Friday September 01,  2006, Issue #290


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From The Editor

Waiting for Ernesto.

This week, South Floridians prepared for a highly anticipated visitor who never really arrived. As the severe weather warnings took over our airwaves this past week replacing Dr. Phil and even Oprah, we were left to wonder about our new friend Ernesto. While we joined the rest of the nation in mourning the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, we were also worrying about what was in store of us on the first anniversary of her arrival to the Gulf Coast. The questions Floridians faced were simple: will Ernesto arrive as a Tropical Storm or a Hurricane and would he arrive Tuesday or Wednesday. I am happy to say that the impact of Ernesto turned out to be less than anticipated, but served as a good not-so-dry run for us regarding our hurricane readiness status.  People treated him seriously and didnít really complain after he turned out to be no more than a lot of wind and water, which leads me to my point about caregiver preparedness.

According to a new study, (The Senior Sentiment Survey) from Financial Freedom reverse mortgage lender, 55% of seniors talk about their family as their favorite topic for discussion among their peers, followed by health issues (52%).  Very few seniors discuss end of life issues (5%).   I think it is imperative for all families to take a caregiving dry-run and talk seriously with one another about our caregiving and end of life wishes. Then we will be ready to face whatever the winds should bring, be it an Ernesto or a Katrina.  


Take care
Gary Barg


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Feature Article

Storm Preparations : Those Extra Precautions
By: Katherine Carter, Staff Writer

Hurricane season is here. Whether you live along the eastern or southern coasts of the United States, along the Gulf or whether youíre hundreds of miles away...Continued

Additional Articles:

Surviving The Storm 
by Robert Goodman

Hurricane season has arrived. Are you prepared? Do you know what to do? Do you know where to get the special assistance your loved ones need and how to get them to safety?...Continued

The Attack Of The Shower Chair
by Susan Leck

My husband Bud had Huntingtonís Disease. I was his caregiver. ...Continued


Guest Column

Caring at Work
by  LeAnn Theiman

Are you one of the 54 million Americans who care for a family member? One of the 20-50% of employees who tend to a loved one before going to work... ...Continued


The Home Caregiverís Guide to Coping 
With the Hospitalization of Your Loved One

By Deidre A. Grab

As a caregiver, one of the most stressful things you may experience is the hospitalization of your loved one, especially if the hospitalization is in an intensive care unit. ..Continued

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Help! It seems that I have been caregiver all of my adult life. I was the primary caregiver for my mother, who lost her battle with breast cancer and I am currently the caregiver for my aunt who has Alzheimer's. My major concern is that I have young children and preteens in my household and I feel that they are not able to enjoy many of their youthful activities because of my consuming responsibilities as a caregiver. They miss many activities and sometimes take on the role of a caregiver depending on the events of the day. I feel guilty and want to change this situation. If anyone know of any resources that can help me or my youths please let me know.

Many thanks
in Texas

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
Waiting for Ernesto
Feature Article
Storm Preparations
Guest Column
Caring at Work

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