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Thursday December 22, 2011 - Issue #569

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

A Caregiver's Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas,
When all through the house
A caregiver was scurrying,
Caring for her dear spouse;

His stockings were placed
Upon his feet with great care
In hopes he felt well enough to step
out for some fresh air...continued

Take care

Gary Barg

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Treating Alzheimer's...Preventing Alzheimer's

Feature Article

Supporting Caregivers As They Support
Our Veterans

By Kristine Dwyer, Staff Writer

Armed Forces continue to be prepared for lengthy overseas deployments, often serving multiple or extended tours of duty. This has created unparalleled stress and trauma; not only on those who serve, but also on their families during these deployments and upon their returns...continued

Guest Column

Nourishing Holidays

By Rita Miller-Huey

Ah, “‘Tis the season….” But for many of us, it is another day of the same old thing, or, maybe worse, it is a time when there are even more expectations and responsibilities placed upon us than we usually face...continued



Taking Care
By LeAnn Thieman

Terry stacks the breakfast dishes into the sink, hands the freshly-packed lunchboxes to her son and daughter, bundles them into their coats and boots and hustles them to the school bus...continued

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From Dave in NH

My sisters and I realized not too long ago that Mom's legs were beginning to give her trouble. We were able to convince her to have a stair lift installed since she lives on the second floor above my oldest sister. She understood it would minimize the possibility of a fall and keep her in the home. Not long after, we noticed she might need a cane for stability. The introduction of the cane did not go over as well. She insisted she did not need "one of those things." Several months went by as the cane stood in the corner at the bottom of the stairs, looking as new as the day it was purchased. In October, our family rented a house on a lake in Maine which Mom loved. The house had sliding glass doors leading onto a second floor deck overlooking the lake. The nights with the family by the campfire were priceless for her, but the trek back to the deck and up the stairs was not. My sisters and I noticed Mom had found a strong stick that she would use to assist her, along with one of us, at night's end. I wondered why she would use a stick from the woods, but not a cane. Then I thought maybe because it seems more natural--hikers use walking sticks, not canes. My wife and I made a trip to a small country store in town and purchased a natural wooden cane (oops, walking stick) with a slight curl at the top and a small rubber cup on the bottom. Problem solved; she thought the walking stick was beautiful! I believe she associated the cane with all it represents. The handcrafted walking stick, complete with knots and bark, seems okay. The bottom line is she is using it.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

A Caregiver's Christmas

Feature Article

Supporting Caregivers As They Support Our Veterans
Guest Column

Nourishing Holidays


Taking Care
Sharing Wisdom


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