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Thursday February 09, 2012 - Issue #575

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Some Lovin’ Pushiness

I was in Philly last weekend for a short visit. My reason for visiting the City of Brotherly Love was to present the keynote speech at the Frontotemporal Degeneration Caregiver Conference hosted by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.  This was a great event with highly motivated caregivers, a dedicated staff and doctors who really gave a darn.

During my session, I spoke of the Reverse Gift List, which is where you can create a plan with bite-sized, easily manageable tasks to give to your friends, family and loved ones; and be assured that, more times than not, they will gladly respond to your request...continued

Take Care

Gary Barg



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Feature Article

The Graying of the AIDS Epidemic

By Liza Berger, Staff Writer

“Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.”
— Kurt Vonnegut

Laughter is like a breath of fresh air that we desperately need. This seemingly simple act affects most of your body systems...continued

Guest Column

Laughter: Medicine for the Heart

By Jane E. Maxwell

Active Listening. Listening is truly an art. It is a skill that can be acquired. One way to practice this skill is through active listening. Active listening is a technique in which the person listening re-states his or her understanding of what the speaker has said, before introducing their response to what has been said...continued



Are You a Type D Personality? Here’s the Antidote

By Debbie Mandel

Most of us feel frustrated when we think we have no control over what is happening to us. Living in ambiguity or uncertainty, we turn to our crystal balls and forecast gloom and doom in our lives...continued

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From Marion
My husband has Alzheimer’s.  He voluntarily gave up driving a year ago.  Last night, after seeing an old classmate, he became depressed that he can no longer drive and he misses his car.  He still carries two wallets and I told him to reduce that to one.  He doesn't need any wallet, let alone two.  But his responses made me realize that everything we ask our loved ones to give up makes them feel closer and closer to zero.  Does that make sense?  He still proudly carries his two wallets because they belong to him.  This hit me hard and it is a whopper of an issue for me.  I didn't even think of it that way until last night.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Some Lovin' Pushiness

Feature Article

The Graying of the AIDS Epidemic
Guest Column

Laughter Medicine for the Heart


Are You a Type D Personality? Here's the Antidote
Sharing Wisdom


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