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Thursday September 27, 2012 - Issue #607

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 


The chill is settling into the air after a particularly hot summer for much of the country. The Halloween costumes have yet to be purchased (at least not on purpose) and the thought of pumpkin pie is still a distant memory at this point. So, right now is the best time to think about the holidays.

What?! We haven’t even trick or treated yet!  And, if you want to make the good Lord laugh, tell Him/Her (covering my bases) your plans.  This saying goes double for family caregivers. Yet, as in all good fearless caregiving, the more you can plan for contingencies, the better...read more

Take Care

Gary Barg


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Featured Article

Multiple Roles: Handling the Guilt

By Helen Hunter, ACSW, CMSW

There are many stresses and strains in the relationship between adult children and their aging parents, but one of the greatest of these stresses is the daily responsibility of caregiving. Providing hands-on care, food, shelter, clothing, transportation and companionship, as well as serving as financial manager and counsel has become commonplace for many adult children...read more

Guest Column

Stop Digging

By JoAnn Kunkle


"If You Find Yourself in a Hole, Stop Digging"

The quote is from Will Rogers, a simple talking philosopher, who just asked us to look honestly at ourselves, look around and appreciate what we see...read more

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Making Nursing Home Visits Meaningful
By Sandra Stimson

Oftentimes, as nursing home residents decline, they lose the ability to communicate. Sadly, this is a time when families stop visiting as often because they don’t know what to say or how to make the visits meaningful for the family, as well as their loved one. Sometimes, just being present can be satisfying...read more

Share your tip, advice, resource or observation.  

Sharing Wisdom

From Susan in Ohio

Caregivers should focus on what you and your loved one can do. Many people have developed the habit of talking about the challenge instead of focusing on the solution to the challenge. So, focus on what you and your loved one can do to improve the quality of life for both of you. Doing so, you energize yourself and those around you. - Susan, Mom to Jason (who has already completed his Earth mission)

From Caroline in NE Georgia

This may not be for everyone, but I found that singing to my loved one was terrifically helpful at specific times. I was caring for my 86-year-old cousin in the last stages of lung cancer and his wife, who was in the hospital recovering from emergency triple bypass surgery. In an attempt to get him to let me help him when he needed to get out of bed (he was quite unstable), I started leaning toward him and singing a song from his era: "Put your arms around me, Honey, hold me tight..." He immediately responded by smiling, singing with me, and hugging me while we stood. At times, he'd forget to walk and just stand there swaying and singing. The next song worked also: "Put one foot in front of the other, and soon you'll be walking 'cross the floor..." He did. He seemed very comforted by the music and the happy tone, and I was delighted. The music has given me happy memories from a tough time in all our lives.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor


Featured Article

Multiple Roles: Handling the Guilt
Guest Column

Stop Digging


Making Nursing Home Visits Meaningful
Sharing Wisdom


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