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Wednesday April 29, 2009 - Issue #430


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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Interesting Times Gumbo

Let’s see, first we blend in an international monetary crisis, add a heaping fistful of mortgage meltdown, mix in essence of depre......er, recession, simmer quickly and when hot, add in two wars, a sizzling dash of partisan division in Washington and stir it all up rapidly.  Hmm, I think there’s something missing from this stew.  Oh yes, here it is- a pinch of pandemic.  And now, set it all to boil.

I unfortunately now understand what the old Chinese curse means: may you live in interesting times.
 
But seriously, as in all things we caregivers deal with, we need to stay calm and review the facts.  And to do that I recommend that you take the news talking heads with a grain of salt and visit the CDC website for regular updates.
 
Maybe, just maybe the times are getting just a little bit too interesting for my taste.
 
The Fearless Caregiver Tour is really on a roll. At this moment, the schedule for the rest of the year includes, California, Texas, Iowa, Wisconsin, Florida and Connecticut. Stay tuned for more.

 

 

Take care

Gary Barg
Editor-in-Chief
gary@caregiver.com


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Feature Article

Long Distance Caregiver - Coping With Emotions

By  Catherine Murphy, R.N.


Being a long distance caregiver has a unique set of problems. I have been on both sides of the coin, and know that the emotional drain of being too far from our loved one to be of direct help, can be devastating. How can one describe the fear that envelops you when the phone rings? ......Continued
 


Care Verse
Special People
By  Phyllis Porter Dolislager

I think there will be a special place in heaven for caregivers.;

You who have loaded wheelchairs into cars or vans
or cut up food and gently placed it into your mate’s mouth,...Continued
 


Guest Column
Long Distance Caregiver - Challenges and Solutions
By  Helen Hunter, ACSW, CMSW

Families who struggle to care for a parent across the miles have a unique disadvantage. They cannot be there to know what is really happening. It is often difficult and frustrating to reach doctors or social service agencies and to be able to coordinate the needed care.  ...Continued


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Caretips

The Fearless Caregiver Manifesto
By Gary Barg

I will fearlessly assess my personal strengths and weaknesses, work diligently to bolster my weaknesses and to graciously recognize my strengths...Continued

 


 
 
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Inside This Issue:

Interesting Times Gumbo
Long Distance Caregiver- Coping with Emotions
Guest Column
Long Distance Caregiver-Challenges and Solutions

 


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