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Thursday January 22, 2009 - Issue #416

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 
All for One

Tuesday was a big day in many ways.

Just a few of the day’s shared experiences included the largest inaugural audience in history, the first African-American president being sworn in and system crashes all across the internet as people logged onto news sites to catch the proceedings. No matter which party you support, it was also a breath of fresh air to see such a rare and graceful transition between one administration and another.

There have been many messages tossed out throughout this elongated campaign season and into the new administration. One message in particular that caught my attention as a caregiver was actually demonstrated throughout the concert at the Lincoln Monument held this past Sunday. Not only was Hollywood emptied out for the day between the actors and musical stars that performed, but I was taken by the events title, “We Are One.”

For many reasons, these three words symbolize the hopes that are gathering across the nation this year, but for caregivers they are especially poignant.

“We Are One.” Since the first issue of Today’s Caregiver magazine rolled off the presses on a rainy July fourth weekend fourteen years ago, every article, poem or personal story that we have received from a family caregiver, elicits messages of recognition and support from other caregivers.

“We Are One.”  Your heartfelt responses to painful and highly personal questions posed by your fellow caregivers are what I like best about hosting this weekly newsletter

“We Are One.” Each of the past 73 Fearless Caregiver Conferences we have held across the nation over the past ten years have included the best and brightest medical and social service professionals answering the most difficult questions from the attendees. Yet, the best advice has traditionally come from a room filled with fellow family caregivers sharing their lessons and opening their hearts with one another.

“We Are One.” Now there’s a message worth shouting from the rooftops.


Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Managing Lung Disease

By Cheryl Ellis, RPFT, CRT, Staff Writer

The lungs oversee the body’s oxygen needs by taking in air deep into their corridors (called bronchi), allowing for oxygen and carbon dioxide to filter in and out of the blood......Continued

Additional Article
Putting Your Best Foot Forward

By  Mary Damiano

Feet are one of the most important yet maligned parts of the body. They are our little chauffeurs, getting us where we want to go.....Continued

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Guest Column
Incontinence: The Caregiver's Role

By Kevin McShane

Incontinence in children is called "training". In adults, it's often called embarrassing. Without understanding the problem, people may jump to the conclusion that their loved one is suddenly getting too lazy or simply doesn't care.  ...Continued

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Incontinence Tips

As many as 13 million people deal with incontinence. Incontinence is a correctable, yet costly condition, with an excess of 30 billion dollars spent last year alone on treatment....Continued


I'm wondering if anyone out there knows if having heart surgery can cause some memory problems, and have an effect on ones temper. My boyfriend of 4 years had an aneurysm that burst in his stomach and can have no more surgeries, his heart can't take it. Only 20% of his heart is working. His doctor doesn't know how or why he is still alive. I have to say this is not so easy for me, cause he is so moody and takes everything out on me. I can only do so much in one day. I feel so alone so much of the time. Any information would be helpful. Thank you


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Inside This Issue:

All for One
Managing Lung Disease
Guest Column
Incontinence: The Caregiver's Role


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