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February 27, 2014  |  Issue #692  
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From the Editor's Pen Gary Barg • Editor-in-Chief • gary@caregiver.com

Gary Barg
Pet Peeves of a Peeved Pet

Hi, it's Morris. Or, as the folks around here know me, Da’ Boss. Gary is away for a few minutes. (I need to talk with him about going away like that; he should be here all the time. Who knows? Maybe I need an emergency walk or scratch or dog biscuit.) Anyway, I didn’t want too many days to go by this year without sharing with you one of my, ahem, “pet peeves.” And that is the caring and feeding of your loved one’s pets.

I know you are wonderful caregivers to your human loved ones; making sure they get food, walks and the attention they need, but I don’t want you to forget about those who keep their spirits up and for whom they care—their pets  ...more

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Caregiving 101
By Michael Plontz

A family member has just been diagnosed with an illness that will eventually require round-the-clock care. Of course you want to be the one giving that care. This decision is usually made without hesitation; of course we want to be our loved one’s caregiver. Who else could take better care of them?  ...more

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Tears In My Coffee
By Micki O

...My husband and I have been married 31 years. We have four grown children, ages 23 thru 28 years. We have had a good life, good jobs and a nice community in which families congregate and grow. Life hasn’t been that bad. As a wife, I had a suspicion that there was something awfully wrong with my husband  ...more

Not Another Sleepless Night
By Jennifer Buckley

A typical day for a caregiver might include on-the-job stress in the morning, a rush to a doctor’s appointment for your mother at lunchtime and battling bottle necked traffic in the evening only to come home and figure out what to cook everyone for dinner. By this time, your muscles feel achy and you crave the comfort and security of your bed, but when it’s time to turn in, once again you can’t fall asleep. Some caregivers exert enough energy during the day to power a small nuclear submarine, but sleep deprivation is a common problem among a large percentage of caregivers ...more

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Sharing Wisdom

From Velma in Monroe Twp., NJ:   I believe in helping people to feel better about themselves. Playing some card game and laughing a little. Singing a song and taking the time to give them a smile and a happy face. Always remember the people we care for need our support. Be sensitive to them and their needs. Bake some cookies and play a game with them. Walking outside brings them fresh air and a better outlook on life. Not to sit all day but to be as active as possible goes a long way to making their life a bit happier. They also enjoy the company of family and friends. One gentleman I worked with had a family in England. We connected with them again and that was a gift that both enjoyed into the time the son's daughter got married and the family came from England to meet with this man, one more time. That was worth waiting for and a wonderful homecoming.

From Nathan in Topeka, Kansas:   Every day as caregivers, we should look at ourselves in the mirror and recite these three rules to remind us what we need to create true happiness:
- I'm going to act as if everything depends upon me.
- I'm going to pray as if everything depends upon God.
- When I start to feel down, I'm going to sing a little song like Jesus loves me.


The best ideas and solutions for taking care of your loved one often come from other caregivers. Please post your ideas and insights and we will share them with your fellow caregivers.  

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