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Wednesday October 29, 2008 - Issue #404

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Our Teenage Years

November is National Family Caregivers Month, National Alzheimer’s Month, National Lung Cancer Awareness month and National Diabetes Awareness Month. November is also the beginning of the fourteenth year of When this web community was created in 1995, it was among only 18 thousand websites online. Now there are over 100 million. Back then, it was not clear what role the world-wide-web would play in all of our lives, but we knew that somehow, it would become a valuable tool for family caregivers. That concept was confirmed in our first online chat (a remarkable event in 1995,) that brought together an Alzheimer’s caregiver from Indiana, a stroke caregiver from Los Angeles and most memorably, a teenager just diagnosed with diabetes who wanted to share his concerns with people who would understand what he was going through.

Since those early days a lot has changed. We have had four major renovations to our online home, added an expanded local section, created the largest directory of caregiver support groups, launched an active newsletter and featured digital interviews with caregiving experts and celebrities. We are also proud to announce that hosts the digital version of our national print magazine, Today’s Caregiver, which is another first in the industry. Yet, with all of the changes and improvements to over the years, the one thing that has remained a constant is that nothing is more important to this web community than you. We remain committed to doing everything we can to create community, hands-on advice and support for family and professional caregivers. And that will never change.


Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Today's Rural Caregiving: Managing Mood
Without Medication

By  Linda Lindsey Davis, RN, PhD

Gemma Reilly is a 72 year-old woman who, with her 74 year-old husband Bob, divided her time between visiting four adult children and 10 grandchildren, worked in the family garden, and maintained a busy schedule of church activities...Continued

Additional Article:
When and How To Say "No" to Caregiving

By Deborah Colgan

How does a caregiver know when he or she can no longer manage the daily caregiving routines and planning responsibilities? What signals alert the caregiver that he or she is in trouble of getting lost in caregiving?...Continued

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Caregiver Story
Personal Emergency Response System:
Caregiver Stories

By Hilary Gibson, Staff Writer

Many long-distance caregivers find a PERS to be a good way of keeping-up with their loved one, as well as helping them to maintain their independence. The following testimonials were submitted by caregivers about their experience with some Personal Emergency Response Systems: .....Continued

(Do you have a story? Tell us.)


Lessen The Squeeze: Caregiver Coping Skills
By Carolyn K. Schultz

According to the Alzheimer’s Association (2000), 5.75 million Americans are in the “Sandwich Generation” of caring for both children and parents, and women represent the majority of caregivers for family members...Continued

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

I take care of my 96 yr Mom and lately she is getting sores on her very thin bottom as she sits all day. Lately she is losing fluid mobility in her legs. I am massaging her legs and giving her more water. The sores I treat with iodine and petroleum jelly. Treat one another pops ups. Would you have any suggestions? I am trying not to lose hope. I don't want to lose my Mom. I have been working so hard to help her.

 Thank you

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Inside This Issue:

Our Teenage Years
Today's Rural Caregiving
Caregiver Story
PERS Caregiving Stories


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