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Fearless Caregiver Newsletter
 Tuesday September 11, 2012 - Issue #103

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefWe Are One

Eleven years ago today, while writing my column for this newsletter, the unthinkable happened. The date was September 11, 2001 and I was in the middle of a paragraph recounting the terrific time I had while giving a talk in Sioux City, Iowa, when the scenes that transfixed the world began to unfold across my television set. The juxtaposition between the terrorists who unleashed such horror and the caregivers I met in Iowa was striking and I commented that no such acts would tear this country apart, rather...

“No matter what ends they hope to accomplish, I guarantee you that with the community, love and support that I have seen across this country in cities large and small, these cowards will never win...”

Eleven years forward and much of what was to be expected has happened as has much that we could not have anticipated...read more

Take Care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

How To Be A Parkinson's Caregiver
By Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer

As any caregiver knows, Parkinson’s disease is both chronic and progressive. It persists over a long period of time and the symptoms worsen.  Often the disease has been present for many years before active care even is necessary.  This fact alone can bring many challenges along the way.  A loved one secretly may have adapted their life to this condition, hiding any symptoms...read more

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Guest Column

Caring at Work
By LeAnn Thieman

Are you one of the 65 million Americans who care for a family member? One of the 20-50% of employees who tend to a loved one before going to work, then return to care again after a long hard day on the job?  Feeling torn between both “jobs” and trying to perform well at each, causes so much stress that working caregivers are often plagued with more mistakes, conflicts, and stress-related illnesses...read more


Involving Others in Your Caregiving
By Ryan Mackey

As a caregiver, receiving some extra help or consideration from others goes a long way to helping you deal with the daily rigors of life. Given the right help and proper respite time, you will feel better about your overall role, and be stronger emotionally and physically to continue your caregiving...read more

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I am caring for my mother. I am doing it alone. It has been so hard. She was always a difficult, controlling, demanding person. I have been told to force her into assisted living by friends. She actually could afford assistance, but refuses to pay someone else. She alienates medical help with the constant criticizing. I am at the end of my rope. Tried a caregiver support group and no one in it was a caregiver! It is so frustrating and some days I just feel like I can't go on. I have tried calling the church. I have contacted the Department of Aging; got four hours of respite every three months. There are no friends or relatives to help out.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
We Are One

Feature Article
How To Be A Parkinson's Caregiver

Guest Column
Caring at Work

Involving Others in Your Caregiving


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