Thursday May 25,  2006, Issue #276


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From The Editor


CEOs Abound

Okay, I have to admit it, I was a little nervous about how well this new session at our Fearless Caregiver Conference was going to work out.  After 45 of our own conferences and keynoting over 100 other events, a pattern started to emerge with regards to the concerns that I was hearing from family caregivers. Most of the information presented to caregivers at events including ours, have to do with direct care issues: “How do I get dad to stop driving?” “What is a living will?”  “What are the respite options in our community?”  “How do I find the best long term care facilities?”.  These are all perfectly reasonable and vital issues to cover in a conference dedicated to family caregivers.  But I slowly realized that many other types of questions were being asked about more general issues such as “What will caregiving look like when my kids are caring for me?” “How will any of this be funded?” 

These are all big picture issues, so who better to bring to an event than the big picture people: leading non-profit healthcare CEOs.  Our luncheon panel of CEOs bravely opened themselves up to being questioned by a room full of over 400 family caregivers and created a memorable hour and a half for all involved. By all accounts it was truly a tremendous session. The CEOs heard about issues of importance directly from the caregivers and in return they spoke from the heart about their thoughts of what the future would look like for caregiving in the US. Many eyes were opened and none were dry by the end of lunch. To me, that room was filled to the brim with healthcare CEOs, from the well-known ones with  multi-million dollar budgets to the hundreds of family CEOs making life and death decisions for their loved ones on a daily basis.        


Take care
Gary Barg


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Feature Article

Mutual Caregiving
By  Camilla Hewson Flintermann

Having been a caregiver for twelve years for my husband, Peter, who died in June, 2001 of Parkinson's disease. ....Continued

Additional Articles::

Choosing a Medication Reminder System
by Sandra Fuson, Staff Writer

Not taking prescribed medication – noncompliance – can have serious health consequences. The reasons why people forget or don’t take medications are varied...Continued

Finding A Sense of Relief
by Jude Roberts, Staff Writer

Technology and medicine have merged to create the PERS (personal emergency response system)...Continued


Guest Column

Let's Not Talk About That Now...
By Jennifer Kay

Too often families do not like to talk about issues surrounding death, dying and funerals. Why should they ask?...Continued


Respite Tips

"I planned with my sister for her to watch my husband on her day off and I treated myself to a day...Continued

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I take care of my sister-in-law who is BiPolar, Schizophrenic, mentally retarded and has sugar problems. She's lived with us two years now and none of her family is willing to help us. We ask if they would watch her for a day or two just to give us a break and the answer is always "NO...she is to hard to watch". But the part that gets me so upset is they are always asking how much money does she have in the bank...where is all her money going....she should be eating this or that...she should be using this laundry soap...etc...get the picture? They refuse to help or give us a break but are always telling us how to take care of her. Does anyone else have this just drives me up a wall!!!

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
CEOs Abound
Feature Article
Mutual Caregiving
Guest Column
Let's Not Talk About
That Now

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