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Thursday October 2, 2008 - Issue #400

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Interesting Times

There are no better times than these past few weeks to be able to extend your skills as a Fearless Caregiver into those of being a Fearless Citizen.   Congress, the White House, the presidential candidates and Wall Street are all in the news working on solutions to the nation’s financial – let’s just say - challenges.  The phrases swirling around the media include Subprime, Mortgage based Swaps, bailouts, and dollar amounts in the (paraphrasing Carl Sagan) Billions and Billions.  How we got here will be debated and written about for generations to come, but our immediate concerns are of our loved ones, our communities and our nation.

The truth is that all of the people laboring diligently on trying to guide us out of this challenge work directly for us and deserve to hear what you think of the matter at hand.  Please take a moment to contact your representatives on Capitol Hill to let them know what you think and find out about their plans.   http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml

Some pundits are making remarks relating to another time in this nation’s history and a President who guided us past those rocky shoals with words such as these:  “The only thing we have to fear---is fear itself”

Yet, I think the best advice is to be taken by the late author Douglas Adams in his book, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy:

Don’t Panic.

 

Take care

Gary Barg
Editor-in-Chief
gary@caregiver.com

Robert M. Barg
5/14/1929 – 10/04/2001


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Let's Talk About It - September 2008
As a result of caregiving, have you discovered qualities within yourself that you never knew you had?

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Feature Article

The 411 on Parkinson's

By  Sandra Ray, Staff Writer


Receiving a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease (PD) can be devastating for families. Even more devastating is not understanding the disease, how to live with it, how it can be treated, or anything else about this debilitating disease.   ...Continued
 


CARING FOR AN AGING LOVED ONE?

We are seeking people who identify as a racial or ethnic minority to receive $275 for using a new Family Caregiver Support program and completing four online surveys.

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Additional Article:
 

It's About Life

By Betsy Murphy, FNP, CHPN

Only 10 percent of Americans will die suddenly. The remainder of us (90 percent) will decline slowly, growing weaker until we die. Because this process is so gradual, we often don’t recognize that a loved one is approaching the final weeks of life. ...Continued
 


Today's Caregiver magazine - Digitial Edition

Today's Caregiver magazine - Sept/Oct issue


Caregiver Story
The Three Ringed Binder
That Saved my Family's Sanity

By Beth Christiansen

A notebook was one of the biggest sanity-saving tools my husband and I used when we were caring for our medically fragile son, Sullivan.  ...Continued

(Do you have a story? Tell us.)


Caretips

Fight for your Rights
by Michael Plontz

As a caregiver you must be adept at dealing with insurance issues. Especially in today’s complicated world of HMO’s, PPO’s and long term care policies. The language alone is enough to send you packing.   .....Continued


Have you ever used the Personal Emergency Response System (PERS)?  If so let us know about your experience.  Email us.
 
Carenotes

Please tell me how to handle my 90 yr old mother having TV blaring where my head bounces around.  She makes me feel like it is my fault and that I should endure the loud noise.  What do I do?   HELP!




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carenotes/2008/index.htm

 

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Inside This Issue:

Interesting Times
The 411 on Parkinson's
Caregiver Story
The Three Ringed Binder
CareTips

 


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