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 Tuesday February 15, 2011 - Issue #525

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Four P's Plus One

In each welcoming speech at our Fearless Caregiver Conferences, I always practice a bit of crystal-ball foretelling of the future. In truth, there is one single event that I can forecast will happen that day and my prediction always comes true. I start off by thanking in advance the attendee who will write my next newsletter column. Or at least they give me the idea of what to write.  This one is in fact such a column.  

During the morning question and answer session, Bobbie and I endeavor to race around the conference room with microphones in hand to quickly reach the attendees as they raise their hands signaling their interest in asking a question.  This is great fun and much-needed exercise (at least for me).

As the session was wrapping up this past week in Palm Beach Gardens, a gentleman stood up at the far end of my side of the room, he waved me off from bringing over the microphone stating in a booming voice, “I don’t think I will need that.” He was correct.  He stood in response to some of the previous questions and comments from attendees about their challenges of dealing with customer service representatives by phone at various healthcare and even government organizations. ...continued  

Take care

Gary Barg



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Feature Article

Long Distance Caregiving - A Growing Phenomenon

By Liza Berger, Staff Writer

It usually starts with a call: A father casually informs you he’s been diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Your mom’s neighbor says she’s noticed that Mom hasn’t been herself lately. A sibling tells you it’s about time you came down South to visit Dad.

Caregiving is often triggered by a crisis. And all of a sudden, an adult child is forced to come to grips with a newfound new role as a long-distance caregiver. Thankfully, caregivers can take certain steps to help ease the stress of the task...continued

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Guest Column

Soaring Through a Family Meeting

By Jean Wise

Bess’ Alzheimer’s disease has progressed to late stage. She lives with her husband, Don, in a small town. They have four adult children, three of whom live several hours away and one who lives across the country, who are anxious and unsure of what to do as their mother continues to decline. It is time for a family meeting, but where do they start?...continued

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Considerations for Caregivers
By Arthur N. Gottlieb MSW, LMSW, CSA

Caregiving is not for everyone. Remember, it’s not about you. If the relationship is too emotionally charged or patience is not your best virtue, find someone else to take over the primary role of caregiver.

It is important to reflect upon your motivations for being a caregiver and to make an honest assessment of your limitations...continued

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My father was diagnosed with cancer in October 2010. He spent two months in a hospital and one week in rehab to be able to walk again. I live across town, so he mainly depends on my mother and brother to be his caregivers. There is so much tension in the home among the three of them that I fear that he cannot heal. What do you do when you feel the caregivers are burned out?


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Four P's Plus One

Feature Article

Long Distance Caregiving - A Growing Phenomenon
Guest Column

Soaring Through a Family Meeting


Considerations for Caregivers



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