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Thursday November 7, 2013 - Issue #663

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefFearless Winners, All

Last week, I found myself in rooms filled with family and Fearless Caregivers in such varied locales as Birmingham, Alabama and Toledo, Ohio. We are so very excited about the response we received at the first annual Birmingham Fearless Caregiver Conference that was held on Halloween. To spend the day with so many caregivers was a gift in itself, so receiving a proclamation from the mayor of Homewood stating that the day of the event was henceforward to be called Fearless Caregiver Day in Homewood was just icing on the cake.

A caregiver came up to me and mentioned that she had entered the Fearless Caregiver Story Contest on caregiver.com and was keeping her fingers crossed about winning one of the top ten positions. Today’s Caregiver magazine launched the Fearless Caregiver Story Contest last month and there are a few more weeks to enter your favorite Fearless Caregiving story. I must say that voting will be a daunting task since the entries are all so darned good. Where else can you find such sentences as these?...read more


Care Fearlessly

Gary Barg

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Featured Article

Avoiding the Hazards of Winter for Older Adults

Winter is a special time for celebration. It should also be a time for added caution if you or someone in your family is an older adult. It is the season for falls, slips on icy streets and other dangers that can be especially harmful for older adults...read more

Guest Column

Travel Guidelines for People with Memory Disorders
By Geri Richards Hall, PhD, ARNP, CNS, FAAN

Many people enjoy travel as a form of recreation, relaxation, and an opportunity to learn. While travel may be a positive experience for most people, it poses special problems for people with dementing illnesses, for example, Alzheimer's disease, multi-infarct dementia, Parkinson's disease, Pick's disease, or injury that results in disabling intellectual impairment...read more

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VA Benefits – A Little of the Old
and a Little of the New

By Trish Hughes Kreis, Staff Writer

The gratitude we give to the honorable and brave men and women serving our country would be incomplete if we did not also extend that gratitude to their families. Families have long been the backbone of support for our service men and women during both their active duty and after...read more


Band of Brothers
by Kristine Dwyer

Men gather ‘round the table,
coffee cups in hand;
each wearing symbols of wars gone by.
Military experiences shared;
the peer support ever so strong.

Memories recalled of battles fought,
Soldiers of WWII, Korea, Vietnam...
Each had raised a hand and vowed
to serve his country and
care for his fellow man.

Young soldiers, young grooms
Each held a hand and vowed
“To love, honor and cherish
in sickness and in health,
till death do us part.”

With the passing of years,
these soldiers became caregivers.
Shoulder to shoulder they stand,
yet face a different battle together.
Duty calls and they are ready to serve,
this time caring for a loved one.
Hands once used to defend and protect
now bathe, dress, cook and guide.
Sacrifices made, dreams set aside,
but the mission remains clear.

This band of brothers has learned
to carry on life’s long journey;
facing the unknown with courage,
commitment and devotion.
Soldiers, caregivers, unsung heroes
remain steadfast to the end.

Dedicated to our United States Veterans

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Fearless Winners, All

Featured Article

Avoiding the Hazards of Winter for Older Adults
Guest Column

Travel Guidelines for People with Memory Disorders


VA Benefits – A Little
of the Old and a Little
of the New



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