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Today's Caregiver Newsletter
April 3, 2014  |  Issue #702  
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From the Editor's Pen Gary Barg • Editor-in-Chief • gary@caregiver.com

Gary Barg

Report: Caring for Our Youngest Warriors

As the son, nephew and grandson of veterans (Korea, Vietnam and WWII respectively), I received the news of the new study regarding post-9/11 veterans with great interest. The RAND report, which was commissioned by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, finds that Americans who are taking care of veterans who served after 9/11 are younger than other caregivers, are usually employed outside the home and are more likely to care for someone who has a behavioral health problem.

The more than 1.1 million caregivers who assist post-9/11 veterans provide an estimated $3 billion in care annually. But, despite these contributions, researchers found there are few public or private programs that directly support the needs of military caregivers. Such figures can be reported, of course, for the work of pre-9/11 caregivers as well as non-military caregivers, since it is important to be able to quantify these figures for all caregivers  ...more

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Caring for Someone
with Bipolar Disorder
By Julie Totten

Soon after Missy had her daughter, she stopped sleeping, going from eight hours a night down to only two or three. Her thoughts were racing, and she was going a million miles an hour. After a few nights, Missy’s husband Bill finally took her to the hospital. He couldn’t believe that one minute his wonderful wife seemed just fine and now she had become a patient in a psych unit  ...more

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Starting and Running
A Caregiver Support Group
By Suzette Levy

There are millions of caregivers in the United States and they all have common needs: recognition, counseling, support, information, problem sharing and, in many cases, peer socializing.

One of the proven ways that many of these needs can be met is by the formation of a local Caregiver Support Group  ...more

7 Essential Do’s and Don’ts for People Caring for Caregivers

One year ago, my father was diagnosed with Wernicke–Korsakoff syndrome, a form of dementia resulting from chronic alcohol abuse. My dad, who worked hard his entire life, raised a family and built a strong reputation in his community, spent the last 10 years of his life succumbing to this terrible disease that befalls so many. After the official dementia diagnosis, I was appointed his guardian and my family and I made the excruciating decision to place him in an assisted living facility. This past year, I’ve experienced everything from anger to guilt, from optimism to despair  ...more

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By Cheryl Bollerud

I went out today.
I went by myself.
I looked for you.
But could only see memories.
We shared so much.
We were so close.
I wandered through the crowd.
I looked but you were not there.
I cried inside.
I didn't want people to stare.
I passed many couples.
Walking hand-in-hand.
I felt a tinge of guilt.
But no one held my hand.
I watched the sky.
As if I might get a glimpse of you.
It did not happen.
But the sky was so blue.
I sadly went to my car.
I drove straight back to you.
I hoped I'd find you like you used to be.
For you see—I went out today—just me.

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