 

Mr. President-Elect, if I may be so bold as to make suggestions, I vehemently urge you to pay attention to the needs of a huge and under-appreciated voting bloc that is 54 million strong - the family caregivers. The true burden of the American healthcare system has been unfairly placed squarely upon the shoulders of these heroes on a daily basis. If all family caregivers went on strike today, we would have to find almost 200 billion dollars each and every year to replace the work they do for their loved ones for no salary and with little support.

From eldercare to long-term rehabilitation to special needs caregiving, all the candidates in this election (you, Vice-President-Elect Biden, Senator McCain and Governor Palin) have a personal relationship with caregiving and the healthcare system greater than at any time in recent history, and all of you have been open and honest about sharing your stories with us. This is truly a great thing for all caregivers.

Please understand that we as a nation stand behind you in these troubled times, but we also need you to stand behind us and our loved ones. We are interested in how you and Congress will decide issues such as Medicare, drug re-importation, medical research, and tax relief for caregivers, and we will be sharing our feelings and findings with our fellow caregivers.

We invite you to look to your family caregiver constituents for advice, support and wisdom, as we are all in this together.

 

 

Take care

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


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Feature Article

Emotional States Play a Role in Level of Pain

By  Kerin McShane, T.C., M.S., Ph.D. 


For thousands of people, pain is a keen reminder of an injury or illness that can lead to equally disabling mental suffering. Out of fear, people whose systems are already compromised may feel their pain greater than they need to, causing an emotional reaction that keeps them feeling worse...Continued
 


 
Additional Article:
Matters of the Heart
Reclaiming Intimacy After a Heart Attack

By Mary Damiano

One of the biggest issues caregivers face when their loved one is recovering from a heart attack is resuming intimacy. One reason for this is the myth that sexual activity can bring on another attack...Continued
 


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Caregiver Story
A Life Forever Altered, Forever Changed

By Sharon Pulido

Do you ever think things are going too good to be true and something bad must happen to compensate?  I have always thought that way.  When I met my husband, Mario, our life was wonderful...Continued

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Caretips

Maintaining Emotional Intimacy
When Your Loved One Is Ill
By Mary Damiano

In our culture, when we discuss intimacy, many people think immediately of sexuality. While sex may be part of an intimate relationship, it in no way encompasses it. When we think of intimacy as only sex it makes it difficult to focus on the other really satisfying parts of human relationships...Continued


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My mother is in the early  stages of Alzheimer's and can still help herself.  She is well enough now to still live alone, but I live very close by so I am with her all the time.

My mother is very stubborn and will not let anyone advise her, so what I need to know  is this: how do I get my mother to shower regularly and wash her hair? She swears that she takes a bath everyday, but I can tell when she has not taken a bath.  I think she believes that she washes her hair, (If that is possible) but I know that she has not washed her hair in over 2  months. What can I do?

Any advice you can give me will be most appreciated.



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Inside This Issue:

An Open letter 2008
Emotional States
Caregiver Story
A Life Forever Altered, Forever Changed
CareTips

 


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