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Today's Caregiver Newsletter
December 17, 2013 | Issue #671  
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Gary Barg • Editor-in-Chief • gary@caregiver.com

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The Jill Kagan Interview

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  ...more


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Stress and the Holidays:
Coping Strategies to Keep You Sane
By Helen Hunter, ACSW, CMSW

Every year, the media bombards us with advertisements showing the “happy family” gathering for the holidays. People from different generations are together, having a wonderful time, sharing traditions of old and creating new ones as well. It is not that way, though, for a great number of individuals  ...more


Caregiver Holiday Special

What is an
Annual Wellness Visit and Why is it Important?
By Charles Smith, RN, BSN

If you are 65 years or older, if you have loved ones who are, you may have heard about Medicare’s new, free benefit called the Annual Wellness Visit. Because this benefit is so new, there is some confusion about what it is and why it is important ...more

Flu Tips for Caregivers

When caring for people
who have the flu:

  •  Avoid being face to face with the sick person. If possible, it is best to spend the least amount of time in close contact with a sick person.

  • When holding sick children, place their chin on your shoulder so they will not cough in your face.

  • Wash your hands often and the right way. Sing the “Happy Birthday” song two times or count slowly to 20 as you wash   ...more


From Marilyn: What rights do a I have as a live-in caregiver for my parent? Do I have a right to privacy from siblings who visit unannounced? I feel I get no respect from them and their adult children who criticize me and get downright aggressive. Any suggestions would be very helpful.

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