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Fearless Caregiver Newsletter
 Tuesday February 19, 2013 - Issue #124

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Jill Kagan

Gary Barg: Jill, tell me what an ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center is and why respite is so important to family caregivers. 
Jill Kagan:   First of all, we believe respite is so important to family caregivers because of the tremendous work they are constantly doing, as ongoing caregivers. Many of them, as you know, work 24/7 and often do not even have the opportunity to go to church, to take care of themselves by going to their own physician, doing things that they enjoy doing so that they can continue to provide that care to their loved ones. ARCH has been around since the early 1990s to help educate the public and policymakers about the importance of respite and why it is so central to their well-being and their quality of life. We are currently providing training and technical assistance to State Lifespan Respite Programs, which are federally-funded systems of coordinated respite services. We hope it will make it easier for family caregivers to access the respite that they need. 
Gary Barg:   When we say respite, it is one of those wonderful words that are so important to family caregivers; but what is entailed? What do you consider appropriate respite family care?...read more

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Feature Article

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
By Helen Hunter, ACSW, CMSW

Grandparents raising grandchildren have received considerable attention in recent years. Many observers perceive grandparent care to be a growing phenomenon. Nearly six million children and 1.5 million grandparents currently live in grandparent-grandchild households. One in five of the older caregivers lives below the poverty level. One million are single grandmothers...read more

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Guest Column

Rise and Shine – with Yoga!
The Innovative Use of Yoga for Getting out of Bed with Safety and Confidence
By Kathy Glenn, Janet Hennard and Jayne Shale

Wake up. Get up. Many of us start our day with those simple tasks, not giving it much thought. But almost 28 percent of Americans over 65 report having difficulty getting out of bed. While Americans are living longer and expecting a better quality of life than their predecessors, the ability to get out of bed ─ with safety and confidence ─ has a profound effect on whether you are able to live those expectations...read more


Taking Care
By LeAnn Thieman

Terry stacks the breakfast dishes into the sink, hands the freshly-packed lunchboxes to her son and daughter, bundles them into their coats and boots and hustles them to the school bus. With a smile and a wave she promises, “I’ll pick you up after school. We’ll make Christmas cookies for your Girl Scout meeting, then go to your basketball game.”...read more

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My husband just started dialysis and does not thinks it’s important to follow his diet.  It makes me so frustrated and I don't know how to explain to him how important it is.

Does anyone have any ideas?


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with Jill Kagan

Feature Article
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Guest Column
Rise and Shine – with Yoga!

Taking Care


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