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 Tuesday April 19, 2011 - Issue #30

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief An Interview with Steve Roberts

Steve Roberts appears regularly on CNN, PBS and the ABC radio network, and hosts Voice of America’s “The Roberts Report.” He is a contributing editor at U.S. News & World Report, a popular lecturer, and the Shapiro Professor of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University.  Steve, with wife Cokie Roberts, also writes a nationally syndicated weekly commentary column offering no-nonsense analysis of national and international issues.
Steve Roberts knows a lot about family dynamics, having written his most recent book, My Fathers’ Houses: Memoir of a Family, and co-authored with Cokie the New York Times’ bestseller, From This Day Forward (2000).
Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg sat down with Steve to talk about the family business of writing and writing about the business of being a family.

Gary Barg: You and Cokie wrote about this phenomenon in your recent article called, “The Double-Decker Sandwich Generation.” Can you explain what this is?
Steve Roberts: There’s the traditional concept of what the “sandwich generation” is; I remember the moment when I realized that I was in that middle. It was over 20 years ago during a Thanksgiving gathering at my parents’ house in New Jersey. We had rented a bus to go tour the historic sites in Philadelphia and I looked around to notice that the oldest member of our family, my father, the patriarch of the family, and my youngest nephew, who was about 6 or 7, were both missing from the group. We couldn’t find either one of them and I thought this was the perfect symbol of the sandwich generation—dealing with my father at one end and then dealing with my nephew on the other end...continued

Take care

Gary Barg


Feature Article

Caregivers Challenge:
Finding Daycare Options 

By Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer

Caregivers who are just beginning their journey may feel day care services are for later stages of their loved one’s situation.  The sooner caregivers locate and enroll their family member in a program, the greater the benefit for all concerned.  Finding the appropriate day care can be challenging, but has grown much easier over time.  ...continued

Guest Column

Grandparents as Caregivers
By Josefina G. Carbonell

Grandparents are our connection to the past, and often the key to what shapes our future. Grandparents are our history, and we, in turn, are reflections of their lives and experiences. Grandparents set the values and standards by which families live, and it is through traditions that are passed along through generations by grandparents that families remain strong and together...continued



Vision Loss Affects Our Ability to Communicate
By Danielle Myers-Rickard

Did you know that by age 70, fewer than 30 percent of elderly people have 20/20 vision?

Normal age-related visual impairments such as macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma can impact day-to-day functioning. They can affect our ability to drive, safely maneuver an uneven sidewalk, or recognize a friend at church...continued

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I stumbled on your Web site while trying to find a place to take my 87-year-old mom on Saturdays (so that I can get a break and really give the house a good cleaning).  I have called and talked to so many places that offer daycare during the week, but there is nothing on Saturdays.   When I called the last place on my list to see if Saturday care was available, the woman said, “Sorry, we only have weekday service for daycare.”  Jokingly, I said, “Maybe I’ll start my own Saturday respite.”  The woman thought that was a great idea and said I would have plenty of clients.  Well, that was over six months ago and I am still thinking about a Saturday respite.
All of that said, I need to ask, how do I start up a small respite Saturday or weekend daycare?  Do you know anyone who can direct me or help me out?  I figured maybe four clients (including my mom) with one hired person experienced in the aged and medical background.
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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with Steve Roberts

Feature Article
Caregivers Challenge: Finding Daycare Options

Guest Column
Grandparents as Caregivers

Vision Loss Affects Our Ability to Communicate    


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