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The Gift Shop Gift

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During lunch, a caregiver who was sitting next to me spoke of her mother living with end-stage renal failure who would not abide offers by her daughter who was trying to get her out of the house.  Realizing she was getting nowhere with her mother, she arranged for her mom’s friends to either stop by, bring food or invite her to their homes, without ever letting on that her daughter was behind the concentrated effort to help with her depression.

Although there was a ton of advice being shared during the conference session, the lesson came alive for me that wherever and whenever you find yourself around family caregivers, you are in the presence of true healthcare experts and it pays to listen.

In fact, during the morning Q&A session, one caregiver gave me the best answer I have ever heard to the question “What gets you through the day?” 

Her response:  “Chocolate.” 

Case closed.


Gary Barg


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