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 Thursday November 11, 2010 - Issue #7

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief An Interview with Dixie Carter

Actress Dixie Carter, who passed away last April, achieved fame as the opinionated Julia Sugarbaker on the hit sitcom “Designing Women,” was also a Broadway star, cabaret singer, loving wife to actor Hal Holbrook and mother to Mary Dixie and Ginna. Dixie Carter was also a caregiver. Carter, who was raised in a stately home in McLemoresville, Tennessee, was primary caregiver to her father, Halbert, who passed away shortly before this interview, and she was caring for her aunt at home in California at the time Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg sat down with this designing caregiver for a talk about family, grief and love.  This interview was published in the May-June 2007 issue of Today’s Caregiver.

Gary Barg: I’m so very sorry to hear about your father’s passing a few weeks ago. You had been his caregiver for some time before he passed. Was it a difficult transition for him to move out to Los Angeles?
Dixie Carter: Of course it was, but he handled it in the way he handled things, which was he didn’t make anyone aware of it. He and my mother were very much a part of raising my children because of my divorce from the father of my children; I called upon them, and on all my family, for various kinds of support and assistance. When I moved out to California, my parents would come out, and they would stay on, so the connection there was very strong. My mother died out here in Los Angeles in 1988. The truth was I didn’t think daddy would live 15 minutes after my mother died. I thought that grief would cut him down, and I feared for him. That was the reason why I wanted him to live with me. I dreaded it, because I thought that I would not have my own grief over my mother, but I felt like that’s what needed to happen to give him any kind of a chance for any kind of a life after he lost her.. ...continued

Take care

Gary Barg


Feature Article

Supporting Caregivers As They Support
Our Veterans

by Kristine Dwyer, Staff Writer

As the wars rage on in Iraq, Afghanistan and beyond, our Armed Forces continue to be prepared for lengthy overseas deployments, often serving multiple or extended tours of duty. This has created unparalleled stress and trauma; not only on those who serve, but also on their families during these deployments and upon their returns. Families make tremendous sacrifices so that these men and women in uniform can provide military service and advance the cause of freedom throughout the world....continued Cancer Channel

Guest Column

When It's A Child's Turn to Take Care of Mom or Dad
A Caregiver Agreement May Be in Order 
By David Cutner

As our parents become elderly and infirm, the parent-child relationship is often reversed.  Our parents are no longer taking care of us, and now it’s our turn to take care of them. 

However, many seniors are reluctant to admit that their bodies, or their minds, are starting to fail.  They don’t want to give up control of their lives or their checkbooks.  While children want to help, they have their own lives, jobs, and families, and they may be conflicted, or even resentful, about spending their time caring for Mom or Dad, particularly when siblings are not doing their “fair share.”...continued



Making the Most of the Holiday Season
By Helen Hunter, ACSW, LSW

It’s the holidays, “the most wonderful time of the year.” While this season is a time for us to celebrate life and our many blessings, stress can exist. I am a firm believer in living each day to the fullest and making each moment count, but how can we make the most of each day, particularly during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season? Here are some tips that have worked for me: .. .continued

Sharing Wisdom - Caregiver Tips

From Robin
in Brunswick, ME

I have been a caregiver for my husband (a quad) for 30 years now. Hang in there. You need to take time for you, and for you and your husband together; this will keep you strong. Talk to your siblings and if they live close enough, let them know you need a break from time to time. They may be able to come stay at your house for a few days so you can get away.  If that does not work, look into respite care. It is important to get away from time to time, even if it is only for a few hours to refresh yourself. You will be a better caregiver for it. I get away to Georgia to visit my sister as often as I can, and every fall I go to a women’s retreat with my church. My husband has told me he sees the difference in me after the time away.

From Elaine in New York

When older people are in the hospital, they tend to look older than they are. When my mom was in the hospital, I engaged the nursing staff and told them just how active she was at 81. I also brought in a recent picture and posted it in Mom's room so no one would get the idea that this wonderful lady's time was up.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

An Interview with
Dixie Carter

Feature Article

Supporting Caregivers As They Support Our Veterans

Guest Column

When It's A Child's Turn to Take Care of Mom or Dad

Making the Most of the Holiday Season
Sharing Wisdom



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