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 Tuesday December 21 2010 - Issue #517

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

A Caregiver's Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas,
When all through the house
A caregiver was scurrying,
Caring for her dear spouse;

His stockings were placed
Upon his feet with great care 
In hopes he felt well enough to step
out for some fresh air

Their children were scattered,
All snug in their beds
Around this great country,
Not a care in their heads...continued  

Take care

Gary Barg





Caregiver Support Research Study


The Caring Hearts research study seeks participants to help test an online program designed to help caregivers provide assistance to a loved one with heart failure. Participants can receive $50 for visiting the Caring Hearts Web site and completing two online surveys.

To qualify:

  • You must be providing support to a loved one with heart failure and who is 65 years or older.
  • Must have an email address and access to a computer with a high-speed Internet connection.  

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Oregon Center for Applied Center This study is being conducted by the Oregon Center for Applied Science with a grant from the National Institute on Aging.

Feature Article

Finding That Special Gift For That Special Child 

By Hilary Gibson, Staff Writer

A caregiver isn’t just someone who is restricted to taking care of only an elderly or ill family member. Caregiving frequently encompasses the duties of regular parenting, but goes way beyond this role, particularly when a special needs child is the one being given the unique care and attention they need...continued

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Guest Column

The Gift of Music for the Holidays

By Barbara Jacobs, M.S.

As a caregiver for someone with dementia, you may be wondering what gift to give your loved one for the holidays. Have you considered the gift of music this holiday season?

In my fifteen years of experience as a therapeutic musician, I have led countless musical sing-along programs for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. During these programs, I often witness music’s power to unlock memories...continued

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Fearless Caregiver Tips

There can be good deal of confusion for anyone during the holidays, with the hustle and bustle of preparing for extra company, fixing special meals and playing the host while trying to enjoy the whole experience as well. For a caregiver of a loved one living with Alzheimer's disease, this time can add a whole new set of strains to an already stressful situation.. ...continued

Share your tip, advice resource or observation.


The biggest concern I have is that my 78-year-old mother falls and I am not able to pick her up off the floor. I've thought of buying a beanbag that might help me get her back into bed. I'm looking for any better answer to this.



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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

A Caregiver's Christmas

Feature Article

Finding That Special Gift For That Special Child 
Guest Column

The Gift of Music for the Holidays


Fearless Caregiver Tips



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