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Friday May 15 2009 - Issue #432

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

"Here Is Where You Can Find Someone Who Might Understand and Listen."

I want to share an early morning email interaction that our partner and editorial director Nancy Schonwalter, recently had with a family caregiver:

Dear Caregiver

I was desperate to talk with someone who could understand. I googled "care giver support"  and your website came up. I think you should know that I did not get any help from your website as it requires some sort of login…


Dear AM

Our website does not require any log in except for the discussion forum where you can read all the comments w/o logging in but need to create a log in order to post a comment. If you could be more specific in what you were trying to do or what kind of support you are looking for, we would be happy to try to help you.

Nancy Schonwalter

Dear Nancy

Thank you so much for your kind response. Actually, that's what I was probably "looking for" - just a measure of human contact and kindness. I was having a "moment" (husband has Parkinson's; father is blind; mother, well, mentally ill and I'm mostly responsible for all of them). I googled 'caregiver support' and your website was number one. From your home page I couldn't quickly find any link that said to me "Here Is Where You Can Find Someone Who Might Understand and Listen."

Now that I'm calmer, I think your Forum is closest to what I needed in my desperate moment...

I rarely have such an overwhelming sense of desperation as I was experiencing last evening. I think I would have benefited greatly from your website had I been able to think clearly enough to click on the 'Forum' tab. Now that I know you're here I will peruse the website (which looks like it will be very helpful to me) and I look forward to making some connections to help me through the rough waters. Next time, I'll have a place to go when I need it.

So thanks for listening and thanks for your website.


Thank you AM, you remind us all that sometimes the most important answers we need as caregivers are in simply knowing that people are willing to listen to our questions.

Now if I can find an internet button that will hold the words:
"Here Is Where You Can Find Someone Who Might Understand and Listen."


Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Planning For the Future
with a Special Needs Child - Part 1
The Child’s Long-Term Needs

By  Harry S. Margolis and Eric Prichard

As if the job of being a caregiver for a special needs child is not difficult enough on its own, Baby Boomers often find themselves becoming dual caregivers for both their children and their own aging parents...Continued

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Caregiver's Spring Fever

By  Donna Coombs

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Encircled by a frozen landscape
That was magic in December
And cursed by March
Even novels that offered escape ....Continued

Guest Column
Working Out and Having a Ball
By  J B Buckley

Remember when you were a child and running around the playground, swimming in the community pool, or building a sand castle was fun? Little did you know you were not only having fun, but getting a workout too...Continued

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Caring For The Caregiver

Being a caregiver is a stressful and demanding job. There is usually very little, if any opportunity to prepare for a new caregiving situation. The well-being of the caregiver requires priority consideration....Continued


I have 2 grandchildren who stay with their other grandmother after school because of the work schedule of their parents.  Their grandmother has paranoid schizophrenia, and sometimes does not take her medication and has had to be taken to the hospital on more than one occasion.  I don't know much about the illness and do not want to jump to any conclusions, but could she be a danger to the children? 

Any suggestions on how to deal with this?


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Inside This Issue:

Someone Who Will Listen
Planning for the Future with a Special Needs Child -
Part 1
Guest Column
Working Out


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