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Thursday July 2, 2009 - Issue #439

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Anniversary Gifts

This coming Fourth of July marks the fourteenth anniversary of Today’s Caregiver magazine.  By the way, the fourteenth anniversary present is jewelry.  I’m not picky, diamonds, emeralds, whatever can fit in a mail pouch is fine with me.   In reviewing the past 168 months of publishing, I am most grateful for the articles, poems and stories that have been passed over the transom by family caregivers.  No knock on the care professionals, journalists and writers who have graced our pages, but nothing compares to the heartfelt intimacy and wisdom of a story which is faxed or emailed with the note “I am not a writer, so don’t laugh, but I just had to share this story.”  These are always the articles which get the most response for their spot-on advice and tremendously helpful insights.  So, keep those cards, letters and poems coming.
This past week has encompassed one sad passing of a public figure after another.  We send our condolences to all of these families, from Ed McMahon, a caregiver and cover interview from a few years ago, to Farrah Fawcett, Billy Mays, Fred Travelino and of course, Michael Jackson.  For all we know these people in their public personas, they also leave behind grieving parents, sons, daughters and friends who remember them as more than public figures.  The Michael Jackson family saga also reminds us that no matter how old you are (or who you are,) there is no better time than the present to make sure that your family does not have the burden of trying to uncover your wishes in their time of grief.  Take the time to put your advanced directives, wills and final wishes together. Sit with your adult family members to share your thoughts on these matters and let people know where the important documents are in case of emergencies. 
After all, the gift of preparation is the greatest gift you can give your family in their time of need.     
Our anniversary gift to you


Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Cancer Therapy Nutrition

By  Angela Medieros, Staff Writer

The effects of cancer therapy can be draining on the body and spirit. Side effects like diminished taste sensation and upset stomach affect one’s ability to enjoy food and stay nourished. Dietary changes throw off physical and emotional balance. With proper thought and safe experimentation, nutritional continuity can be enhanced...Continued

Care Verse
A Full Heart

By  Bill E. Goldberg

I read him poetry,
and he cries.
He’s eighty two and has Alzheimer’s...Continued

Special Article
Myth: Increased Doses of Painkillers Cause Death
By Jennifer Buckley

Many professional and family caregivers deem increasing the amount of prescription pain medication, for chronically ill people in pain, an unacceptable act. Terminally ill people are literally dying with an unnecessary amount of pain because of the negative stigma attached to administering surplus pain-killing opioids when needed. ...Continued

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Natural Constipation Helper
by Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer

When prescribed pain medication causes constipation, individuals may be reluctant to continue taking the medicine, or they may continue taking it and bear the pain of an out of balance digestive system...Continued


How do other caregivers deal with the loneliness of caring for your loved one ? I work 2 jobs and Mom goes to day care from 7:30 - 3:00 pm Monday - Friday. I am very thankful to just have this time for work. I do feel very alone.....most do not really understand what being a full time caregiver means.

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Anniversary Gifts
Cancer Therapy Nutrition
Special Article
Myth: Increased Doses of Painkillers Cause Death


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