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Wednesday June 30, 2010 - Issue #492

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

A Fearless Fourth

It may not be too shocking of an admission to make, but I have always loved the Fourth of July holiday.  I love the fireworks, spending time with friends and loved ones (usually at the beach), eating corn on the cob and hotdogs, and feeling tremendously patriotic. 

Over the past 20 years, however, the Fourth of July holiday has taken on a significantly different meaning for me than when I was growing up.   In 1990, The Fourth of July weekend was when we first learned of my dad’s rapidly advancing cancer.  Dad was 61 years old and had just retired. He looked forward to working with my mom in the new business that they had just opened, traveling, singing Barbershop Quartet tunes with friends (not necessarily singing well, but enjoying every minute) and seeing what life had to offer...continued 

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Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Long Distance Caring During the Holidays

By Emily Carton

It is not uncommon for families to be separated by great distances during the holidays. But what happens when one or both parents reach a stage in their lives where they appear to be frail and vulnerable? What can you do to keep from living with an enormous amount of guilt and worry or feeling that to help means sacrificing your own life?  ...continued

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Guest Column

Remember the Studebaker?
Reminiscing as Therapy for Your Parents

By  Paula Tchirkow, MSW, LSW, ACSW

Not again? You’ve heard that story about Sunday trips in the big black Studebaker at least 100 times. But you sit politely as your elderly mother recalls her grandfather’s rumble seat, running boards, chrome grill and overflowing picnic basket....continued


Tips for Buying Long Term Care Insurance
By Mary Damiano

The decision to buy Long Term Care Insurance should not be entered into lightly. There are many things to consider and many options available. Purchasing a policy without making and informed decision can be a costly mistake. Before buying anything, be sure to ask these questions, which serve as a basic guideline of things you need to know.   ...continued



I've been married for only one year, and my husband has Parkinson's. I don't know what to do to be a good caregiver to my husband. This is all new to me, because I don't understand much about this disease. What can you recommend I do to help him more. He is always hurting, and always stiff. Also he's always tired and he doesn't want to do much about anything. Please help.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

A Fearless Fourth

Feature Article

Long Distance Caring During the Holidays
Guest Column

Remember the Studebaker?

Tips for Buying LTCI




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