Wednesday April 19,  2006, Issue #271

 

Welcome to the latest edition of the caregiver.com newsletter.

Please recommend caregiver newsletter to any other family or professional caregiver. Itís a great way to show how much you care.
http://www.caregiver.com/recommend/index.htm

If you are receiving this issue of caregiver newsletter as a forward, and would like to get your own  subscription, visit: http://www.caregiver.com/subscribe/subscribe_newsletter.htm

 

From The Editor


My New Heart

My new heart arrived on April seventh at 1:35 pm.  I picked it up at American Airlines cargo office and have yet to put it down.  Last year, after Hurricane Wilma struck my town, I lost my companion of eighteen years. I really wasnít sure if I was ever going to be able to accept another one in his place, but my compatriots, Steven, Rick and Nancy knew better. They were responsible for the above-mentioned airport rendezvous a week ago Friday and I donít know how I can ever thank them.

My new heart weighs about 5 pounds, is brown and fuzzy and wiggles a lot. He arrived in the form of a four month old puppy. I quickly came to a few realizations. The first is that Mother Nature is very wise, indeed.  From the minute I meet my new companion, I was addicted to him and wanted to keep him happy and safe.  Iím quite sure that this is natureís way of making sure that her smallest and most vulnerable creatures are protected, by making them extraordinarily lovable.  The second thing I realized is that my new puppy Morris, did not replace my cat, Dashell and in fact, because I am able to feel this way again, so many of my good memories of  Dash that I had not wanted to think about these past months, are now quite pleasantly coming to mind.  And as a caregiver, I think that is another very good realization. Now if you will excuse me, itís time for my new heart to take me for a walk.          


 

Take care
Gary Barg

Editor-in-Chief
gary@caregiver.com


Register for our Ft. Lauderdale Fearless Caregiver Conference to be held on May 23, 2006.


We still have two surveys available.  Click on a link below to participate.
Bipolar Disorder  |   Schizophrenia


 

Share The Gift of Support
Customized Gift Subscription Cards

A cost-effective and successful way to support your caregivers.


Todayís Caregiver magazineís Gift of Support gift card subscription program is an easy and inexpensive way to recognize and support those caregivers for whom you care.

The Gift of Support program will personalize your message on full color gift subscription cards, available in discounted quantities of 20 or more. Mail them directly to your caregiving friends and clients, present the cards in person at events or regular meetings or Today's Caregiver will even send them for you at a small additional charge.

Now is the perfect time to send the gift that caregivers really need. A Gift of Support subscription to Todayís Caregiver magazine will be remembered and appreciated issue after issue.

For more information on our gift card program, click here.

 
 

 

Today's Caregiver magazine Supports Your Conference


Non-profit organizations:

Contact us and we will provide complimentary magazines for your conference attendees. 

All you pay is shipping and handling.

Don't miss this opportunity!

To sign up, click here.

   


 

Feature Article

Community Transportation Programs-
Helping with Dignity and Caring  
  
by: Sandra Ray, Staff Writer

There are a multitude of programs available to help the elderly and disabled reach appointments, go shopping, and perform other tasks associated with daily living.. ...Continued


Additional Articles::

Matters of the Heart
Reclaiming Intimacy After a Heart Attack

By Mary Damiano

One of the biggest issues caregivers face when their loved one is recovering from a heart attack is resuming intimacy.....Continued


Levels of Adjustment
by Juli A. Koroly

When a family member faces a chronic illness, the entire family structure is rocked to its foundation. ...Continued

 

Guest Column

A Long Journey Back Home
By Rose Raintree

As an RN, I have counseled many individuals and  families on the various emotions that erupt in your interactions with your families and what those relationships evoke within us......Continued


Caretips

Home Care Tips for Elderly Loved Ones 
by Jennifer B. Buckley

If you are caring for an elderly loved one at home, you should make them as comfortable and safe as possible.  ....Continued


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

Carenotes

My mother-in-law lives with me. She has 7 children living within the State, the furthest are only 3 hrs away. My husband is the oldest son, she has had a stroke and has diabetes complicated with only one kidney. I cannot seem to get any of her children interested enough in her care or her for that matter. She still drives but I am sure her license is not valid. She does not heed any doctors' advice on diet, etc. One of her daughters does take her to doctors appointments, but mom isn't able to remember the medications or directions and so on. Mom is not willing to accept us as helping her, or being dependant on us. Instead she behaves as if she is just living with us and all is fine, unwilling to talk about doctors appointments or medicines, and will not do for herself at home. She uses a walker but does drive, but will not fix her own dinner plate, or throw away her kleenex. Anybody know where I can get some advice?


Answer This Week's CareNote:
carenotes/2006/index.htm

 

 


Caregiver.com Support Group Directory. Click here for information about any caregiver support groups in your area.

Caregivers need your help. Please add information about your local support groups to our Support Group Directory. Include the name of the group, where and when it meets, city and state and support group leader contact information.


Have an idea for an article? We are always looking for contributing writers. For more information contact editor@caregiver.com


Recommend Us
Tell your friends about Caregiver.com!  If you have a friend who you think would benefit from our newsletter, complete and submit the form: http://www.caregiver.com/recommend/index.htm


Subscription Information
If you received caregiver newsletter and are not yet a subscriber, and would like to begin receiving a complimentary copy of your own, please visit our site - http://www.caregiver.com/subscribe/subscribe_newsletter.htm type in your email address and click on [subscribe] in the e-newsletter box.

Unsubscribe
To unsubscribe from caregiver newsletter, simply reply to this email with the word "UNSUBSCRIBE" in the subject line. 


Privacy Policy
Privacy Statement http://www.caregiver.com/privacy/index.htm


Copyright © 1995-2006 Caregiver.com Inc.,
All rights reserved by Caregiver.com and its subsidiaries. 

www.caregiver.com

Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
My New Heart
Feature Article
Community Transportation Programs..
Guest Column
A Long Journey
Back Home
CareTips
Carenotes


Visit the
Caregiver.com
Online Store for great products