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Thursday November 17, 2011 - Issue #564

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

 Martyr Management

First, for my fellow dog lovers who have asked how Morris is doing after his surgery, the answer is - Great!  Thank you.  I feel like putting a bell around his neck because now his breathing is so clear, it is almost silent. (He sits behind me on the chair as I write this.)

Thanks also to the West Central Florida Area Agency on Aging and all our other partners and area caregivers who made last week’s Tampa Fearless Caregiver Conference such a tremendous day. 

At the beginning of each event, I thank an as yet unknown attendee for the wisdom they will share at some point during the day because usually someone says something that will be the subject of my next column.  Not this time. This time, I have many caregivers to thank who brought up the concept of caregiver martyrdom.  The twist is that they were all talking about someone in their family other than themselves...continued

Take care

Gary Barg

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Treating Alzheimer's...Preventing Alzheimer's

Feature Article

Escaping the Holiday Coulda-Woulda-Shouldas

By Sherri Issa

Enjoying the holidays as a caregiver includes letting go of a dangerous mindset called “coulda-shoulda-woulda” thinking, also known as the if-only syndrome. If there were such a thing as Caregivers Anonymous, the first step to combating this way of thinking would be to rid ourselves of that little voice inside us that says, "I can do it all. I am responsible for everything. Whatever I do, it's never enough. I need more hours in the day...continued

Guest Column

Alzheimer's Care Camp

By Jeanne Kessler

Teens are busy.  Whether it’s soccer practice, piano lessons or a scout meeting, teens are on the go.  So when I developed a program known as Care Camp, a four-hour workshop specifically designed for teens to learn about Alzheimer’s disease and spend some time visiting Alzheimer’s residents, the response was small...continued

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Care Travel: A Prepared Traveler is a Happy Traveler

Whether you travel abroad or domestically, there are some tips you should keep in mind. These suggestions have been written for the special needs traveler, but they apply to anyone going anywhere...continued

Share your tip, advice resource or observation.

Sharing Wisdom


From Cristy in Florida
A reminder to all whose loved ones need assistance. Please be supportive of their caregivers as well. Your loved ones will benefit more when their caregiver is happy and content. Many times, the family cares only for the welfare of their loved one and has only criticism for the caregiver.

From Renay in Georgia
My idea is to have a caregivers’ Saturday morning out: once a month on the fourth Saturday.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Martyr Management

Feature Article

Escaping the Holiday Coulda-Woulda-Shouldas
Guest Column

Alzheimer's Care Camp


Care Travel: A Prepared Traveler is a Happy Traveler  
Sharing Wisdom


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