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January 23, 2014  |  Issue #682  
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From the Editor's Pen Gary Barg • Editor-in-Chief • gary@caregiver.com

Gary Barg
For the Sake of Mary

On a recent cross-country flight, I sat next to a doctor who was returning from his niece's funeral.

He told me he had been worried about his sister's mental health even before her daughter had taken ill. Mary always picked him up at the airport when he would visit; but in recent years, she had stopped because she was losing her way in the city where she had lived her entire life. Her family was concerned, but no one knew what steps to take.

Mary's city is home to a leading memory disorder center, and I told him to make sure she went for a neurological evaluation as soon as possible. The family was both able to and interested in helping Mary; but even with all of the health care professionals among them, they were still paralyzed about what steps to take and in what order to take them  ...more

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When MS Means Mighty Stubborn
By Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer

“I’m glad my MS isn’t too bad.
My life is too busy to have it interfere!”

These words could be uttered by many individuals with MS, regardless of how severe the affliction has become in their lives. Caregivers may shrink in horror whenever they are said, dreading the inevitable outcome of an event preceded by this statement  ...more

Caregiver New Year Special

Laughter: Medicine for the Heart
By Jane E. Maxwell

“Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.” —Kurt Vonnegut

Laughter is like a breath of fresh air that we desperately need. This seemingly simple act affects most of your body systems  ...more

Balance – Fall Prevention
What does it mean and what can be done about it?
By Lori Peppi Michiel

Maintaining balance is the result of a complex interaction of many systems in the human body. With aging, changes occur that reduce how efficient these systems work. Many identifying risk factors for falling can be, but not limited to, balance/gait problems, prior falls, vision, limited ability to perform Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s), depression/dementia and medications  ...more

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A Caregiver’s Treasure Book
By Cyndie Goins Hoelscher

in case someone hasn’t mentioned it,
you are a treasure –
radiant, precious and rare.
You care, bestowing your gifts
in a time when the world
may not seem so bright or pretty.
You are treasured as highly
as the diamonds, rubies, and sapphires
precious gems in this world.
These jewels, rarely recognized in their natural state,
are cut, faceted and polished,
until they sparkle for the whole world to admire.
Like these stones, caregivers shine.
And when the world may not seem so pretty,
remember this gift – a treasure box
to keep in your secret place,
so you will be reminded time and time again
of how priceless you truly are.

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