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Thursday November 15, 2012 - Issue #614

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Dear President Obama:

Congratulations on winning re-election to the highest office in the land. As you well know, our already divided nation was tested to its limits during this seemingly endless campaign season, which is mercifully behind us.

Mr. President, if I may be so bold as to make suggestions, I vehemently urge you to continue to pay attention to the needs of a huge and under-appreciated voting bloc, 66.7 million strong—the family caregivers.

Mr. President, the true burden of the American healthcare system has been unfairly placed squarely upon the shoulders of these healthcare heroes on a daily basis...read more

Take Care

Gary Barg
Editor-in-Chief

gary@caregiver.com


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Featured Article

Stress and the Holidays:
Coping Strategies to Keep you Sane

By Helen Hunter, ACSW, CMSW

Every year, the media bombards us with advertisements showing the “happy family” gathering for the holidays. People from different generations are together, having a wonderful time, sharing traditions of old and creating new ones as well.

It is not that way, though, for a great number of individuals. For those who don’t have families of their own, or for those who live alone and have relatives living far away, holidays often bring heartbreak and depression....read more


Guest Column

Life Lessons Are Not Always Easy
By Mary Muir, M.Ed.

 

This week has taken me on a journey I never wanted to take. For the first time, my mother does not know me. She has lost all connection to my face, my identity and my voice. For the past five years, Mom has been suffering with Alzheimer’s and lives in a rest home nearby...read more


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Caretips

Eight Tips to Managing Caregiver Guilt
By Dr. Vicki

Guilt is a common feeling in the landscape of caregiving. Guilt can propel you to be the best you can be…or it can immobilize you.

For caregivers, painful feelings — such as guilt, sadness and anger — are like any other pain. It’s your body’s way of saying, “Pay attention.” Just as the pain of a burned finger pulls your hand from the stove, so, too, guilt guides your actions and optimizes your health...read more

Share your tip, advice, resource or observation.  


Sharing Wisdom

From Elenor in Singapore

Every caregiver should love the work they do in order to be one.

From Debbie in Kent

Both my father and mother-in-law had dementia. We found it best to live in their world as much as possible. Go with the flow. When they refused care, we would say, “OK” and divert them to something enjoyable, or we asked them to "help" us with something unrelated. We would come back to the care need later. One time, Mother refused to get out of the car when we brought her home from the hospital. After trying to convince her for quite a while, we remembered and said “OK.” We drove away with her again. We let her win. After a few minutes, we came back home and said, "Oh good, home sweet home!" She willingly let us help her out of the car.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Dear President Obama:

Featured Article

Stress and the Holidays: Coping Strategies to Keep you Sane
Guest Column

Life Lessons Are Not Always Easy

Caretips

Eight Tips to Managing Caregiver Guilt
Sharing Wisdom

 


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