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August 21, 2014
Issue #742

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From the Editor's Pen Gary Barg • Editor-in-Chief • gary@caregiver.com

Gary Barg

You Just Gotta Laugh...

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore have proven that laughter is linked to healthy function of blood vessels. Laughter appears to cause the tissue that forms the inner lining of blood vessels, the endothelium, to dilate or expand in order to increase blood flow.

When the same group of study volunteers was shown a movie that produced mental stress, their blood vessel lining developed a potentially unhealthy response called vasoconstriction, reducing blood flow. That finding confirms previous studies, which suggested there was a link between mental stress and the narrowing of blood vessels.

Well there it is, folks, proof positive that laughter is good medicine. Some say it may even be the best medicine  ...more

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Planning A Future Together
By Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer

With every passing month, our loved ones have ups and downs in their health profile. During the down times, we think about how the future can be managed when those we care for cannot provide any input. The questions and concerns stick to the roof of our mouths, unsaid  ...more

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The Blues: A Wellspring of Peace
By Dr. Marie DiCowden

How many times have you had "the blues?" Feeling blue or down is often the result of a combination of things: physical and emotional fatigue, a sense of loss or hopelessness that things will never change. Being a caregiver often requires days and nights of intense giving that leave a person feeling depleted and having a case of the "the blues"  ...more

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Fearless Caregiver Personality Inventory

On a scale of 1-5, score with 1 being the least and 5 being the most.

I find it easy to convey my feelings to:

  • Other family members (1-5)

  • Doctors (1-5)

  • The loved one I am caring for (1-5) ...more

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A Tribute to Grandparents Raising Their Grandchildren
By Rolanda T. Pyle

We would like to celebrate you for all you’ve done. For caring for your granddaughter and your grandson. You took on this awesome task that no one else could do, because no one loves and cares for your grandchild quite like you.
You had the courage to start all over again. Raising your grandchildren at an age when you thought you might retire, travel and rest. But the children needed caregivers, and they needed the best.
Some came to you in pampers and most in tears needing nurturing and someone who cares. Others came as toddlers, exploring the world on the run. You couldn’t believe this happened - after you thought that you were done  ...more

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