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Thursday October 10, 2013 - Issue #659

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefTelling Stories

This month marks the 22nd anniversary of my dad’s passing. Although many times I am comforted by still being able to hear his voice in my head, I have missed him every day. Everything we have done for and with family caregivers over these past eighteen years came about due to watching how lovingly my mom cared for him and my grandparents into their final days. I know Dad would have been right at home (and probably the center of attention) at our Fearless Caregiver Conferences. 

Dad was a smart, funny and extremely outgoing guy who loved to tell stories; the kind of guy you can sit with and talk about any topic, well into the night. This is one reason why I constantly second guess my hesitance about sitting him in front of a video camera and letting him share himself with future generations of his family. I know why I didn’t do it, but I am still conflicted...read more

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Featured Article

Maintaining Emotional Intimacy
When Your Loved One Is Ill

In our culture, when we discuss intimacy, many people think immediately of sexuality. While sex may be part of an intimate relationship, it in no way encompasses it. When we think of intimacy as only sex it makes it difficult to focus on the other really satisfying parts of human relationships...read more

Guest Column

A Job With Many Benefits
By Arleen M. Kaptur

When the word "caregivers" was penned to include those who reverse roles for someone they love or even for a stranger, the need for understanding is set aside but not forgotten...read more

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The Four R's of Coping
By Helen Hunter, ACSW, LSW, GCM

Reorganize your life. What do you need to focus on at this time?
By reorganizing your life, you can better structure your needs and the needs of others...read more

Sharing Wisdom

From DK

in USA

I get the large size of plastic wrap and place it over containers before applying the lids. Keeps foods fresher and makes opening the lids A LOT EASIER for Mom.

I also use plastic shoe boxes to "organize" items in the refrigerator. It's easy to grab a shoebox and take its contents to the counter with no spilling. Helps a lot since Mom has vertigo and it limits bending. It's a lot safer. Also, nothing gets "stuck” in the back of the refrigerator. One box has veggies, one has meats, another one has desserts, etc.

From Christina

in Alabama

Vets who need a full-time caregiver and vet spouses can qualify for a VA program called Aid and Attendance. No, you don't have to be certified. It is to help pay for the needs and rising cost to vets such as a caregiver living with them. It is added to the check they already receive. You will find information on the Web site http://www.veteranaid.org/ or call your local VA office. They will help you completely.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Telling Stories

Featured Article

Maintaining Emotional Intimacy When Your Loved One Is Ill
Guest Column

A Job With Many Benefits


The Four R's of Coping
Sharing Wisdom


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