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

Gary Barg
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 we can be 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 own 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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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
 


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My Ultimate Caregiver
By Karen D’Angelo

“At the end of the day when the weight of the world has fallen upon me, I lie comfortably in bed knowing my husband is picking up where I left off. When I’m too tired to make my son’s meds, or greet the night nurse, it is my husband who never says “no” and who is always willing to go the extra mile for me and our children.”  ...more
 


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The VITA Program generally offers free tax help to people who make $52,000 or less and need assistance in preparing their own tax returns...

The TCE Program offers free tax help for all with priority assistance to people who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement issues unique to seniors  ...more 
 

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After the Accident
By Austin Wallace

She rolls along
to some internal music

we can't hear. On sidewalks
glass shards crunch and pop

beneath her tires. Two vertebrae
are broken but her flexible smile

contracts, expands, a rubber band stretched
tight. Up the ramp we follow

this new person who has borrowed
a familiar voice: “one chai tea,

please.” The barista's busy eyes
glaze. “WE'LL BRING YOUR ORDER

RIGHT OUT TO YOU,” she says at
our foreigner. We squirm like new parents,

all eyes on her disobedient
fingers, tea sloshing on a napkin

as she talks of TV shows,
poetry. For an hour we admire

her onyx eyes, her sun-kissed shoulders;
then we must return to jobs, lives

and loves. We watch
as she rolls away, out of our helpless hands

into partitioned dreams.

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