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Thursday  December 3, 2009 - Issue #461


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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Those Four Little Words

As far as I am concerned, there are two sets of three little words that every family caregiver needs to have at their disposal and use as frequently as possible.

The first set is obvious to you romantics out there—it is, of course, “I Love You.”  You can't say that enough.  Add in a smile and a warm hug for good measure.  Any longtime newsletter reader will already know what the second set of words is and that it must be used unfailingly and fearlessly whenever necessary:  “Who’s your supervisor?”  Those words will work wonders when you face any unreasonable roadblock as you care for your loved one.


Recently, at the first annual Houston Fearless Caregiver Conference at the Chapelwood Church, a family caregiver expanded my caregiving vocabulary.  It turns out that she was getting extremely frustrated by having to answer the same questions over and over again from her mother who was living with Alzheimer's disease.  

After one such session,  she was about to respond angrily to her mom, who would not understand anything but the anger in her daughter's voice.  Before she had a chance to speak, her husband (a wise man, indeed) took her aside and said the following four words. These became the mantra of the event that day in Houston.  I would like you to say them to yourself whenever those unimportant things that happen make us lose our perspective.  The phrase is:  “What Does It Matter?” 


Indeed.  


Take care


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


 



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Feature Article

 

Caregivers Challenge: Finding Daycare Options

By Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer

Caregivers who are just beginning their journey may feel day care services are for later stages of their loved one’s situation.  The sooner caregivers locate and enroll their family member in a program, the greater the benefit for all concerned.  Finding the appropriate day care can be challenging, but has grown much easier over time...Continued


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Guest Column
Coping with Holidays as a Caregiver
By: Brenda Race

We all know that Holidays can be a very stressful time just in living an ordinary family life. There is much confusion with the hustle and bustle of preparing for extra company, fixing special meals and playing the host while trying to also enjoy the whole experience ourselves. ...Continued

 

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Top Ten Ways To Care For Yourself
During the Busy Holiday Season
By: Jennifer Buckley

Keep a diary. Start today. Describe your fears as well as your hopes, the reality of what each day is like, Don’t be afraid to write about the losses, big or small...Continued


 
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Inside This Issue:

Those Four Little Words
Caregivers Challenge: Finding Day Care Options
Guest Column
Coping with Holidays as a Caregiver

 


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