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Wednesday December 17, 2008 - Issue #411

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

The Difference is You


As I travel the country talking with caregivers about the support and services in their neck of the woods, one thing has become crystal clear.  The support a community has to offer its caregivers certainly has something to do with funding and geography, but most of all it has to do with people like you.

In every community that is making strides for their family caregivers, you can point to the folks who start things, motivate people and create value for his or her fellow caregiver. I was thinking of one such person the other day, when in my travels I heard from caregivers in a rather well-populated northern community about how hard it is to get caregivers together. Their support groups never seem to gain traction and fail as soon as they start. This brought me to thinking about Corky Hochler, a dedicated caregiver to her husband Harry and a community spirit who never seemed to run out of energy for the support group she was instrumental in founding in South Florida. And what a support group it is, large and enthusiastic, boisterous and sharing.

Corky passed away this past Friday and will be missed by all in her group and community. But if I know Corky, she will be joining the support group, at least in spirit, each and every month.

Become or support the Corky in your town. You and your community will be better off by doing so.


Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Holiday, Gifts and Stress

By  Jude Roberts, Staff Writer

Even if you're not a caregiver, the threat of the holidays being right around the corner strikes instant fear, terror and major stress into the hearts of almost everyone...Continued

Additional Article:
Holiday Help: Relieving Caregivers Stress

By Cheryl Smith

Who doesn't feel overwhelmed sometimes by the bustle of the holiday season? Add to that the responsibility of caring for a frail elderly loved one, and burnout is simply a concept waiting to become reality...Continued

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In the past several years, hospice of CNY has expanded its mission to include palliative care, and has broadened its partnership with hospitals, nursing homes, and other community organizations whose focus also includes end of life care...Continued

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Surviving The Holidays
By Jennifer Kay, L.C.S.W. 

Holidays and special occasions can bring out the best and the worst in us. The prospect of wonderful, happy times abound, filling us with somewhat unrealistic hopes for our relationships....Continued

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

How do I find local help and support. This year I have developed Diabetes, Parkinson's and Bipolar Disorder, I have had no income for 3 months, I sleep less than 4 hours a night, have a Mother who has been in the hospital for two weeks after having a toe amputated from staff infection ... I'm burnt-out and exhausted. Now the hospital wants me to administer IV antibiotics twice a day for 6 weeks. I haven't had a vacation for 7 years and the only support I have is an alcoholic brother who does not work that I also support.

I'm over it and desperately need help. I don't know what to do next.

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Inside This Issue:

The Difference is You
Holiday Gifts and Stress
Caregiver Story
Supported by a Caring Community


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