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Thursday December 06, 2012 - Issue #617

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Holmes for the Holiday

For those long distance caregivers who are going home to visit your caregiving loved ones, may I be so bold as to offer a few suggestions.
Although it would be a bit inappropriate to walk into your loved one’s home with an old trench coat, large magnifying glass in hand and sporting a Sherlock Holmes Deerstalker hat, nevertheless, my dear Watson, you are on a case—the case I call “The Holiday Visit of the Caregiver Detective.” (Cue organ crescendo.)

When there, you need to be inquisitive without becoming an inquisitor, but you might want to take some time to look around the home for safety issues including the following...read more

Take Care

Gary Barg


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Featured Article

Holiday, Gifts and Stress

By Jude Roberts, Staff Writer

Even if you’re not a caregiver, the threat of the holidays being right around the corner strikes instant fear, terror and major stress into the hearts of almost everyone. However, there is hope for caregivers to enjoy the holiday season and still make it a special time for their loved one as well. The key is to pace yourself, as well as to help your loved one do the same, so that neither of you will feel completely drained, depressed or overwhelmed, especially during such a special time of year. Here are some suggestions that may help you both survive the holidays...read more

Guest Column

Special Needs Children Turning 18 Years Old
By Lori K. Murphy, Esq., Bean, Kinney & Korman, P.C.


A single mother of an adult child visited me to prepare her estate plan.  During our first meeting, she shared that her 24-year-old adult son lives at home and has a mental impairment.  He recently needed a new physician and my client requested to direct his medical care. In response, the new physician asked for her son’s medical power of attorney.  My client was thrown for a loop–she had always directed his medical care and no one before had asked for a power of attorney...read more

CFA 2013 Call for Entries


Coping with Depression: Signs You Might be in Trouble

When caregivers take on the responsibility of caring for a loved one, we expect our lives to change. What is unexpected, and often goes unnoticed, is the forfeiting of our own well-being in order to become a primary caregiver. 

Ask yourself the following questions. If you answer, “Yes,” to any of them, you need assistance...read more

Share your tip, advice, resource or observation.  


The Gift of Now
By: Ann Fowler

A hedge row stitches suede sky to prairie patches.
I brake for a weathered truck and read the “eat beef” bumper sticker.
My pulse slows as Public Radio plays Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.

‘Tis the season of joy and love, the celebration of birth.
I study a cloud blowing across the sky
And feel the wind pushing my Intrepid;
the inevitability of death is not in season.

The truck stops; turns left
I return the farmer’s wave and feel the upturn of my mouth.
A smile. Joy. Life...read more

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Holmes for the Holiday

Featured Article

Holiday, Gifts and Stress
Guest Column

Special Needs Children Turning 18 Years Old


Coping with Depression: Signs You Might be in Trouble


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