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December 26, 2013  |  Issue #674  
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From the Editor's Pen Gary Barg • Editor-in-Chief • gary@caregiver.com

Gary Barg
A Holiday Gift

Many caregivers who have attended the Fearless Caregiver Conferences have asked me for a copy of the following story with which I usually open my speeches.  The story is attributed to George Carlin, but he always denied having written it.  Nonetheless, it really speaks to me as a caregiver and hopefully to you as well:

The Paradox of our Time

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees, but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgment; more experts, yet more problems; more medicine, but less wellness  ...more

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Art for Alzheimer's
By Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer

Loved ones with dementia or Alzheimer’s may be struggling from the four “A’s” of the disease – anxiety, agitation, aggression and apathy. Another “A” is a proven way to lessen the other symptoms, while providing a sense of peace and familiarity for loved ones. That is “Art.”  ...more

Caregiver Holiday Special

Soaring Through a Family Meeting
By Jean Wise

Bess’ Alzheimer’s disease has progressed to late stage. She lives with her husband, Don, in a small town. They have four adult children, three of whom live several hours away and one who lives across the country, who are anxious and unsure of what to do as their mother continues to decline. It is time for a family meeting, but where do they start? ...more

Tips to Prevent Senior Scams

There is a ring at the front door and you answer. A kind-hearted gentleman informs you that he has just fixed your neighbor’s roof and he has a lot of material left over. He tells you that your roof is in bad shape and there is a bad storm brewing. He says that your house could get damaged and cost you thousands if you don’t act now. In fact, he will give you a special rate if you pay up front in cash. You don’t want to have a leaky roof and you can’t pass up such a great deal. You agree to have your roof fixed and hand over a large sum of money on the spot. You later find out that nothing is wrong with your roof and you have just been swindled out of thousands  ...more


Caregiver Spirit
By Carrie Laks, MSW

It hits me hard
As I plow along
Like a robot
Feels like I go it alone
The days and nights
Blend into one another
A faint glimpse of joy
Eludes like wind blows a feather
Thanks for sharing the journey
The young and the old
Find refuge and safety
Confidences safe that are told
There is strength in numbers
A trust and a bond
A safe place
People with whom I feel one
I spot the rainbow
Small steps I make
With those at my side
The light glows
Capturing the light
Carrying the torch
I now remember
Starting as a mere glimpse
A promise unfolding
Now the flame is within me
Beauty to share radiantly shines
…The spirit of humankind

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