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 Thursday December 2, 2010 - Issue #10

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief An Interview with Joan Lunden

Many of us first met Joan Lunden during her tenure as host of ABC’s Good Morning America (1980-1997).  But Joan is also a best-selling author (her books include Wake-Up Calls, A Bend In The Road Is Not The End Of The Road, Joan Lunden’s Healthy Living, Joan Lunden’s Healthy Cooking, Mother’s Minutes, Your Newborn Baby, Growing Up Healthy: Protecting Your Child From Diseases Now Through Adulthood, and Good Morning I’m Joan Lunden). Joan is also host of the successful exercise video Workout America, a motivational speaker and a mother of four children.

Joan sat down with Editor-In-Chief Gary Barg to discuss the importance of positive thinking for family caregivers.

Gary Barg:   As a family caregiver, I have to thank you for your message of the importance of positive attitudes. One of your quotes that I really like is, “We can’t stop changes from occurring, but we can control how we react to them.” What an important lesson for family caregivers. 
Joan Lunden:    The most important thing to   understand is the concept that we actually have the ability to not react, and I truly believe that most people don’t think that way. People think that when something happens, they must react in a fashion that then determines the outcome, and that’s not really how the process has to be. We can make a conscious decision not to react...continued

Take care

Gary Barg

Genworth Financial


Feature Article

Support Group Savvy

By Kristine Dwyer, Staff Writer

“In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.”   Flora Edwards

According to Webster’s dictionary, the word “support” means to give courage or faith to; help, comfort; to carry the weight of; to give approval to, be in favor of or uphold. All of these words describe the framework around which support groups are built. They offer a place for caregivers and families to learn together, deal with feelings of frustration,...continued Long Term Care Channel

Guest Column

Planning to Care  
By Arthur Cohen 

I miss taking care of my dad. He was in pretty bad shape for quite a while toward the end and required lots of care. It was at this time of his life that he said one of the most memorable and flattering things he ever said to me. With all of the anguish and frustration and physical pain he endured, he told me that he felt safe when I was around...continued


Medical Alert Tips:
Alert Systems 101

Choosing a medical alert system has become more complicated as the available options on the market have increased and the technology has changed and improved. However, through the myriad of options, there is a common sense baseline of safety and security these systems provide to a loved one and their caregiver...continued

Sharing Wisdom - Caregiver Tips

From Dianne in Scottsdale, Arizona:

One of the challenges of feeding my father, who is on hospice and unable to feed himself, is how to keep the food warm. The baby dishes of decades ago that you could fill with hot water have long since been discontinued. I came up with the idea of filling a bean bag with popcorn and heating it for 2.5 minutes in the microwave, putting it on a plate, and then placing the dish with his dinner ON TOP OF the bean bag. Voila! It keeps the meal hot the whole time it takes to feed him (often 40-60 minutes) and I am not cooking it to death by reheating it a half dozen times during the course of the meal. When I need a bowl kept hot, like for soups, I put the bean bag in a big soup bowl and then wedge the smaller bowl down into the cavity; it keeps the sides warm, too. I'm so grateful you have put this Web site here. Caregivers are a creative lot and I just KNOW other people have come up with innovative solutions to common caregiving problems. I can't wait to read them all!!!

From Lori in Texas:

Parkinson’s disease is a painful sight for a caregiver. My secret to relief is to look at pictures of years before. My mom has Parkinson’s and has trouble walking, talking, and doing basic ADL's. We laugh together sometimes about her speech troubles and I just don't take it to heart.

The best ideas and solutions for taking care of  your  loved one often come from other caregivers.  Please post your ideas and insights and we will share them with your fellow caregivers. Support Group Directory. Click here for information about any caregiver support groups in your area.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

An Interview with
Joan Lunden

Feature Article

Support Group Savvy

Guest Column

Planning to Care 

Alert Systems 101
Sharing Wisdom



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