FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN /
My Master's Voice/
In my day, back to school used to refer to
the first Monday after Labor Day. For me, it was always a
mixed blessing: on the positive side, I usually got some neat
new school stuff, and of course on the negative side, it meant
the end of summer and the beginning of another school year.
These days, it seems as if kids are going back to school only
moments after the last bells of the previous school year ring.
Not unlike the short pause between boxing match rounds. Many,
if not most school systems are already in session. Which brings
me to the point that caregiving is truly a family affair,
leaving no member of a family unaffected. Caregiving
affects even the youngest among us, whether the child returning
to school is a member of an extended caregiving family or they
are actually the primary caregiver, which happens more times
than you would imagine. According to our friend Dr. Connie
Siskowski of the American Association of Caregiving Youth,
there are 1.4 million caregiving kids in the US today.
As I discussed a few weeks ago, other
members of our caregiving families in need of our attention are
of the feathered, furry and four-legged variety. Our loved one's pets
mean so much to their care and well being that in our September
issue of Today's Caregiver magazine we will again visit with
Emmy award winning actress, Linda Dano to talk about a program
near and dear to her heart, the Support Partners: Canine
Companions program, which is designed to help overcome
Oh, yes and the issues guest editors will be
my dog, Morris and Nancy's bird Samantha. We need to be
careful, because they may not give us our jobs back and then we
will be left begging them for treats.
Today's Caregiver Magazine