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Today's Caregiver Newsletter
  March 20, 2014  |  Issue #698
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Gary Barg • Editor-in-Chief • gary@caregiver.com

Gary Barg
The Fake-tionality Conundrum

This past week was a whirlwind. I spent it with 2,500 of my closest elder advocate friends (okay, I didn’t know all of them, but tried to meet as many as possible) at the 60th Anniversary American Society for Aging Conference. There were two other important events co-located at the ASA conference—the Annual Caregiver Coalition Conference and Mary Furlong’s Boomer Summit. With all three of these events, there was a whole lot of wisdom being shared in just one place.

These conferences offered a great opportunity to learn what is going on in the world regarding everything from financial abuse (a subject in upcoming issues of Today’s Caregiver magazine) and many sessions on caregiving. As this was my 15th time at the ASA events, I already knew that some of the best information was to be gleaned at informal dinners, in hallway conversations, and even meeting with my fellow media professionals in the ASA Press Room. (Thank you, Bob Stein!)  ...more

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Nutrition Ideas
for Stress Reduction
By Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer

Stress depletes the body of energy in a variety of ways. Loss of sleep, feelings of agitation or depression, and development of poor eating habits are “side effects” of stress that need intervention. Some stress can help us rise to the occasion and get things done, but too much stress drains the body. One way to break the stress cycle is by changing the diet  ...more

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My Mother's Keeper:
The Eye Doctor Appointment
By Beverly Bernstein Joie, MS, CMC

For the past several years, my step-sister had been taking my mom to see the ophthalmologist. They had their routine; Cindy would drop her off for the appointment and then pick her up after it. Then, last spring, Mom called to ask if I could step in because Cindy was unavailable to help her. I was actually pleased that I would have the opportunity to see what the doctor had to say  ...more

An Advance Directive
By Marilyn Mitchell

An Advance Directive is a document that is meant to give health care professionals an understanding of your medical preferences if you cannot speak for yourself. It tells them ‘in advance’ of needing treatment what you would most likely want to have happen. Many people may know them as "Living Wills," but a Living Will may only address your treatment options and not allow you to appoint someone to speak for you if you are unable to communicate  ...more

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Caregiver's Spring Fever
By Donna Coombs

Long cold winter nights
Encircled by a frozen landscape
That was magic in December
And cursed by March
Even novels that offered escape
From the daily monotonous drudgery
Have become mind numbing sleeping pills
In my personal purgatory.

An energetic middle aged soul
Once bursting with volunteer enthusiasm
But now tethered to the care
Of a newly handicapped child, grown
An injured spirit who is consumed
With denying his own demons
While I provide for his most basic needs
Shelter, food, and motherly love.

Barely hanging on to my sanity
With plans for garden digging
Long warm hikes creating nature photos
From my thawed surroundings
Hoping for a Spring weather break
Hoping for my son’s promised recovery
As the calendar creeps past
Spring’s beginning
As the snow continues to fall
outside my window...

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