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Thursday August 22, 2013 - Issue #652

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefSchooling the Doctors

I will fearlessly learn all I can about my loved one’s healthcare needs and become an integral member of his or her medical care team.

Fearless Caregiver Manifesto

Lesson One: I’d like to open with a further discussion of Principle 5 of the Fearless Caregiver Manifesto. To begin, allow me to introduce Mindy who has a lot to teach all of us. As she says regarding her age, she is “a good ways past the halfway mark,” making her old enough to have created a full life before the advent of computers, laptops, Twitter, Pinterest and yes, even Google.

Yet, the Google has quickly become a tool she ranks high among those in her caregiving toolkit when dealing with the medical community. For example, when Mindy’s doctor prescribed a new drug to relieve the pain she described on a recent visit, she had received a very cursory response to her inquiry about the benefits versus risks...read more

Care Fearlessly

Gary Barg



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Featured Article

Managing Lung Disease
By Cheryl Ellis, RPFT, CRT, Staff Writer

The lungs oversee the body’s oxygen needs by taking in air deep into their corridors (called bronchi), allowing for oxygen and carbon dioxide to filter in and out of the blood. The dance of oxygen exchange becomes more complicated with inhaled pollutants of different...read more

Guest Column

Aging in Place: A Real Choice
By Helen Hunter, ACSW, CMSW

As people age, they may be faced with making the decision as to whether to move out of their existing home where they...read more

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The Blues: A Wellspring of Peace
By Dr. Marie DiCowden

How many times have you had "the blues?" Feeling blue or down is often the result of a combination of things: physical and emotional fatigue, a sense of loss or hopelessness that things...read more

Sharing Wisdom

From Rubetta

It brings back lots of emotions when I see and read about caregivers feeling guilty for getting away from an ill loved one.  I look back now and realize I did not do it enough. Other family or friends were willing to come do their part. Their bonding, mending or just giving their blessed time and words I remember and cherish. I remember leaving never fully gone in mind and spirit, but it would feel good to just get out and walk, go to the lake and watch the ducks ride the waves. I was preparing myself to do things alone. I did not do this often, but I do remember how it blessed me dearly. My talks with God strengthened me! It blessed me to hear others talk about their conversations with my husband and their loved one. I feel I gave them time—their time, well deserved as family and friends. I hope this helps you go get your hair or nails done or a massage to help release your tension and stress. Just reward yourself with some form of kindness. A bit of us declines each day along with them! I do remember being refreshed, but anxious to get home and do all I needed to do!

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Schooling the Doctors

Featured Article

Managing Lung Disease
Guest Column

Aging in Place:
A Real Choice


The Blues: A Wellspring of Peace
Sharing Wisdom


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