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Thursday  October 15, 2009 - Issue #454


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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Finding Funny

Last week, I was in Wisconsin to host two Fearless Caregiver Conferences—in  Wisconsin Dells and Owen.  I'd like to offer a special thanks to the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, Clark County Department on Aging and everyone who worked so hard to make these such great events.
 
 In these cities, I found rooms filled with family caregivers sharing a lot, crying some and even laughing quite a bit. In fact, there is a lot of humor to be found in a room full of family caregivers.
 
Last Wednesday in Owen, a professional caregiver shared her experience with a client living with Alzheimer's disease back in the days when the mandate was to try and bring the person with cognitive disorders into the present.  Not being a fan of the concept, she begrudgingly told a client, who repeatedly spoke with her long deceased husband, that she had been a widow for the past ten years. The client turned away and speaking into thin air said, "Did you hear that Harry?  She thinks you're dead...!"
 
I guess that humor is indeed the best medicine.
 
I look forward to seeing you this fall!

 

Take care


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


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Feature Article

 

Financing Hope with Modest Needs

By  Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer  

Geneva and her husband struggle each month to make ends meet since she had to leave her job last year to care full-time for her daughter. Her daughter suffers from Down’s syndrome, ALL leukemia, and severe anemia...Continued
 


 
CareVerse
Through the Eyes of Blue

By Arthur N. Gottlieb, LCSW, CSA

How bold it must have been
A professional woman
Amid the conceit of men
Accomplished and refined
Her beauty transcended...Continued
 


Caregiver Story
Any Dream Will Do
By Linda Albert 

A year ago, my husband was contemplating a surgery that would involve the implanting of a tiny electrode in his brain.  If successful, it would mitigate against his Parkinson’s symptoms, allow him to take less medicine, lessen his side effects and give him more independence and quality of life...Continued


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Take Time
Amy Kaser, RN

As a Registered Nurse, my previous practice has been primarily focused on the individual with the disease process. I am now in a position that is focused on the Caregiver. The National Family Caregiver Program under the Older Americans Act of 2000 has been the catalyst to change how our health care system is viewing Caregivers.  ...Continued


 
Carenotes

I have a 25 year old son who has recently been diagnosed with bipolar and lives in State College PA.  How do I help him find social services available to him?  He would benefit from counseling, and he needs social services for meds.  He has no insurance or job. How do I find help for him or who do I refer him to find help for himself.  The social work maze can be a nightmare to figure out. 

Thank you,


J D

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Inside This Issue:

Finding Funny
Financing Hope With
Modest Needs
CareVerse
Through the Eyes of Blue
Caregiver Story
Any Dream Will Do

 


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