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Thursday November 10, 2011 - Issue #563

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

 Plus One

I have always said that having a roomful of 400 family caregivers and a celebrity who has gone through family caregiving means you actually have 401 family caregivers in the room. This statement has hardly ever rung more true than last week at our eighth annual New Haven Fearless Caregiver Conference.  Our keynote speaker was Patricia Richardson, who played Jill Taylor in the television program Home Improvements and many other television, film and stage roles. 

Pat came in from New York as her own home in Connecticut had lost power days earlier in the massive snow storm that hit the state so hard.  We were grateful that the weather was absolutely perfect the day of the event. She and her puppy, Olive, left New York early to be with us for as much of the day as possible. Pat was a little concerned that we had her listed as keynote speaker since she really would rather interact with her fellow caregivers than give a speech.  I told her that we call the events the no speechifying and no PowerPoint zone, for which she was grateful...continued

Take care

Gary Barg

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Treating Alzheimer's...Preventing Alzheimer's

Feature Article

VA Benefits – A Little of the Old and
a Little of the New

By Trish Hughes Kreis, Staff Writer

The gratitude we give to the honorable and brave men and women serving our country would be incomplete if we did not also extend that gratitude to their families.  Families have long been the backbone of support for our service men and women during both their active duty and after.  The VA provides numerous programs for veterans and now their caregivers. Many programs have been around for quite some time and others have recently been enacted...continued

Guest Column

Alzheimer's: Stepping Into The Leadership Role

By Daniel Kuhn, LCSW, MSW

Since the person with AD no longer possesses the mental skills to be completely independent, a special brand of leadership is called for. At least one person must assume overall authority for ensuring the well-being of the person with AD but it is best to include others too if at all possible...continued

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Surviving The Holidays
By Jennifer Kay, L.C.S.W.

Holidays and special occasions can bring out the best and the worst in us. The prospect of wonderful, happy times abound, filling us with somewhat unrealistic hopes for our relationships. We are often disappointed by how these special occasions turn out. Add to the normal tensions of holidays, the image of someone you love being ill or incapacitated, and you have the makings of very difficult times...continued

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From Andrea in Indiana
I am 40 years old and earned a degree after my own physical problems started when I was 13. I have experienced good and very bad caregivers throughout my problems and discovered some of these ways to help.

  1. At the beginning of each week, design a schedule that has the highest priorities of that week.
  2. In regard to dissolving anger issues, make time to step away and write down your problem. That will give you time to focus on the actual problem, instead of making more issues that may result in abuse.
  3. When you are about to do some work, turn on some music you like.
  4. Make certain you have a good connection with those around you to know what they need and what you need to help them.
  5. In the morning, make a list of what you want to eat for the whole day.  It helps save time and lets you focus on other priorities.
  6. If you have the money and room, a pet will help you with giving some love and time to the person  who needs your help.
  7. Please remember, “Laughter is the best medicine,” so find TV programs to help.
  8. Investigate Web sites for good prices for your necessities. Many may have information your doctor hasn't mentioned.
  9. When major illness begins, try to start a savings account and add a dollar or two each week.  
  10. God above is watching. Remember the Golden Rule and “What goes around comes around.”  Give the love you will someday want a caregiver to give you. God bless you. God blesses all, and especially those who need help.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Plus One

Feature Article

VA Benefits – A Little of the Old and a Little of the New
Guest Column

Alzheimer's: Stepping Into The Leadership Role


Surviving The Holidays  
Sharing Wisdom


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