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 Thursday September 16, 2010 - Issue #503

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Seven Tragic Ds

This past Sunday marked the annual celebration of Grandparents’ Day.  I hope you took the time to thank a grandparent for all they do for their grandkids.  And, frankly, that has proven to be quite a lot. According to our good friend, Sandra Timmermann, Ed.D, director of the MetLife Mature Market Institute, grandparents annually provide 370.7 billion dollars in financial support for their grandchildren.

In particular, I would like to salute those six million Americans who are grandparent caregivers.  You should, in fact, be honored each and every day of the year for the role you play in the lives of your grandchildren.  So many times, the causes for grandparent caregiving are attributed to what I call the Seven Tragic Ds which have affected their own children, leaving their grandchildren in need of care. The Seven Tragic Ds are Death, Disease, Divorce, Disinterest, Depression, Dollars and Drugs...continued

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Gary Barg




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Feature Article

Advocacy - A Weapon in the Fight Against Prostate Cancer

by Liza Berger

Jan Manarite’s husband, Dominic, has been living with prostate cancer for more than nine years. And that is in large part due to her advocacy efforts, she does not hesitate to admit.

“I continue to get all his medical records,” said Manarite, who is the Florida educational facilitator for the Prostate Cancer Research Institute (PCRI), which is based in Los Angeles. “I’ll get a highlighter and highlight the important words.”  Manarite, who joined PCRI after her husband became sick, represents one of thousands of prostate cancer caregivers across the country...continued Cancer Channel

Guest Column

Caregiving by Men:
A Husband's Perspective

By Seth B. Goldsmith, Sc.D,. J.D.

The formal diagnosis of ovarian cancer was confirmed after seven hours of surgery at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Prior to receiving that devastating news, we were in the land of possibilities, probabilities and suspiciousness in large measure due to the inconclusiveness of blood tests, ultrasounds and CT scans. Cancer never strikes at a good time, but for us the surgery occurred at a particularly poignant moment, July 27, 1969, our twentieth wedding anniversary...continued



Eight Tips to Managing Caregiver Guilt

By: Dr. Vicki

Guilt is a common feeling in the landscape of caregiving. Guilt can propel you to be the best you can be…or it can immobilize you.

For caregivers, painful feelings — such as guilt, sadness and anger — are like any other pain. It’s your body’s way of saying, “Pay attention.” Just as the pain of a burned finger pulls your hand from the stove, so, too, guilt guides your actions and optimizes your health....continued

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Seven Tragic Ds

Feature Article

Advocacy - A Weapon in the Fight Against Prostate Cancer
Guest Column

Caregiving By Men




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