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Thursday April 2, 2009 - Issue #426

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Gone A-Visitin'

This past weekend, we took Morris a-visitin’. An elderly friend, Mora, had recently returned home from the rehabilitation facility where she had been recuperating from a fall. Her daughter lives down the road and is the primary caregiver, but works most weekends. That’s when Mora’s depression hits her the hardest. For Mora to be so depressed was truly troubling for the family, since she was, by nature, always lively, bright and the center of attention. Just ask her about her dates with Cary Grant or Tyrone Power. Mora and her daughter are true dog lovers and always swoon over the pictures of Morris (see below) that they have seen. So we thought that a visit with Morris would be just the thing to cheer her up.

My friend Dr. Bill Thomas has proven how much pets help people living in long-term care facilities through his Eden Alternatives program, but I wanted to see if a home visit would do the trick as well. Boy, did it! Mora was up and out of her chair as soon as she saw Morris and her demeanor changed to that of her bubbly youth. When her daughMorrister stopped by, it was a real love-fest among the three of them. In fact, they asked if there wasn’t some long overdue chore we needed to attend to so they could spend some quality babysitting time with him. For his part, Morris seemed to strive to please Mora, from extensive licking to sitting on her lap, shamelessly seeking scratches which Mora cheerfully administered. When we finally had to leave, there were pleas for more time from all involved. I guess it is no surprise how important the unconditional love of a pet is to anyone, most especially those who are depressed, but it was amazing to see how fast this application of canine medication took effect.

By the way, I have joined the Twitter generation…I hope this does not make me more of a twit that usual. If you Twitter too, please join us for some tweets from the road. (Ok, now I’m really getting ill.)

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Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Not Another Sleepless Night

By  Jennifer Buckley

A typical day for a caregiver might include on-the-job stress in the morning, a rush to a doctor’s appointment for your mother at lunchtime and battling bottle necked traffic in the evening only to come home and figure out what to cook everyone for dinner.....Continued

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Dining with Dignity Even When it Seems Impossible!

By  Jo-Anne S. Kelly

The phone is ringing off the hook while you, the caregiver, have your hands full: tying the bib around Dad's neck; stirring the pot on the stove; wiping the tears from your toddler's cheeks while trying to bandage his skinned knee...Continued

Guest Column
Lending a Helping Paw
By  Mark Kostich

Clinical literature has long documented that animal companionship can help the pain and discomfort associated with many of life’s greatest transitions. Animal companionship has helped during the time of military transfers, broken hearts, terminal illnesses, lost loved ones and teenagers going away to college. ...Continued

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Huntington's Disease: Tips for Coping
By   Heather Pratt

Some of the suggestions I have for living with HD are:

Keep life simple - Rest, Exercise, Nutrition, A daily laugh Carry earplugs with you when you are out (Some people with HD are sensitive to noise)   ...Continued


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Inside This Issue:

Gone A-Visitin'
Not Another Sleepless  Night
Guest Column
Lending a Helping Paw


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