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Thursday October 25, 2012 - Issue #611

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

A Tale of Two (Conference) Cities

Hi, Gary!

I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the Fearless Caregiver presentation at Salt Fork in Ohio.  The information was so relevant and affirming. I have helped provide care to my mother-in-law who has Alzheimer’s disease (my sister-in-law is the full-time caregiver and the REAL angel!), and also provided care to my father who died this past February due to cancer.

I’ve been in geriatric social work for 37 years and it is just my nature to believe that I have to be able to do it all. WRONG! It is so difficult to delegate, but it is so necessary. You offered so many ways that caregivers can delegate without feeling that they (we) are neglecting our responsibility.  (Even if we have an over-inflated idea of responsibility!)

Thank you again. And thank you for the work you are doing!


I received this email as I was returning from serving on a panel at the first annual event held by our good friend Pat Sacco, founder and CEO of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Association of the Treasure Coast in Port Saint Lucie, Florida...read more

Take Care

Gary Barg


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Featured Article

Putting Your Best Foot Forward

By Mary Damiano

Feet are one of the most important yet maligned parts of the body. They are our little chauffeurs, getting us where we want to go. They’re twin fashion statements, getting squeezed into trendy shoes no matter how high the heel or how narrow the toe. And they are our little scapegoats, because even as we try to do something good for the rest of the body, like walk or run, our feet still bear the brunt of abuse...read more

Guest Column

Considerations for Caregivers

By Arthur N. Gottlieb MSW, LMSW, CSA

Caregiving is not for everyone. Remember, it’s not about you. If the relationship is too emotionally charged or patience is not your best virtue, find someone else to take over the primary role of caregiver.

It is important to reflect upon your motivations for being a caregiver and to make an honest assessment of your limitations...read more

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Coping Skills
By Sandi Magadov

The day you discover your child has cancer, your whole life changes. No matter what the outcome may be, you are now living on an emotional roller coaster. When my son was first diagnosed, he was scared and angry, and he was embarrassed to lose his hair. The fact remained that although he was now a cancer patient, he was still a 14 year old teenager with all the typical emotions, feelings and concerns...read more

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Sharing Wisdom

From Kathy in Dallas

Though my mom has Alzheimer's, we are closer now than we ever have been. Once in a while, when her mind is clearer, she thanks me for caring for her and tells me that she doesn't want to be a worry. I am so glad to have those moments; they get me through the hard times. My brother, sister and I have worked hard to cooperate and share the load, and we have grown closer as well. I realize now how lucky I am; and while we have very difficult times and I get tired, I would not trade these times for any other. 

From Mary in Seattle

My parents moved in with me 12 years ago and I became their caregiver very shortly thereafter. We had many children in my family growing up and I was at the tail end of the brood, so my interactions with my parents were sparse. Having them live with me as an adult and ultimately caring for them as they died was very profound. My daughter was raised with her grandparents, something I had never known, and I was able to secure new memories of both parents that will last me the rest of my life. In short, a gift.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

A Tale of Two (Conference) Cities

Featured Article

Putting Your Best Foot Forward
Guest Column

Considerations for Caregivers


Coping Skills
Sharing Wisdom


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