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Friday January 2, 2009 - Issue #413


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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

A Truly Fine 2009

I thought it would be a good start to a tremendous 2009 by relating the best thing I had read in 2008. Here’s hoping you have a truly great year.

The Paradox of Our Times

  • The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.
  • We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.
  • We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things. We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice.
  • Remember, spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.
  • Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.
  • Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.
  • Remember, to say, "I love you" to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.
  • Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again. Give time to love, give time to speak, and give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.
  • Remember - Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
 

Take care

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


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Feature Article

Home for the Holidays

By Janice Wallace


Many of us live far away from our families. The holidays are times when we reconnect with our loved ones. Holidays are an opportunity to take an objective look at how the seniors in our families are coping. ....Continued
 


 
Additional Article
New Year's Resolution

Fitness at 50+: Five Barriers You Can Beat

While exercise is often touted as a fountain of youth, it often gets harder to do as you get older.
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Caregiver Story
My Neighbor's Compassionate Act

By Joseph Beauchemin

In the middle of a raging snowstorm that had sleet adding misery to the weather conditions, I suddenly developed a severe case of Cellulitis in my leg and had spiked a high fever....Continued

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Caretips

Top Ten Things For Caregivers To Start Doing
for the Approaching New Year

1. Keep records of all medications and reactions: make notes about what works, what doesn't and when you informed the physician of any problems...Continued


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Two years ago I had a stroke and my wife is my primary caregiver.  I am more concerned about her than I am about me, as she has become increasingly depressed and nothing seems to help her out of that depression.  She has tried therapy but says it does her no good.  I feel so helpless as I am afraid that one day she is going to just break down.  I have told her to arrange for someone to be with me while she takes a break but she wants none of that.

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Inside This Issue:

A Truly Fine 2009
Home for the Holidays
Caregiver Story
My Neighbor's
Compassionate Act
CareTips

 


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