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Thursday November 24, 2011 - Issue #565

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

 Happy Thanks for Giving Day

I think there has never been a more aptly named holiday for family caregivers than Thanks Giving. Oh, I know that there are traditional theories behind the holiday, the Pilgrims, turkey, stuffing and all that. But I am taken with the fact that the name of the holiday details everything I think about caregivers: Thanks for Giving so much for your loved ones, friends and community.

Thanks for Giving your time, energy, heart and dedication for those who are in need.

Thanks for Giving a face to all that is right with this world.

Thanks for Giving so very much so often...continued

Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Focus on Video Magnifiers

By Kristine Dwyer, LSW, Staff Writer

Martha and Ken were married for more than 45 years when Ken began showing signs of multiple sclerosis. As the disease progressed and his caregiving needs increased, Martha found her own health status changing. She was having more difficulty breathing and she began to notice a decrease in her vision. Over the next two years, Ken became confined to a wheelchair and Martha was diagnosed with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and put on daily oxygen. Her eyesight continued to deteriorate to the point of near blindness...continued

Guest Column

Care and Comfort for the Stroke Patient

By Nancy Meadows

Life for the Jack Meadows family changed forever in December 1989 when this husband and father suffered a stroke. The massive incident in his brain left him with no use of his right side. Months of rehabilitation restored strength and balance but could not return him independence in daily routines of self-care. He has a strong left arm and weak left leg to provide limited mobility...continued

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Making the Most of the Holiday Season
By Helen Hunter, ACSW, LSW

It’s the holidays, “the most wonderful time of the year.” While this season is a time for us to celebrate life and our many blessings, stress can exist. I am a firm believer in living each day to the fullest and making each moment count, but how can we make the most of each day, particularly during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season? Here are some tips that have worked for me:...continued

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Sharing Wisdom


From Linda in  Orange, CT
Already we are being inundated with holiday ads on TV and in the newspapers. Things are different this year as my husband is ill. I try to focus on my wonderful family and not get overwhelmed with the hype. Things and possessions are not important; FAMILY is. Try to keep that in mind.

From Terry in Etowah, NC
I have found that living in the present is one of the best ways for me to live with stress. If I am living in the land of "if only" or attempting to control future outcomes, I am missing the beauty of the day. Attempting to control others with my opinions and suggestions only increases the stress of interacting with family, friends, and co-workers. Letting go of resentments also helps me to understand and forgive persons or situations that cause me increased sadness and anger. When I acknowledge to myself that I miss those who have gone before me, it frees me to enjoy the ones who still grace my life. I don't spend money I don't have. I have examined my motives when I buy someone a gift. Is it because I want to impress someone or is it a gift from my heart? And I pray.



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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Happy Thanks for Giving Day

Feature Article

Focus on Video Magnifiers
Guest Column

Care and Comfort for the Stroke Patient


Making the Most of the Holiday Season  
Sharing Wisdom


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