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Friday July 17, 2009 - Issue #441

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Lunch and Learn


We just had lunch with my friend Elaine. This was a slightly belated version of our traditional birthday luncheon, which has been our regular habit since we first met fourteen years ago.   I haven’t seen much of Elaine or her husband Carl for the past few months because they are usually on the road to somewhere of interest since her retirement a year and a half ago. Elaine was a community outreach manager at a major local long-term care facility.   In this healthcare community, Elaine’s advice is still actively sought because she always placed the seniors and their family caregivers above all else. In fact, I can’t figure out how she still knows more about the goings-on in this community than those who are still actively working.

When I told her I really don’t like the word Re-Tirement, she admitted that she prefers a phrase she learned at a seminar a few years ago—Re-Firement!  I like that.

By the way, all of us at the lunch table were at least 10 years old when Apollo 11 landed on the moon 40 years ago next week.  For our fellow Boomers (plus), where were you on July 20th 1969?


Take care

Gary Barg

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Pain Management Report Card

By  Liza Berger, Staff Writer

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Levels of Adjustment
By Juli A. Koroly

When a family member faces a chronic illness, the entire family structure is rocked to its foundation. The inevitable life changes occur in stages, and we can adjust to them more easily if we recognize these stages when they happen....Continued

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Lunch and Learn
Pain Management Report Card
Guest Column
Levels of Adjustment


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