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Damn Lies and Statistics
Just in time for the launch of Today's Caregiver magazine and's  "Summer of Respite 2007", our sixth annual extravaganza where we talk, share and  celebrate respite with one another throughout the summer, there seems to be much to report about on the Respite front.
We celebrate Jill Kagan and her merry band of Respite Warriors on their successful crusade to get the Lifespan Respite Care Act signed into law late last year. The battle is not yet won since your legislators need to ensure the proper funding of the new law. Please visit their site to find out how your help is still desperately needed.
Also, there seems to be a study out of the UK which talks about the value of respite to caregivers, unfortunately they do not seem to see much. Yet, there are competing studies with differing results that the care experts are debating on discussion lists across the internet, as we speak. As the experts and academics dispute each otherís statistics, I think it would be of great importance for them to hear from the real caregiving experts - family caregivers.

Please help shed some light on this important topic by sharing your stories of what you are doing to achieve respite and how respite has impacted your lives.

My respite story          

Gary Barg

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