Thursday July 7, 2005, Issue #231

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From The Editor

One Rainy Day

Ten years ago this week on a rain soaked afternoon, I picked up the first issues of Todayís Caregiver magazine from the printer. We immediately loaded them into a rented truck and proceeded to deliver them across three counties. Quickly, that personal delivery system became unworkable as we started our national distribution of the magazine. This newsletter came a few years later, as the internet was still in its infancy in 1995.

We started these publications as family caregivers who could not find the information we needed as we cared for our loved ones and are happy for the information we have been able to share with our fellow caregivers. We are truly grateful for the kind words that we have received from our readers in our tenth anniversary year, but I really need to thank the experts from whom we have learned the most Ė you.

We have learned about the true nature of the word, hero. We have learned that in every community and online there are people anxious to help if only we would reach out to find them. We have learned that there is poetry in all of us and the poems that we have received from family caregivers over the years are priceless. And most of all we have learned that you can tell the real character of a person by what they do after they receive that phone call in the middle of the night telling them that a loved one is in need of their help.

These ten years have been less about the printed word than learning to share what is imprinted on all of our hearts.

I anxiously look forward to continuing our support of family caregivers for the next ten and beyond.



Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Coping with Grief
By Dorothy Womack

Today I am talking to those of you who are the remaining spouse, having placed your loved one into a care facility ....Continued

Additional Articles::
Nip Depression in the Bud:
Warning Signs to Look For

By Mary Damiano

While caregivers are defined as the people taking care of those needing help, they sometimes overlook the fact that ...Continued

ON YOUR BEHALF: Home hospicee Programs 
Are Getting Stronger

By Connie Ford, RN, MPA

When you learn to die, you learn to live. That is the compelling theme of the well-known book...Continued



Guest Column

Overcoming Sadness and Depression, Naturally
by David Dancu


It's often difficult to differentiate between sadness and depression. Each has certain qualities that frequently overlap; yet both can impact ....Continued


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)


F   r   o   m       O   u   r       R   e   a   d   e   r   s


Hello everyone. I don't know if there is anyone in the same situation as me. I am 24 years old, been out of college for a year and am currently taking care of my grandmother. She is in good physical condition, except for needing a walker because her legs go numb, but her memory is beginning to fail her. She is very forgetful and increasingly stubborn. From reading a few posts, I know I donít have it as bad as some people. I am just new to this and don't know what to do.

I am trying to establish a career for myself, but it is hard when I have to spend so much time with my grandmother. Not that I don't like to help her, but I cannot progress in my career goals when I have to take her to appointments, and miss meetings and things of that nature. I canít stay late at work cause I need to come home and help her with dinner. Not that she needs help, but she likes my company.

My parents canít help cause my dad is a businessman and is constantly traveling and in another state. My mother also works extremely long hours and doesnít live nearby. Because I am just beginning my career and life, I guess they feel I can suffer with all of this pressure. On top of this I havenít been able to spend much time with my fiancť. She hasnít said anything because she is so supportive, but I know it is hurting her. Sorry to vent, but as you can see I am quite young and am trying to understand all of this. It is so new to me. I want to have a life but at the same time feel responsible for taking care of and spending time with my grandmother. If anyone is or has been in a similar situation and has any suggestions I would love to hear from you. Thanks for letting me get all of this off my chest.



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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
One Rainy Day
Feature Article
Coping with Grief
Guest Column
Overcoming Sadness and Depression
Huntington's Disease



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