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 Tuesday November 16 2010 - Issue #512

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Sweet Sixteen

Sixteen years ago this week, after visiting my grandmother in a local hospital, I sat in a Miami Beach restaurant, alone and frightened. I had recently become what I call a caregiver’s caregiver, returning home that summer to help my mom care for my grandparents. Those previous few months had been an unrelenting rush of hospital emergency room, assisted living facility and doctor’s office visits.

As I sat in the restaurant facing a table covered with nursing home brochures and government and non-profit organization pamphlets, it occurred to me that my mom and other caregivers I had met deserved much more support than was available to them.  It became clear that they needed a publication dedicated to helping them as they helped their loved ones. Almost twelve months later, Today’s Caregiver magazine was born. This being in the relatively early days of what was to become known as the Internet, was not launched until the end of that year. I had no idea of what we would encounter over the next decade and a half, how many caregivers we would share our lives with, or what an incredible network of family heroes we would meet across the country and the world...continued  

Take care

Gary Barg




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An Interview with Donna Shalala

Donna Edna Shalala has served as president of the University of Miami since 2001. Prior to her appointment as University of Miami President, she served for eight years as Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Clinton. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, by President George W. Bush in June 2008.

Gary Barg: You helped create the Family Caregiving Initiative and the National Family Caregiver Support Program.  These two major programs have been of great importance to family caregivers since they were initiated. Are they living up to your expectations?...continued Cancer Channel


Guest Column

Caregiving Issues Facing
the Multi-Generational Family

By Helen Hunter, ACSW, CMSW

There are many family situations today where you can find three, four or even five generations living under one roof. While the circumstances that result in multi-generational living vary from financial to health-related to simple family closeness, those who live in these types of households deal with many issues. Serving as the main caregiver for an older relative, dealing with grandchildren and having one of their own children living back at home after several years on his/her own can be a challenge for the best of families....continued

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Strategies for Special Holidays
By David Lowell, MD

he 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. It is a time during which the changes in one’s life are highlighted and there are additional demands placed upon on an already stressed life...continued

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Sweet Sixteen

Feature Article

An Interview with
Donna Shalala
Guest Column

Caregiving Issues Facing the Multi-Generational Family


Strategies for Special Holidays



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