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Thursday August 14, 2008 - Issue #392

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Terry Talk

 Last week, Terry got lucky. She emailed me to ask about concerns that she and the members of her support group have about new rules enacted by the group’s facilitator. Well, Terry certainly came to the right place. I believe that she actually set a record for responses, both in amount and variety of opinions.

If you want to know something about caregiving it pays to ask the experts – your fellow caregivers. Your answers for Terry:

Find another organization to sponsor your caregiver support group, if that's possible…Continued

Unilateral decisions are never good…Continued

The unilateral decisions outlined and implemented by the Facilitator are understandable...Continued

My first thought is how can one eliminate a gender from a group…Continued

Terry, I'm a woman who takes care of the sick and elderly…Continued

I am just finishing a third year where the non-profit I work for has provided a Caregiver Support Program...Continued

This is not advice for Terry, only an idea...Continued

Gary, with regard to the caregiver group that is referred to and meets where the rules have changed…Continued

#1, first, the members of this group will make changes according to the needs of the Group…Continued

With these responses, you have reinforced something I believe with all my heart: that this is one of the most giving support groups in which I have ever taken part. I am truly proud to be able to do my small part in sharing your words of wisdom with one another.


Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Brain Exercises for Caregivers

By  Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer

Brain foods and brain vitamins have naturally led to brain stimulating exercises.  It’s considered “old news” that anagrams and crossword puzzles help the brain work out...Continued

Additional Articles:

Lessons Caregivers Can Learn
From Private Industry

By: Sheryl Leary

Caregivers experience many feelings including self-doubt, questioning their own abilities and whether or not they are “doing the right thing.” Sometimes caregivers question themselves right down to the core and ask “Why am I doing this?”...Continued

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Caregiver Story
A Family Affair

By Mary Dempsey

“Doctor, are you sure?” I questioned.

“We’re never sure, but all indications point to Alzheimer’s as your mom’s diagnosis.  Mary, this disease is not something your 88 year old dad can take on alone. It is going to be a family affair.” ...Continued

(Do you have a story? Tell us.)


Take Time
By Amy Kaser, RN

As a Registered Nurse, my previous practice has been primarily focused on the individual with the disease process. I am now in a position that is focused on the Caregiver...Continued


My husband has been in hospice for a couple weeks and I am feeling lost.  I visit him for several hours a day, but he doesn’t know I am there most of the time.  I come home to an empty house and wander from room to room, not knowing what to do.  It seems unlikely that my husband will recover, but I still have hope.  He isn’t here, but he isn’t gone, either.  Any suggestions for how to deal with this time? 


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Inside This Issue:

Terry Talk
Brain Exercises for Caregivers
Caregiver Story
A Family Affair


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