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Thursday January 05, 2012 - Issue #571

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

The Fear Factor

 A reader asked me recently about how we can talk about “fearless caregiving” since there is so very much fear inherent in caregiving.  She found the fact that we could use the word “fearless” when talking about caregiving to be, at best, unrealistic.

What a wonderful question to start off the New Year. I would be lying if I said that I do not feel fear when dealing with any new challenge to a loved one’s health and well-being...continued

Take care

Gary Barg



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Feature Article

Caregivers Providing Pain Management

By Jude Roberts, Staff Writer

One of the most frightening and stressful aspects of caregiving is not knowing what to do when your loved one is experiencing pain. It’s important to remember that there is actually no reason for this pain to go untreated or be ignored...continued

Guest Column

Improved Wartime Pension

By Michael D. Fowler, J.D., LL.M.

The availability of assistance to veterans with unreimbursed medical expenses is a little-known and often misunderstood benefit, which can provide payments of up to $2,020 per month to a married veteran and $1,094 per month to the surviving spouse of a veteran...continued



Tips for Strengthening Bones

By Jennifer B. Buckley

As women of the baby boom generation reach menopausal age, their risk of having weakened bones due to Osteoporosis goes up. Osteoporosis is a skeletal disease that decreases bone mass and affects over 10 million Americans...continued

Share your tip, advice resource or observation.

Sharing Wisdom


From Tippy2 in MO
Dealing with an oxygen hose: A person on oxygen from a concentrator frequently catches the hose on corners or chair legs when moving around the house. You can solve this problem by purchasing some "pour spouts" from the local paint store or hardware store. These pour spouts are round plastic for use on the top of paint cans. They can be trimmed to fit under chair legs or door corners, or any place a hose catches.  They can be tacked or taped to hold them in place. Try it;  they work.

From Rubetta in OK
My dad passed away Christmas night 1968 and my mother, who had cancer, always made Christmas special with lots of family and friends. I recently lost my husband of 41 years and I'm very determined to keep Christmas special for my children and grandchildren. I love lights (God is light) and staying close to God keeps me hopeful for a much brighter future! God bless you all and let God bless you daily...not just at Christmas.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

The Fear Factor

Feature Article

Caregivers Providing Pain Management
Guest Column

Improved Wartime Pension


Tips for Strengthening Bones
Sharing Wisdom


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