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December 4, 2013  |  Issue #667             
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From the Editor's Pen Gary Barg • Editor-in-Chief • gary@caregiver.com

Gary Barg
The Gail Hunt Interview

Gary Barg: Gail, can you tell me about the work of the National Alliance for Caregiving?

Gail Hunt: We’re a coalition of about 45 national organizations that have come together around the issues of family caregiving—family meaning friends and neighbors, as well as relatives across the life span. We’re the people that do most of the national research around family caregiving, so we have all the data on caregiving in the US  ...more

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Caring Gifts for Caregivers
By Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer

Nearly any season has its typical gift giving occasions. From yuletide to birthdays and anniversaries, the need to find an appropriate gift presents itself. When the gifts are for caregivers or their special needs loved ones, it becomes necessary to place a little more thought into the right gift. The individual who once knitted or did other handicrafts may now be impaired  ...more

Caregiver Holiday Special

Confessions of a Recovering Caregiver
By Daphne Simpkins

Since my three-year stint as my father’s caregiver I wrestle with socially unacceptable urges to comfort, feed, and water just about anybody. I do not have to know you personally to offer you a cough drop when you choke. I say “Bless you” before you finish sneezing, and my right hand will automatically fidget for an Aloe-enriched, bacteria-killing tissue ...more

Tips to Help Seniors and Their Caregivers Prepare for Surgery

As a growing number of the estimated 78 million Baby Boomers transition into their senior years, an increased focus is placed on the health of this important group of Americans. According to the United States Census Bureau, more than 12 percent of the total U.S. population is over age 65  ...more


From Debbie:  I believe that my parents, who have different stages of Alzheimer's, should be allowed to "participate" in anything that involves their care (i.e., who, what, where and when) as well as any and all family conferences in their regard. Unfortunately, there are eight siblings that disagree with this and have excluded our parents, as well their primary caregiver (me) from these family meetings and decision making. A "mediator" is probably needed to help with these issues. I am afraid that this will end up in a "legal" battle among siblings if not sorted out. Our parents have noticed the dissent and tension among their children and that is not good for them. I would greatly appreciate input from other caregivers who have similar issues. Thank you.
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