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Friday March 13, 2009 - Issue #423

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Wisdom Sharing 101

She was in her mid-twenties. Her hand had been up for a while before I was able  to bring the microphone to her so that she could ask a question of the expert panel at this past Wednesday's Miami Fearless Caregiver Conference.  As she spoke, she started crying.  Her mother had recently fallen and broken her neck and she explained the challenges she was having as a new caregiver, both mentally and financially. Not to mention the challenges a caregiver faces when a loved one is neither young nor old enough to easily find services.  

One panelist, Agustin Rodriguez from the Miami-Dade Alliance for Aging immediately offered advice and information and later the young woman asked me to direct her to the table where his materials were displayed.  But, what I was most taken by was the abundance of information, support and advice that came from her fellow caregivers in the room, regardless of their own caregiving situation.  Some of the best advice she received was from the mother of a disabled teenager, but she was also counseled by people with loved ones much older than her 62 year old mother.

At the end of the day, one of the most important elements of successful caregiving is learning to reach out to those who are the greatest caregiving experts-your fellow caregivers. This is important to do no matter where you meet another family caregiver and regardless of the age, illness or care situation with which they are dealing. I guarantee you that you will be pleasantly surprised at what you learn from them as well as what you are able to teach them.  Lesson learned.   

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Gary Barg



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Feature Article

Protection From the Perils of Aging

By  Jessica Ashton, Staff Writer

The news isn’t good. According to some experts, long-term care insurance, around in various forms since the 1970s, is too risky and too expensive for most people. But there are even more sobering facts. ....Continued

Additional Article
Anticipatory Grief 

By  Jennifer Kay

When we think of grief, we generally think of the process and feelings we experience after someone dies. In reality we begin this process on the day someone we love is diagnosed with a life threatening illness. ....Continued

Guest Column
Comparing Simple Living Trusts And Wills
By  Michael Palermo

TThe possibility of leaving assets outright to minor children may be the greatest disadvantage of the simple Will. If the parents die while the children are minors, a guardian must be appointed over the children's inherited assets (and over the kids themselves), and this is a cumbersome form of property ownership. ...Continued

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Fighting Resistance From Seniors
By Peter Ganther

Uprooting an elderly loved one and moving them into your home is difficult enough, but add to that the resistance you may receive, and the caregiving becomes an all-encompassing activity ...Continued


I am the caregiver for my brother. He will soon be 69 and he has Medicare and insurance from his retirement, but neither will pay anything toward the cost of incontinence supplies. He is not eligible for Medicaid. After we pay bills and buy food , we have no money for anything else. He has diabetes, dementia, and he has had two strokes. Now he has developed this severe incontinence problem of the kidneys and the bowels. It is extremely difficult to keep him clean . If there are any resources available that will help fund these products, I would certainly appreciate the information. 

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Inside This Issue:

Wisdom Sharing 101
Protecting from the
Perils of Aging
Guest Column
Comparing Simple Trusts and Wills


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