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Thursday October 11, 2012 - Issue #609

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

The Gift Shop Gift

I believe that I have the unique distinction of being the only person traveling to Ohio this week who is not running for office, working for someone running for office or reporting on the people running for office.  The P.A. system at the Columbus airport sounded like it was announcing the new fall cable television lineup.  “Mr. /Ms. (fill in name of major political reporter), please meet your party at baggage claim.”  Although the elections are extremely interesting for a political junkie, I was in Ohio for something even more interesting, important, educational, and even fun.

I was there for the 119th Fearless Caregiver Conference which was hosted by our partners at the Area Agency on Aging Region 9.  Thanks to AAA CEO Jim Endly, Caregiver Coordinator Laurel Dubeck and their extremely dedicated team for their incredible efforts...read more

Take Care

Gary Barg


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Featured Article

Support Group Savvy

By Kristine Dwyer, LSW, Staff Writer

“In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.”   Flora Edwards

According to Webster’s dictionary, the word “support” means to give courage or faith to; help, comfort; to carry the weight of; to give approval to, be in favor of or uphold. All of these words describe the framework around which support groups are built...read more

Guest Column

Funerals Should be Medicine for the Caregiver

By Daniel Mandel

Those who are preparing for the end often contemplate how to make things easier for the people who will be left behind. Too often, their conclusion is some simple disposal of his/her body with no service will be the least painful.

As a funeral director for the last quarter century, I have assisted thousands of grieving families and I have concluded that all of us need to say goodbye. We see over and over again, when tragic deaths occur, complete strangers build roadside memorials. This shows our need for closure and mourning...read more

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Diabetic Foot Care Tips
By Dr. Tamara D. Fishman

  1. Never soak your feet.

  2. Never apply heat of any kind to your feet.

  3. Never cut your own toenails, refer to a podiatrist or medical doctor...read more

Share your tip, advice, resource or observation.  

Sharing Wisdom

Sleep Aids 

From Amanda

I find that taking even a short, relaxing soak in a warm tub before turning in for the night to be a great aid. 

From S. A.  in Arizona

I have found that repetitive prayer helps lull me into sleep after a day that should exhaust both mind and body. I am Catholic, so I pray the rosary, but any repetitive prayer should work. Just tell yourself beforehand that it is okay if you only say a few prayers before you fall asleep or you'll be creating a whole new set of problems! (smile) Good luck!

From A caregiver in Delaware

I am not a great sleeper, but I find that if I write a list of what's on my mind—even little things like having to make a phone call the next day or send a thank you note or take out the trash, it's not on my mind anymore so I don't have to worry about it.  This allows me to go to sleep and rest without worrying about the details of the next day.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

The Gift Shop Gift

Featured Article

Support Group Savvy
Guest Column

Funerals Should be Medicine for the Caregiver


Diabetic Foot Care Tips
Sharing Wisdom


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