Thursday, June 22,  2006, Issue #280


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From The Editor


You Know It Ain't Easy

Last week, I spoke of this being the Summer of Respite 2006, and it is now obvious that the summer is off to a great start.  The following are some of the responses we received after last weeks column ran; hopefully you will find some ideas valuable to you as you care for loved ones and for yourself. 

For couples caring for kids with disabilities, locate an area hotel with good disability access.  Make plans with another couple who are also caring for kids with challenges...Continued

I am a caregiver to my wife who has a Pituitary Brain Tumor. She has gone through a regular brain surgery in January 2004 and a Gamma knife surgery February 2006…Continued

 Go in the backyard or where ever is quiet and listen to some soothing music…Continued

The biggest gift someone gave me following the death of my husband, was a week at their beach house in Galveston...Continued   

I've signed up for a Yoga class every Tuesday evening…Continued


Take care
Gary Barg


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Feature Article

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

Additional Articles:

What Did You Say?
By J B Buckley

Do you find the need to repeat yourself more often than not to the person you are caring for? Does your talking level closely resemble your yelling level just so your care recipient can hear you? ...Continued

The Sorrow of Laughing Lakes
By: Lori L. Hubner, RN, MSN, MA

The particular niche is families who have someone with dementia, usually of the Alzheimer’s or vascular type. .....Continued


Guest Column

Charting Your Course
With Parkinson's Disease Care

By Kristine Dwyer

Caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s disease at home can be like sailing a ship through uncharted waters.  ..Continued


Gary's Caregiver Nutritional Tips
By Gary Barg

1. Drink a cup of water instead of that cola (even diet)....Continued

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Can you please direct me to an Eldercare service in Shawnee or near Shawnee, KS? I live five miles N.E. of Asher.

I am almost 70 and have a lot of health problems and need some help at home so I can remain independent. Of course, there is the lack of income to be able to hire someone & I am just not ready for a nursing home. My problem is a bad back. I have had two surgeries and am on pain medicines and can hardly maintain my home.........dishes, changing beds, laundry general house cleaning. When my Mom was living she had someone come in once a week from Eldercare and do these things for her. When I called the place she had they said Eldercare didn't exist anymore. Is this true or are there other places?
I would appreciate any information you have. Hopefully you will have some good news for me.

Thank you,


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
You Know It Ain't Easy
Feature Article
Matters of the Heart
Guest Column
Charting Your Course with Parkinson's Disease Care

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