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Thursday June 4 2009 - Issue #435

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

This Time We’re Serious

If anyone reading this article watches television, please raise your hand.  Hmm, well that seems like everyone, with the exception of that guy way in the back with his nose buried in the book.   In that case, I guess you all know about the major change hitting the airways this month   No,  not Conan taking over the Tonight Show or the new season of “I’m a celebrity, get me out of here”  (doesn’t being on that show by definition, mean that you are no longer actually a celebrity?)  What I am talking about is the real-true-final date for the switch to Digital Television. If you remember, in a previous article I wrote about the date being delayed from earlier this year.  

For those with cable, this is less of an issue than the rabbit –eared among us, but it still needs some attention.  One thing I learned recently (of interest to us in the hurricane-swept south) is that unless your battery powered televisions are DTV ready, they will only pick up lovely static when you need them the most.  I suggest taking a look at the sometime before June 12th to see if and how this switch will affect you and your television watching.  Maybe the guy with the book has the best idea after all. 

Oh, wait a second, it’s an electronic book. Never mind.


Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Caregivers Lifeline

By  Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer

At some point we’ve heard the phrase “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”  This keynote phrase first appeared in an advertisement for a service to help elderly or infirm people get emergency help without having to get to the phone.  ...Continued

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Her Hands

By  Janet Freeman-Daily

So many years ago
They cradled a squalling bundle
Smoothed its tuft of hair
Lent a fingertip to suck
Waved bye-bye at the school bus
Drove to ball games and music lessons...Continued

Guest Column
Multiple Sclerosis: Getting and Managing
Health Care Needs
By  Grace Curry

If you are caregiving to a friend or relative with Multiple Sclerosis, you already know how difficult it can be to manage that care. Services once covered by health care insurance no longer are available....Continued

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Eating Right on the Road
By Rita Miller-Huey

Remember the good old days when you and your companions could go traveling and not worry about what, when or where you were going to eat?...Continued


I'm currently a caregiver for my 78 year old mother, 42 year old brother with downs syndrome and my 11 year old granddaughter. Recently divorced after 17 years of marriage, I had to leave my home to take care of my mother. She currently lives in a 2 bedroom apartment. She couldn't come live with me as I was renting and she is unable to navigate steps.

Right now I'm just so tired. I work full time, very involved in my church and other activities, but taking care of mom is hard. I have no one else to help especially when it comes to taking her to her doctor's appointment. She has missed key appointments because I can't keep taking the time off.

I live in Philadelphia and can't seem to find any programs that can assist with a companion for appointments. She is mobile, but unstable so I can't sign her up with the transportation companies as again she needs assistance.

If anyone has any information please help! I can't afford to lose my job or have her miss her appointments.


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This Time We're Serious
Caregivers Lifeline
Guest Column
Multiple Sclerosis:
Getting and Managing Health Care Needs


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