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Today's Caregiver Newsletter
  February 13, 2014  |  Issue #688
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Gary Barg • Editor-in-Chief • gary@caregiver.com

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Mr. Brokaw and the Sixth Principle

I will fearlessly seek out other caregivers or care organizations and join an appropriate support group, I realize that there is strength in numbers and will not isolate myself from those who are also caring for their loved ones.
Fearless Caregiver Manifesto – Principle 6

For anyone who counsels family caregivers, it is important to understand that many caregivers are hesitant to take advantage of support groups for a few reasons. First, it is difficult for many of us to face the issues of our own caregiving, so to tell us to sit in a room of people who are discussing their caregiving challenges seems like the very last thing we would ever want to do. Also, many caregivers feel that support groups are just a room of people whining about their problems; of course, nothing is further from the truth. In fact, many caregivers learn to see their support groups as some of the only people who they can open up to—their family of choice  ...more

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Planning for Long-Term Care

Most older people are independent. But later in life, especially in the 80s and 90s, you or someone you know may begin to need help with everyday activities like shopping, cooking, walking, or bathing. For many people, regular or "long-term" care may mean a little help from family and friends or regular visits by a home health aide ...more

Caregiver New Year Special

The Accident
By Pamela G. Stewart

I have chronic progressive multiple sclerosis. When this situation occurred, I was using a scooter or a walker as mobility aids, depending on my needs. For quite some time, I continued driving to work because I didn't feel like I had a choice  ...more

Family Caregiving: Sharing the Work
By Rita L. Calderon

I am my brother’s keeper... To love, comfort, honor in sickness and in health....

How we took these words for granted. Yet it was hard to visualize that bright-eyed, young beauty in front of us as old and sick. And easier to be our brother’s keeper when we lived in extended families in a less transient nation. If you can’t take Dad to the doctor next Tuesday, call your sister who lives over on Broadway, or the nephew or the neighbor  ...more 

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From Sandra in Canada:  I have an elderly mother, 83, who was diagnosed bipolar 30 years ago. She has recently been placed in a nursing home, after being in the hospital psych ward for one year. She is in a deep depression. No drugs worked for her. Shock treatments are ongoing and help a little. Some of her coping mechanisms or reactions to her drugs (not sure which) are constant rocking and humming. Her depression has also caused her to believe she can't chew or digest regular food. She has lost 50 pounds and is on a pureed diet, but dislikes it. I am now on an anti-depressant myself. I'm finding my visits with my mother, whom I absolutely adore and have had an excellent relationship with all my life, emotionally draining. I am only visiting her once a week now, but what can I do to make those visits less draining for me and more beneficial for her? Any suggestions?

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