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Thursday September 06, 2012 - Issue #604

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

So Keep on Smilin’

When you're smilin' keep on smilin'
The whole world smiles with you
When You're Smilin:
L. Shay, M. Fisher, J. Goodwin

Louie Armstrong knew what he was singin’ about.  The fine art of finding humor through adversity is one of the greatest tools we have in our toolkit as we care for our loved ones –not only for us, but for them as well. What a great way to start the fall—with a few smiles...read more

Take Care

Gary Barg



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Featured Article

The Value of Massage for Caregivers

By Kristine Dwyer, Staff Writer

Massage therapy isn’t just a luxury anymore and has actually become a vital part of health care practices worldwide. It is a holistic therapy that has shown positive effects on physical and mental health in addition to enhancing medical treatments. Having a massage does more than just relax the body and mind...read more

Guest Column

Long Distance Caregiver - Challenges and Solutions

By Helen Hunter, ACSW, CMSW


Families who struggle to care for a parent across the miles have a unique disadvantage. They cannot be there to know what is really happening. It is often difficult and frustrating to reach doctors or social service agencies and to be able to coordinate the needed care...read more

Long-Term Care Channel


Setting Limits Is The Key

Realizing the added pressure of being a full-time caregiver is not the only challenged faced by many. In many cases, it is the stress of caring for a loved one, all while maintaining a job and supporting a family...read more

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Sharing Wisdom

From TJ in WV

Life is too fragile and can change in an instant. Everyone needs to document their wishes in the event they would become unable to tell others. We never know; life is always changing. We make decisions about our lives all the time; this is just another part of that.  Advance directives and living wills do make a difference. Mine have been completed for some time.  It's not an easy subject, but families need to discuss it. Remember, it's your choice to make and it makes it easier for your family. They won't have to agonize over a decision they have made on your behalf. Discuss it and do it.  Complete your advance directives today.

From  Claudette in FL

If you can't leave your loved one alone for at least a couple hours now and then, I suggest calling your local churches. Many have volunteers who are willing to "adult sit" so you can run errands, go out to lunch with a friend, etc. It's a real morale lifter to take a well-needed break. Don’t let your pride get in the way.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

So Keep on Smilin’

Featured Article

The Value of Massage for Caregivers
Guest Column

Long Distance Caregiver - Challenges and Solutions


Setting Limits Is The Key
Sharing Wisdom


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