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Wednesday  September 30, 2009 - Issue #452


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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Gift of a Lifetime

Last week in this column, I shared a conversation I had with a friend about male caregiver suicide. It was a discussion of great concern to both of us and, as reflected in your responses - to many of you.  All of the emails that I received were memorable, but none more so than the following:

Gary,

Wondered when the subject of suicide would ever be brought up in the Caregiver Magazine.  It has come full circle for me.
I had planned on taking my life and my husband's a few years ago.  He with his Parkinson's Disease and mine being a Caregiver and being very, very depressed. 

It was Christmas (a few years ago) and I had decided that if no help came to me I would take us out of life.  I was going to disconnect the furnace and have the carbon dioxide come into the house.  It would be quick and there would be no more sickness in this family.

I prayed to God to show me the way.  The day after that Christmas I got a Christmas card from a young man I had been engaged to years and years ago.  I had never forgotten him and always wondered what happened to him.  Long story short.  We were engaged and we both walked away from each other and had not seen or heard from each other in over 45 years.

This simple gesture changed my mind and my life.  I will be eternally grateful to God for giving me an answer to my prayers.  Sometimes you have to be careful what you pray for because you might get it and it isn't what you want.  This prayer was answered for me.
 
Thanks for being the person you are Gary.  You put out information to us that is valuable to our lives.

A long time newsletter reader.

Thank you for sharing this with us. You cannot know how many people you helped with your words.
 
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Take care


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


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Feature Article

 

One Miraculous Organ

By Frances Maguire Paist, Staff Writer

Perhaps the well-known song expresses it best. “Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start. When you read, you begin with A-B-C, when you sing you begin with Do-Re-Mi...Continued
 


 
Additional Article
Nutrition Ideas for Stress Reduction

By Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer

Stress depletes the body of energy in a variety of ways. Loss of sleep, feelings of agitation or depression, and development of poor eating habits are “side effects” of stress that need intervention...Continued
 


Guest Column
Helpful Tips for the Vision Impaired
By Deborah Kogler

Here are ten simple tips to make living with low vision more manageable.

1. Lighting
Increase the amount of lighting directly over the task that you are doing. Focus the light directly onto what you are doing. LED lights, natural light and natural daylight bulbs are recommended.  Do not use fluorescent lights as fluorescent light causes glare...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


 
Carenotes

Hello I am taking care of my paraplegic brother and he was just dropped from medicaid. Along with all the other benefits not allowed without the proper insurance I am unable to receive help myself through the DADS program. What do I do?

My husband is in the Army and since I became a caretaker I have not been able to find work and consider this a full time job. We are barely surviving on my husbands active duty pay . Are there any other ways to help my brother and provide for my family at the same time? If there is anything  you can tell me please let me know.

Thank you

R

 

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Inside This Issue:

Gift of a Lifetime
One Miraculous Organ
Other Article
Nutrition Ideas for Stress Reduction
Guest Column
Helpful Tips for the Vision Impaired

 


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