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 Thursday March 31, 2011 - Issue #531

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Someday, No Foolin’

(Dateline-Washington, DC) Today, in an astonishing show of breathtaking good sense, both houses of Congress voted to give the nearly 66 million family caregivers in the United States all the training, support, advice and funds they need as they care for our loved ones. The joint committee chairman stated, “Well, we all woke up and realized that we have families, too—mothers, fathers and children in need of our help. And that we have been placing an unjust annual burden of nearly 350 billion dollars on the shoulders of those we love. Besides, it is just the right thing to do.”...continued

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Feature Article

Caregiver Stress

By Kathy Bosworth

More than one quarter of the adult population (26.6%) has provided care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during the past year.  Based on current data, that translates into more than 50 million people!  Sixty-one percent of “intense” caregivers (those providing at least 21 hours of care a week) have suffered from depression...continued

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Guest Column

My Mother's Keeper: The Eye Doctor Appointment

By Beverly Bernstein Joie, MS, CMC

For the past several years, my step-sister had been taking my mom to see the ophthalmologist. They had their routine; Cindy would drop her off for the appointment and then pick her up after it. Then, last spring, Mom called to ask if I could step in because Cindy was unavailable to help her. I was actually pleased that I would have the opportunity to see what the doctor had to say...continued

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Tips and Techniques for Dealing with Stress 
By Dr. Rita Nachen Gugel

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

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Sharing Wisdom - Caregiver Tips

From hersheycandybar

My caregiver support group found that when dealing with the symptom of “sundowners” in the evening, to leave the area light on ONLY where you want the patient/family member to wander in. They will not enter an unlit area.

From Jane in Kansas City

After I put my husband to bed at night, I can sit in the living room with a good book. It relaxes me to get out of my story and into the book's story—even if it is a spy novel or thriller. Recently, I have re-discovered crocheting. The repetitive stitches keep my hands busy and my mind open to new things. And all my Christmas gifts are getting made!


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Someday, No Foolin’

Feature Article

Caregiver Stress
Guest Column

My Mother's Keeper: The Eye Doctor Appointment


Tips and Techniques for Dealing with Stress
Sharing Wisdom



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