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Friday February  27, 2009 - Issue #421

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 
Kids Who Care

When speaking of his childhood, (way back in the dark ages)  my college roommate told stories that made the rest of our dorm mates speechless.  As a child, he had been the direct caregiver for both of his parents. When he was just ten years old, he began caring for their physical needs, doing the family books, cooking for everyone and trying to have a childhood. As an adult he is an extremely professional, yet caring and considerate person, but I always felt bad for how fast he had to grow up. 

Connie Siskowski  was one of the first advertisers and supporters of Today’s Caregiver magazine when we began publishing in 1995. She had created a service which attempted to recreate the concept of doctor house calls (in those days, a radical thought.)  Don’t worry, these two stories do connect. Since then, Connie has gone on to receive her Ph.D. and to create an organization dedicated to children who are also caregivers.  I bring this up to highlight Connie’s work with the American Association of Caregiving Youth and The Caregiving Youth Project (exemplified in a terrific New York Times article earlier this week,) but also to reinforce the notion that when it comes to caregiving, there are no stereotypes.  Only people who need and deserve our support, from whom we can learn and teach much, as long as we are open to sharing our stories with one another.
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Take care

Gary Barg



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Feature Article

Linking the Past to the Present -
The Benefits of Reminiscing

By  Kristine Dwyer, Staff Writer

Uncle Joe recalls the good old days when a Ford coupe was $500, gasoline cost 19 cents a gallon, a postage stamp was three cents, and penny candy was a treat. Grandma Millie tells stories about growing up on the farm and walking three miles to school every day. ....Continued

Sponsored Article
Love Is In The Details

By  Laura Wallis

How do you show love?  Do you write sonnets and leave love notes by the cereal, or are you a little more down to earth?  Do you show your feelings by taking out the trash and making sure there is milk in the fridge?  As nice as love notes can be, sometimes love is a practical matter. ....Continued

Guest Column
Fighting For Your Legs
By  Dr. Gary M. Ansel 

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), a condition synonymous with the clogging of arteries in the body’s lower extremities, is often referred to as a “silent killer” that can bring with it potentially grave results that include gangrene, amputation, or death.  ...Continued

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Setting Limits Is The Key

Realizing the added pressure of being a full-time caregiver is not the only challenged faced by many. In many cases, it is the stress of caring for a loved one, all while maintaining a job and supporting a family. It is at this moment where setting limits and making choices becomes most important.. ...Continued


My wife was recently diagnosed with a terminal illness. There is a lot of information available and what to do during treatment. However, I feel lost because all our dreams have come crashing around us and I find it hard to cope with the idea of dealing with life after she is gone. Any suggestions? 

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Inside This Issue:

Kids Who Care
Linking the Past to the Present
Sponsored Article
Love is in the Details
Guest Column
Fighting For Your Legs


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