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Friday December 5, 2008 - Issue #409

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Jewels and Treasures

I am writing this column in a hotel room in Port St. Lucie, Florida the night before our second annual Treasure Coast Fearless Caregiver conference. If this event is anything like the previous 72 events we have held to date, there will be a lot of heartfelt conversation regarding long term care placement. Caregivers will be sharing their innermost feelings on the subject, regardless of if they are not considering placement, conflicted about long term care placement or even their ongoing caregiving role if his or her loved one is presently living in a long term care facility. With this in mind, I am extremely grateful to Joanne, the author of the letter which I shared with you two weeks ago. 

And in typical (and wonderful) form, you responded with your honest and deep felt comments:

I wanted to tell you that I read your article from the reader who was telling about how she "popped in" at the nursing home at all different times of the day and so forth, to check on her husband…Continued

My grandmother was in a care home for 10 months, we were her advocate, like Joanne said most of the aides were kind hearted but way over worked...Continued

A word of appreciation for this article. I will pass it on to all my caregivers.  We are a new Adult Day Care program and the next move for most our caregivers is to place their family members…Continued

Sharing your wisdom whether online, in print or in person, now that’s what successful caregiving is all about. 


Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Stress and the Holidays:
Coping Strategies to Keep you Sane

By  Helen Hunter, ACSW, CMSW

Every year, the media bombards us with advertisements showing the “happy family” gathering for the holidays. People from different generations are together  ....Continued

Additional Article:
Fighting Caregiver Fatigue

By Kristine Dwyer, Staff Writer

Calvin’s day begins before 5 A.M. He knows another exhausting day lies ahead. He allows himself only enough time to have a cup of coffee and read the paper before lying back down by his wife’s side until 6 A.M. when the daily routine begins again;. ...Continued

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Caregiver Story
A Family's Journey of Caregiving

By Sr. Marie Clark

Thirty years ago there were very little supports, services or options available for families caring for their older loved ones in the United States. Since that time, our nation has made great strides in helping caregivers provide the assistance they need to keep their family members living at home in the community among their families and friends....Continued

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Top Ten Ways To Care For Yourself
During the Busy Holiday Season
By Jennifer Buckley

Keep a diary. Start today. Describe your fears as well as your hopes, the reality of what each day is like. Don’t be afraid to write about the losses, big or small.

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Inside This Issue:

Jewels and Treasures
Stress and the Holidays
Caregiver Story
A Family's Journey
of Caregiving


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