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Friday December 12, 2008 - Issue #410

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Holiday Wisdom

I spent a few days with old friends this week.  I had business in the community in which they live and they would not hear of me staying in a hotel. At dinner on Monday night, I had an extended conversation with my friend George about family, work and how life has been treating us over the years. George is a renowned business consultant, so I listened intently for any bits of wisdom which I could apply to my own daily dealings.  Yet, it was in the family care arena where George helped me the most.  His five siblings range from 60 to 72 years of age and some have had significant cardiac health issues this past year.  Recently, George realized that every conversation he has had with his close-knit and fun-loving family over these past few months have been somber and healthcare related.

George is looking forward to everyone getting together for the holidays at his mom's house. He suggested to his family that they take the time to deal with the specifics of the ailing family members' health needs, but then put all health topics aside.  By doing so, they don't miss just being with one another as a family sharing the holiday spirit, warmth and joy rather than letting their fears and concerns take over the entire time they have together.

Now that's some expert advice we can all take to heart.  


Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Travel Preparations for Caregiving "Snowbirds"

By  Kristine Dwyer, Staff Writer

This time of year, many senior "snowbirds" are packing their bags, closing up northern residences and migrating toward senior communities to escape the winter's fury...Continued

Additional Article:
Healthy Holiday Recipe

By Rita Miller Huey

Each of us has our own expectations about the holidays. As a youth, I thought it was supposed to be like in the movies. My family had some strange holiday habits, though, like the year my parents painted the kitchen on Christmas Eve...Continued

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Caregiver Story
Looking Into Assisted Living
Long Distance

By J Lang Wood  

It was sometime late in 2003 that I realized something had to be done with Mom. She had reached the end of her ability to manage her affairs independently, and the reports I got from family and friends in Illinois began to fill me with alarm...Continued

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Holiday Stress Assessment for Caregivers
By Michael Plontz

We can feel the stress lurking around the corner. We may not know what form it will take or how much of it we will have to endure, but we know that it's out there waiting. Wouldn't it be nice to evaluate the amount of stress we can handle as caregivers during the holidays? ...Continued

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Christmas is coming and I am not looking forward to it.  I love my family but I am so drained and tired from caring for my sick mother that I just want to get away by myself.  I have hinted at it and have asked that someone take care of mother for a couple of days, but they will have none of it, saying that she will not be happy if I go away at Christmas.  I am not convinced that this is the real reason.  I just  want to go somewhere to rejuvenate myself for the year ahead.

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Inside This Issue:

Holiday Wisdom
Travel Preparations for Caregiving "Snowbirds"
Caregiver Story
Looking Into Assisted Living Long Distance


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