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Wednesday November 12, 2008 - Issue #406

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

For Those Who Serve

My grandfather served in World War Two, my dad in Korea, my uncle Mike in Vietnam, I have relatives serving in the military around the world today and thankfully one of my best friend's son is due to return home from Iraq on Thanksgiving day.

November is a month when we reflect on the honor and sacrifices of our military men and women, but this recognition needs to extend beyond the one day we celebrate this week. More than ever, in the coming years, our returning vets will need our help and support. So many veterans are living with the effects of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury.)We conducted an interview with Lee Woodruff, who’s husband Bob was attacked while reporting in Iraq. The article was aptly titled “A Partner in Care”.  

As our returning soldiers have bravely stood up for us, we need to do the same for them. Contact your congressperson and senator to see how they are voting on veterans appropriations, donate to organizations such as the Wounded Warrior ProjectThe Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

Now that I think of it, maybe there is a reason that National Family Caregivers month is in the same month as Veterans Day, both caregivers and veterans exemplify the same fighting spirit of those who care and those who serve.  

 

 

Take care

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


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Feature Article

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

By  Helen Hunter, ACSW, CMSW


Grandparents raising grandchildren have received considerable attention in recent years. Many observers perceive grandparent care to be a growing phenomenon. Nearly six million children and 1.5 million grandparents currently live in grandparent-grandchild households....Continued
 


 
Additional Article:
Understanding Challenging Behavior

By Sharon Roth Maguire MS, APRN-BC, GNP, APNP

While being a caregiver to unusual or so-called “difficult” behaviors, it is quite common for persons with dementia to display these types of behaviors and while many of these behaviors are predictable, like repetitive questioning, pacing, forgetting how to use common objects, etc...Continued
 


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Caregiver Story
One Foot, Other Foot

By Terri Corcoran 

“One foot, other foot,/One foot, other foot,/Now you can go/Wherever you want…”  Those lyrics from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Allegro often come into my head as I am helping my husband walk. ,...Continued

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Caretips

Hearing Problems in Loved Ones
By Jennifer B. Buckley

Do you find the need to repeat yourself more often than not to the person you are caring for? Does your talking level closely resemble your yelling level just so your care recipient can hear you?...Continued


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Inside This Issue:

For Those Who Serve
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Caregiver Story
One Foot, Other Foot
CareTips

 


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