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Thursday  December 10, 2009 - Issue #462

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

A Holiday Gift

Many caregivers who have attended the Fearless Caregiver Conferences this fall have asked me for a copy of the following story with which I usually open my speeches.  The story is attributed to George Carlin, but he always denied having written it.  Nonetheless, it really speaks to me as a caregiver and hopefully to you as well:

The Paradox of our Time

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees, but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgment; more experts, yet more problems; more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life, not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space, but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things. We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice.

Remember, spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.

Remember to say, "I love you" to your partner and your loved ones; but most of all, mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again. Give time to love, give time to speak, and give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

Remember - Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

What more need be said?


Take care


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

 

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Feature Article

 

On The  Move

By Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer

For a caregiver, one of the most anxiety-causing side effects of dementia is wandering. With this diagnosis, caregivers come to expect severe memory loss and confusion as to time and place, but usually they are not prepared for the constant “watch” they must have on their loved one....Continued


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Guest Column
Surviving The Holidays
By: Jennifer Kay, L.C.S.W.

Holidays and special occasions can bring out the best and the worst in us. The prospect of wonderful, happy times abound, filling us with somewhat unrealistic hopes for our relationships. We are often disappointed by how these special occasions turn out. ...Continued

 

Caretips

 
Strategies for Special Holidays
By: David Lowell, MD

The holidays can be a time of renewal - renewal of friendships through visits and cards, renewal of family relationships through gatherings and shared meals, and renewal of one’s faith. But the holidays also are a time that can be particularly challenging for a caregiver....Continued


 
Carenotes

I have a  problem with my mother and her chronic back pain.  In the rehab hospital they are giving her less pain medication and she is spending her time in bed.  When I tell her she needs to get up, she tells me that her back is killing her. 
 
Is there any advice  that could help me when she gets home?



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A Holiday Gift
On The Move
Guest Column
Surviving the Holidays

 


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