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Thursday August 23, 2012 - Issue #603

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

'Tis the Season Yet Again

Donna, Isabel, Betsy, Inez, David, Andrew, Frances, Jeanne, Katrina, Wilma. This is not an invitation list for a family reunion, just a list of the hurricanes that I have been lucky(?) enough to live through.  Since I was born, I have never missed being there when a hurricane hit my neck of the woods in Southeast Florida.  When I graduated from college upstate, I drove back home through the onset of Hurricane David. Years later (actually 20 years ago this week), when Hurricane Andrew hit, I was home visiting my mother, even though I had lived away from Florida for the previous eight years...read more

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Featured 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. Families make tremendous sacrifices so that these men and women in uniform can provide military service and advance the cause of freedom throughout the world...read more


Guest Column

Karen's Story - I Was Both Patient
and Caregiver at the Same Time
By Karen Evans

I think when one becomes a 24/7 caregiver, they mentally move into that space in which only the take-charge dwell. They develop a tunnel vision which enables them to concentrate on the needs of their loved one without allowing the riffraff of everyday life invade that space...read more


Long-Term Care Channel

Caretips

Bipolar Tips for Families

  • Become as educated as possible on the different terms, symptoms, and causes of bipolar disorder

  • Talk to doctors and look for any possible warning signs of worsening condition...read more

Share your tip, advice, resource or observation.  


Sharing Wisdom

From  Kathy in WI

If you don't already have one, find a support group. I didn't think I needed anyone to help me through this, but finally gave in and found a group. They have become very dear friends. Some of them have been through many of the worst times with their loved ones. They offer wonderful friendship and support when you think you can't go on one more day.

From Teresa in IN

My husband and I are in our late fifties and we have been caring for our two granddaughters, ages 10 and 3. It is very difficult to be a parent and a grandparent at the same time. Mostly patience is the challenge. Also, keeping up with their energy, homework, school activities and fighting is overwhelming. I don't remember ever having this much chaos when raising our three daughters. Am sure we did, but it didn't seem that hard when we were younger. 

My biggest support is my husband. Without him, I am not sure I could handle this. He seems to have better control of their situations and can explain to them the reasons why it has to be that way. My second support is Sandy, a Caregiver Support Group leader, whom I see at least once a month. It doesn't cost anything and I always leave feeling so much better about what we are doing for our granddaughters. I cared for my mom in our home for four years full-time after her stroke and Sandy was a lifesaver. She was there for me to cry on, help me solve problems, make plans for a rest time away, and has become a good friend. Since caring for our granddaughters, we have given up our lives and plans together to provide for them. Of course, we wouldn't change anything as we love them with all our hearts.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

'Tis the Season Yet Again

Featured Article

Supporting Caregivers As They Support Our Veterans
Guest Column

Karen's Story - I Was Both Patient and Caregiver at the Same Time

Caretips

Bipolar Tips for Families
Sharing Wisdom

 


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