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December 17, 2013  |  Issue #671  
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From the Editor's Pen Gary Barg • Editor-in-Chief • gary@caregiver.com

Gary Barg
The Jill Kagan Interview

Gary Barg:   Jill, tell me what an ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center is and why respite is so important to family caregivers. 

Jill Kagan:   First of all, we believe respite is so important to family caregivers because of the tremendous work they are constantly doing, as ongoing caregivers. Many of them, as you know, work 24/7 and often do not even have the opportunity to go to church, to take care of themselves by going to their own physician, doing things that they enjoy doing so that they can continue to provide that care to their loved ones. ARCH has been around since the early 1990s to help educate the public and policymakers about the importance of respite and why it is so central to their well-being and their quality of life. We are currently providing training and technical assistance to State Lifespan Respite Programs, which are federally-funded systems of coordinated respite services. We hope it will make it easier for family caregivers to access the respite that they need. 
Gary Barg:   When we say respite, it is one of those wonderful words that are so important to family caregivers; but what is entailed? What do you consider appropriate respite family care?  ...more

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Stress and the Holidays:
Coping Strategies to Keep You Sane
By Helen Hunter, ACSW, CMSW

Every year, the media bombards us with advertisements showing the “happy family” gathering for the holidays. People from different generations are together, having a wonderful time, sharing traditions of old and creating new ones as well.

It is not that way, though, for a great number of individuals. For those who don’t have families of their own, or for those who live alone and have relatives living far away, holidays often bring heartbreak and depression  ...more

Caregiver Holiday Special

CDC\AMANDA MILLSWhat is an Annual Wellness Visit
and Why is it Important?
By Charles Smith, RN, BSN

If you are 65 years or older, if you have loved ones who are, you may have heard about Medicare’s new, free benefit called the Annual Wellness Visit. Because this benefit is so new, there is some confusion about what it is and why it is important ...more

Flu Tips for Caregivers

When caring for people who have the flu:

  •  Avoid being face to face with the sick person. If possible, it is best to spend the least amount of time in close contact with a sick person.

  • When holding sick children, place their chin on your shoulder so they will not cough in your face.

  • Wash your hands often and the right way. Sing the “Happy Birthday” song two times or count slowly to 20 as you wash   ...more


From Marilyn:  What rights do a I have as a live-in caregiver for my parent? Do I have a right to privacy from siblings who visit unannounced? I feel I get no respect from them and their adult children who criticize me and get downright aggressive. Any suggestions would be very helpful.

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