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Wednesday January 20, 2010 - Issue #468

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Smart Giving

Imagine the entire population of American cities the size of Montgomery, Alabama; Tempe, Arizona; Modesto, California or Lubbock, Texas disappearing within the course of one night.  Frightening.  Or consider losing the total number of people you know or ever knew.  This is the equivalent of what happened to our neighbors to the south in Haiti last week.  I, like  much of the world, have been glued to my television set as one tragic consequence of last Tuesday's  earthquake after another  unfolds in front of me...continued

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Feature Article


Financing Hope with Modest Needs

By: Kristine Dwyer, LSW

Geneva and her husband struggle each month to make ends meet since she had to leave her job last year to care full-time for her daughter. Her daughter suffers from Down’s syndrome, ALL leukemia, and severe anemia. As the cold winter months in Ohio approached, they worried how they would heat their home.
The fuel companies required a minimum delivery of 250 gallons to fill the tank in order to deliver fuel and after basic necessities of mortgage, food, and medical
supplies for Geneva’s daughter, there wasn’t enough money left. They tried to borrow funds from relatives to help, yet no one was able to assist them. In
desperation, Geneva contacted Modest Needs...continued

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Guest Column
Long Distance Caregiver - Challenges and Solutions
By Helen Hunter, ACSW, CMSW

Families who struggle to care for a parent across the miles have a unique disadvantage. They cannot be there to know what is really happening. It is often difficult and frustrating to reach doctors or social service agencies and to be able to coordinate the needed care. The older parent may forget what the doctor has told them, or choose not to “burden” their child with problematic information. Indeed, many adult children are not aware that there is a problem until a visit is made, and they see the changes in the parent’s physical, mental or emotional functioning... Continued



Tips and Techniques for Dealing with Stress 

Change is an expected part of our daily lives today. Dealing with it so that YOU control IT rather than vice versa is an important and positive force in controlling your life. Try a few of these tips... Continued


I am the caregiver of my 86 year old mother who lives with me. I get some part time help from the V.A. and Elder Services in my area to help with bathing her, changing bed sheets and cleaning her bathroom. Mom has bad knees, diabetes, is severely overweight, incontinent and refuses to wear her Depends. I am grateful to have  help with her because I could not keep up with her needs on my own and her aides are very nice. We have had bad aides from time to time after her surgeries so I appreciate the difference. I feel better having people that care in my home. The only issue I have is that one of the aides has taken it upon herself to food shop out of our house. She is rarely there when I am home so I haven't been able to confront her about it. My mom adores her and won't confront her about it and I dont want to report her. My mom gets Meals on Wheels and still presents me with a $200 food shopping list every week which is an insane amount of food for one semi ambulatory person to consume.

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Inside This Issue:

Smart Giving
Financing Hope with
Modest Needs
Guest Column
Long Distance Caregiver - Challenges and Solutions
Tips and Techniques for Dealing with Stress 


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Let's Talk -
January 2010

What, if any caregiving resolutions did you make for the new year?

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I've been a Certified Nurses Assistant for going on 37 years and one of the best tips I've come across is using that foam pipe insulation (that you find at the hardware store) around the handles of forks and spoons. It already has a hole...continued