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Thursday September 19, 2013 - Issue #656

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefRemembrances and Renewal

There are two anniversaries we traditionally mark when we lose a loved one: their passing and their birth. The former can be extremely painful, especially when the loved one was taken very suddenly, they were very young and their death was so very avoidable.

This week marks the fourth anniversary of the passing of a young woman who meant a great deal to me; someone I write about every year on my own birthday which I shared with her. I met Sara and her family as neighbors many years ago in Miami, but they all quickly became members of my own extended family and we stayed close even after they moved north.

We lost Sara four years ago, in a senseless automobile accident, caused by someone behind her paying more attention to a cell phone call than to driving their car. I am saddened by the loss of a force of nature who I know was on her way to making a big difference in many lives as she worked toward entering public life...read more

Care Fearlessly

Gary Barg
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ggary@caregiver.com


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Featured Article

Shingles Vaccine
By Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer

The chickenpox virus many people experienced as a child remains asleep within the body’s nervous system throughout their lives. The virus can reactivate with a drop in immunity due to stress...read more


Guest Column

Alzheimer's: Holding On To The Dignity
By Brenda Race


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From Joy
in Victoria BC

My husband is in an advanced stage of Parkinson's. He exercises on a treadmill in the garage. He really wanted to go swimming, but I knew this would be impossible for us to manage. I found a kinesiologist at the local swimming pool who is now giving him private lessons. At present, he is just keeping his balance in the water. He may never get back to swimming, but this program has given him hope. It is good for me, too, because I go in free as his caregiver and swim lengths in the big pool while he is having his lessons in the shallow pool. He also wanted to get back to lifting weights. I asked a friend to set up the bench press and weights, and my husband quickly realized those days were gone. As an incentive, I set up a padded seat with hand weights so that he can sit and do some upper body exercises. This is working well and the bench press and weights have gone to a new home.

From Richard
in Western Michigan

If a state wants to take your home prior to providing care for your loved one, investigate getting a Lady Bird Deed to protect your home. My sister and I did that and prevented Michigan from taking our home.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Remembrances
and Renewal

Featured Article

Shingles Vaccine
Guest Column

Alzheimer's: Holding
On To The Dignity

Caretips

Caring at Work
Sharing Wisdom

 


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