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Thursday December 20, 2012 - Issue #619

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

The Difference Is You

As the height of the holiday season rapidly approaches, I start to think about one of my all-time favorite holiday movies “It’s a Wonderful Life.”  The film’s protagonist George, played to perfection by Jimmy Stewart, is disheartened about how his life had turned out and certain in the knowledge that it would make no big difference if he had never been born.  Clarence, the Angel who is seeking his wings, grants George his wish and, presto, George was never born.  The moral, of course, is that George actually touched so many people in his life that without him, the world would be a lesser place. His existence, no matter how useless he thought it was, made a positive difference to a wide array of folks...read more

Take Care

Gary Barg


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Featured Article

Holiday Help: Relieving Caregivers’ Stress

By Cheryl Smith

Who doesn’t feel overwhelmed sometimes by the bustle of the holiday season? Add to that the responsibility of caring for a frail elderly loved one, and burnout is simply a concept waiting to become reality. But wait. If you’re one of the 22 million households providing care for a family member or friend, there is hope. Stress doesn’t have to take the starring role in your family festivities this year...read more

Guest Column

When Selecting an Adult Day Health Care Program Trust Your Instincts
By Naomi Berger


Baby Boomers, more than 77 million strong, are also known as the Sandwich Generation. They are the ones raising their own kids and having to care for their aging parents at the same time. In one way, an enviable position to be in for those whose parents are in good health and maintain an active lifestyle. But for other Boomers whose parents have chronic health issues, are isolated or depressed, the responsibility can be daunting and overwhelming to you, the caregiver...read more

Holiday Bookclub: Who Cares?


Family Friendly Facilities: The Only Way to Go
By Michael Brodie

Caregiver Support Coordinator

In most cases, when we think of care facilities, we imagine the building and maybe the layout and people we might encounter there. But what will let you know if this is a caregiver and family friendly facility. Below are some key items to look for and ask about when interviewing facilities.

No restrictions on visiting hours, day or night, as long as the resident agrees, and no other residents are disturbed...read more

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Sharing Wisdom

From Joyce in Ohio

I am a facilitator of a cancer caregiver support group and there is a common bond with the caregivers. They feel one another’s stress, pain, anguish, and being overwhelmed because they are or have been there. It's wonderful to watch as they share their stories; heads nod at almost every word because they have experienced the same. Just talking about an issue and knowing you're not alone in your situation can do wonders,not to mention the friendships that develop. Support groups can be very productive for the caregiver.  Sometimes it's hard to make a meeting with all the responsibilities, but at least you know we are here if you need us!

From Daisy

I am 46 and I cared for my 76-year-old mother for three years after she suffered a stroke. I had the guilt and caregiver burnout and the self-neglect just like most of us caregivers. I had to literally force myself to go out once in a while alone so that I could keep my sanity. I did this for both myself and her. I realized that when it was her time to pass on to heaven, I would have to get used to being without her.  If I had not mentally prepared myself for that, I think I would not have been as strong as I am today. She passed away in March and I am now dealing with the holidays without her. Christmas was her favorite time of the year, but I will enjoy it for I know that is what she would want. Please do not feel guilty for taking care of yourself. You cannot save her if you run out of oxygen first. Put the mask on your face first and then on hers.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

The Difference Is You

Featured Article

Holiday Help: Relieving Caregivers’ Stress
Guest Column

When Selecting an Adult Day Health Care Program Trust Your Instincts


Family Friendly Facilities: The Only Way to Go
Sharing Wisdom


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