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Today's Caregiver Newsletter
  February 20, 2014  |  Issue #690
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Gary Barg • Editor-in-Chief • gary@caregiver.com

Gary Barg
The Irony of
Caregiver Guilt

After eight years of taking care of both parents by herself, Mary had a stroke. The stroke affected her mobility and leg strength, but most importantly to Mary, it meant her caregiving days were over. Her doctor said if she went back to full-time, around-the-clock caregiving, she would likely die before her 86- and 89-year-old parents.

Because Mary’s siblings lived out of state and offered no help, long-term care placement would have to be found for her parents before she was released from the hospital. Mary's guilt about no longer being able to be the direct caregiver for her parents led to a clinical depression and affected her own rehabilitation  ...more

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There have been many questions surrounding the diagnosis of bipolar disorder in children because of the difference in symptoms they exhibit compared to that seen in adults with the disorder. This is mainly due to the differences in the manic state of bipolar children in contrast to adults  ...more

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Coaxing Spring
By Jennifer Cleveland

We are entering the time of year that some of us find hard to bear–and that is late winter.

The sparkle of the holidays end; family members go back to their cross-country locales, and so begins, for those of us in the colder parts of the country, the longest, starkest part of the year. Add a serious illness to that image, and it is no wonder that those afflicted, and their caregivers, feel especially overwhelmed and let down  ...more

Huntington's Disease: Tips for Coping
By Heather Pratt

Some of the suggestions I have for living with HD are:

  • Keep life simple - Rest, Exercise, Nutrition, A daily laugh.

  • Carry earplugs with you when you
    are out (Some people with HD are sensitive to noise)  ...more

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