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Thursday January 3,  2008 - Issue #360

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief

Here's To a Great 2008

In my younger days,  early January always  reminded me of early September, mostly because both months signified new beginnings.  January, of course, signified the hopes associated with the  turn of the calendar and September was when the summer break ended and we would return to school and enter a new grade. 

I can still smell the freshness of the first days of any new school year, new notebooks and sharpened pencils in a brand new pencil box.  This feeling of  a clean slate, especially the blank  pages of my new composition book, always made me think that no matter how badly the past year ended, I could still be afforded a fresh start. Maybe this would be the year that all of my grades would fall into place or at least the cafeteria food would miraculously become edible.

This January I think we all should be granted the hope of a better year ahead, a fresh start for strength, respite and support.  While I know that sitting in an emergency waiting room on December 31st feels the same as sitting in that same room 24 hours later,  I just feel that  If we are ever  to believe in a new dawn, this is as good a time as ever to start.  How about creating a respite plan for yourself and   keeping  it for as long as possible?  Or what about creating a Reverse Gift List for your family and go ahead and make the calls knowing  that this time they will come through?  Nobody deserves it more than you do.


Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Driving: When Aging Illness Make it Difficult

By Sandra Ray, Staff Writer

Many individuals  believe getting that first driver�s license a right of passage � a testament that adulthood and freedom have arrived...Continued

Additional Article:

Caregivers New Year's Resolution

by Kristine Dwyer, LSW

In this new year, I will���.

Learn to take one hour out of each day just for myself to read, enjoy a hot bath, journal my thoughts or call a friend...Continued


Caregiver Story

One Foot, Other Foot

By Terri Corcoran

�One foot, other foot,/One foot, other foot,/Now you can go/Wherever you want.." Those lyrics from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Allegro often come into my head as I am helping my husband walk. ...Continued

(Do you have a story? Tell us.)


Driving and Transportation Safety

By Ryan Mackey

Transportation can be an obstacle for many older people, and adjusting to either public transportation or rides from family are not easy.  ....Continued



Now that the New Year has come upon us, I have been pondering the best way to get my medical priorities in order. 

I have a number of doctors, medicines, appointments and so that I need to complete each week, month, and even daily. I live alone with two feline room mates, but in the case of an emergency, I thought I needed to have my information current for my son or daughter to be informed about.

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From the Editor
Here's To a Great 2008
Feature Article
Caregiver Story
One Foot, Other Foot

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