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 Tuesday December 20, 2011 - Issue #65

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefThe Lee Woodruff Interview
A Partner in Care

Lee Woodruff is a freelance writer and public relations executive. She and her husband, Bob Woodruff, are the authors of In an Instant: A Family’s Journey of Love and Healing, The New York Times best-selling book about their family’s difficult journey during Bob’s critical injury in Iraq while anchoring a broadcast for ABC News. Lee and Bob have also established the Bob Woodruff Family Fund for Traumatic Brain Injury to raise money to assist members of the military with cognitive rehabilitation and other care needs. Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg’s interview with Lee sheds a light on this dedicated care advocate.

Gary: It has been a few years since Bob was injured in Iraq. How is he doing?

Lee Woodruff: Bob is doing amazing and his recovery is miraculous; but as miraculous as it is, it was also hard work, as anybody knows who is caregiving someone or going through any kind of rehabilitation or recovery. It is day-to-day and some days are better than other days...continued

Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Holiday Help: Relieving Caregivers’ Stress
By Cheryl Smith

Who doesn’t feel overwhelmed sometimes by the bustle of the holiday season? Add to that the responsibility of caring for a frail elderly loved one, and burnout is simply a concept waiting to become reality...continued

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Guest Column

Coping with Holidays as a Caregiver
By Brenda Race

We all know that Holidays can be a very stressful time just in living an ordinary family life. There is much confusion with the hustle and bustle of preparing for extra company, fixing special meals and playing the host while trying to also enjoy the whole experience ourselves...continued


The Gift of Now
By Ann Fowler

A hedge row stitches suede sky to prairie patches.
I brake for a weathered, red truck and read the “eat beef” bumper sticker.
My pulse slows as Public Radio plays Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring...continued

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My mom, 81, has been staying in an assisted living place off and on for a year, due to several surgeries and physical therapies.  She was staying with my husband and me between surgeries.  The state has been paying for most of her expenses for the last four months.  That is coming to an end because she still owns a house that has been reverse mortgaged twice.
She does not want to live with us because she does not like the big city and wants to move back home.  She is in need of 24/7 care.  I have brothers in the coastal town where her home is, but they do not want to be her caregiver unless they are able to move in with her and have her support them, plus being paid. They have not worked for years and their caregiving is not the same as mine.
My husband and I want her to live with us.  She has her own furnished room and private bathroom. I will be retiring the first of the year, so I could care for her.  Her house is 120 miles away, so it’s not easy to drive back and forth on a regular basis.
She has a lot of medical conditions and visits the doctors regularly.  My brothers in the past did not go in to see the doctors with mom.  She gets confused and doesn’t remember what the doctors say to her, so it’s imperative that someone accompany her.
Mom's house needs a lot of work before she can safely live there--wiring, floor rot, and plumbing problems. The house needs to be liquidated and on the market, we all know; but after living there 40 years, Mom has a lot of stuff and wants top dollar if we sell her things.
Do you have any suggestions for me or know where I can turn?  I have not joined a caregiving group here…perhaps that’s where I should start.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
The Lee Woodruff Interview A Partner in Care

Feature Article
Holiday Help: Relieving Caregivers' Stress

Guest Column
Coping with Holidays as a Caregiver

The Gift of Now


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