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Thursday February 14, 2013 - Issue #626

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief

Happy Caring for Caregivers Day 2013

As any astute longtime reader of this column knows, there are certain times of the year when we like to share our favorite appropriate stories with you. You might call them our seasonal chestnuts. One of these times is during Christmas, when we roll out our version of “The Night Before Christmas” aptly renamed “A Caregiver's Christmas.”   Another is on this very day, when we like to recount the story of our Valentine’s Day lovebirds – Mike and Mindy…

Mike and Mindy

They heard about the session in the news that very morning. Let’s call them Mike and Mindy. I was in their town to host an information and resource panel and had a short interview on one of the local television stations, which prompted their attendance...read more

Care Fearlessly

Gary Barg



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Featured Article

Getting Used to Hearing Aids — Find the One That’s Right for You

By Janie Rosman

Beyond a television or radio programmed for the loudest setting, the challenges of caring for a person who has lost all or part of the ability to hear are challenging. Talking on the phone becomes difficult; communicating with others face-to-face is frustrating...read more

Guest Column

Laughter: Medicine for the Heart
By Jane E. Maxwell


“Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.” —Kurt Vonnegut

Laughter is like a breath of fresh air that we desperately need. This seemingly simple act affects most of your body systems. Laughter strengthens the immune system by stimulating your body to increase production of immunoglobulin...read more

CFA 2013 Call for Entries


Ten Ways to Maintain a Positive Attitude
By Helen Hunter, ACSW, LSW, GCM


  1. Learn healthy ways to manage your stress
  2. Think of challenges as opportunities to shine
  3. Look for the best in others and yourself...read more

Share your tip, advice, resource or observation.  

Sharing Wisdom

From Cheryl in Florida

Try not to cry in front of them. My husband cannot talk and recovery looks bleak. He is almost 89 and is paralyzed on his right side, deaf without his hearing aid, and has trouble seeing. He is in a nursing home on a feeding tube. I bring in framed pictures downloaded from a digital camera. I bought a rubber ball and we play catch.  I try to be in a good mood and he usually responds positively. I am going on 70 and have to take care of myself so I can be there for him. Lots of prayers have been given for both of us. The Lord is in control and that is my comfort.

From Gail in  Connecticut

My husband of nearly 40 years just entered a skilled nursing facility. He is 66 years old and suffers from the effects of MS. I have taken care of him for over 25 years, most times with little or no help. I realized several years ago I could no longer keep up the pace. My emotional and physical well-being was at risk. It was a two-year process to find a suitable facility and then wait for an available bed. The guilt I felt and still feel overwhelms me. But, I had the full support of every single family member. It was time. The care my husband now receives is impeccable. Every effort has been made to keep him as comfortable as possible with all the latest equipment. He has made a remarkable adjustment. I am devoted to his care and always will be. I will need to sell our home as our finances have been depleted. I am incredibly lonely and unsure of the future. But, I am grateful he is secure and safe.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Happy Caring for Caregivers Day 2013

Featured Article

Getting Used to Hearing Aids — Find the One That’s Right for You
Guest Column

Laughter: Medicine for the Heart


Ten Ways to Maintain a Positive Attitude
Sharing Wisdom


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