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Thursday January 8, 2009 - Issue #414

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 
The Past in Future Tense

Anyone longing for the good old days has got to be thinking about the old adage: “be careful what you wish for.”I’m not referring to the economic situation in which we find ourselves (although the phrase Fireside Chat comes to mind).I am actually referring to the fact that in a few weeks this country will be broadcasting as much analog television as it did in 1933 – Zilch. Zero.

On February 19th the nation’s broadcasters switch over to digital from analog broadcasting which is a challenge to those of us who still watch television on a set with rabbit ears and tin foil.

From the website

Congress created the TV Converter Box Coupon Program for households wishing to keep using their analog TV sets after February 17, 2009. The Program allows U.S. households to obtain up to two coupons, each worth $40, that can be applied toward the cost of eligible converter boxes.

A TV connected to cable, satellite or other pay TV service does not require a TV converter box from this program.

Consumers have a variety of options. Options to explore include:

  1. Keep your existing analog TV and purchase a TV converter box. A converter box plugs into your TV and will keep it working after Feb. 17, 2009, or

  2. Connect to cable, satellite or other pay service, or

  3. Purchase a television with a digital tuner.

For more information about the TV Converter Box Coupon Program, or to apply for coupons, visit or call toll free 1-888-388-2009 (1-888-DTV-2009). The hearing impaired may call the TTY number 1-877-530-2634 for information in English, and for information in Spanish, consumers can call TTY number 1-866-495-1161. Consumers can also request and submit a coupon application by mailing PO Box 2000, Portland, OR 97208 or by faxing 1-877-DTV-4ME2 (1-877-388-4632.)

Or maybe just turn the dang thing off and curl up with a good magazine or newsletter…

Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Caregiving for a Parent or Elderly Person

By Patricia St. Clair

Throughout our lives we are usually identified by our roles as son, daughter, brother, sister or parent....Continued

Additional Article
Grandparents as Caregivers

By Josefina G. Carbonell

Grandparents are our connection to the past, and often the key to what shapes our future. Grandparents are our history, and we, in turn, are reflections of their lives and experiences...Continued

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Caregiver Story
Humor, Grace and Airport Security

By Erika Hoffman

Dad is 88. He lives with me. About every 7 months, he flies from my house in North Carolina to my sister’s home, near Chicago. It is doable, but it’s not easy, especially in these days of color coded alerts. ...Continued

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Arthritis Tips
By Ryan Mackey

Few diagnoses can create such a transition from the routine in life, as does arthritis. Activities such as sports, traveling, and driving are often too painful to continue, and realizing the physical limitations can be disappointing....Continued

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I have a question. Mom has dementia..short term memory is gone.. but yet when I tell her something that did happen (like at the Doctor's office) she gets upset and says NO..... Where was I? etc.....but she knows she forgets things too. She also thinks I should go to work, home, her house.....that's it!! She is jealous when I do my running around for things I need to do on Saturdays (she gets too tired to go), but she does get out of the house. (She often chooses not to, but then complains about not being able to go) So far she is able to live alone (I live next door and check on her often) I also take care of a handicap son......He lives on the other side of Mom's!! He is deaf, has seizures, and is mentally challenged (I do have some outside help with him-but not a lot) Any suggestions on how to make life easier for Mom?

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Inside This Issue:

The Past in Future Tense
Caregiving for  a Parent...
Caregiver Story
Humor, Grace and airport Security


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