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Thursday July 26, 2012 - Issue #599

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

In honor of this week’s 19th International AIDS Conference held in Washington, D.C., along with the inspirational AIDS quilt presentations across the mall, please allow me to repeat a column I wrote (also in the Fearless Caregiver book) after my trip to the first presentation of the AIDS quilt in Washington D.C. in 1996.

Lincoln’s Tears 

We came from everywhere. From across the nation, across the continent, around the world. It seemed like we were millions. We came not only to mourn the too early deaths of friends and colleagues and loved ones. We came, all of us, to celebrate life. To celebrate the lives that have fallen to AIDS and to those who survive. We came to celebrate the lives of those fighting just to stay alive, and of those who fight for every life...read more

Take Care

Gary Barg


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Featured Article

Safety Begins at Home: Emergency Escape Plan for Loved Ones with Mobility Challenges

By Jennifer Wilson, Staff Writer

Children are usually taught about fire safety and disaster preparedness in school. Experts in the field, such as firefighters, teach through demonstrating how a family should safely and quickly evacuate their house during a fire, or how to seek shelter during a natural disaster, like a tornado or hurricane. The children are then encouraged to take the information they have learned and share it among their family members at home...read more

Guest Column

Hope: The Most Caring Gift
By Rev. A. Stephen Pieters

In AIDS caregiving, the most caring gift is hope. In my twenty years as a pastor and chaplain, and in my fifteen years as a person living with AIDS, I have repeatedly seen the strength, joy, and empowerment that hope brings....read more

Long-Term Care Channel


Not Another Sleepless Night
By Jennifer Buckley

A typical day for a caregiver might include on-the-job stress in the morning, a rush to a doctor’s appointment for your mother at lunchtime and battling bottle necked traffic in the evening only to come home and figure out what to cook everyone for dinner. By this time, your muscles feel achy and you crave the comfort and security of your bed, but when it’s time to turn in, once again you can’t fall asleep...read more

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Sharing Wisdom

From AJ in Chicago

I was a caregiver for my father for 10 years. I spent every dime of my money caring for him and when he died, I was left penniless! Please get some insurance on yourself and your loved one. If they are critically ill, there are a few insurance companies that will cover them. No one told me that insurance was for the living! Buying just enough to bury someone isn't the thing to do. You must have a plan for managing the financing for both you and the person you are caring for. Do not have your only insurance discussion with the funeral director. Please plan ahead.  

From Michelle in Houston

When an older person appears confused, don't assume they have the start of dementia. Check for a urinary tract infection and low sodium.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Lincoln’s Tears

Featured Article

Safety Begins at Home: Emergency Escape Plan for Loved Ones with Mobility Challenges
Guest Column

Hope: The Most Caring Gift


Not Another Sleepless Night
Sharing Wisdom


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