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 The Experts Speak

One of my favorite things I like to do in this life has little to do with me at all. It is when I am able to facilitate conversation, advice and support between my favorite caregiving experts – family caregivers. This fall, as I travel the country to host Fearless Caregiver Conferences in rural, urban and suburban communities, I know that I am traveling to discover the wisdom that is within each and every family caregiver I will encounter along the way. Every conversation I have with family caregivers is guaranteed to add one extra piece to the caregiving puzzle that I hope to share with you and in the pages of Today's Caregiver magazine. I say all of this because I am awed by the overwhelming support you have offered to the caregiver highlighted in last week’s newsletter. The following is a representative selection of the answers you sent. sounds perfect for this woman and her husband...Continued

Although you do not belong to an organized religion...Continued

The only option that I can think of is to either hire a home health agency...Continued

I can't offer advice or help, but I wanted you to know I have some idea of your situation...Continued

I have provided an assortment of care services for my father for the last 26 years...Continued

I’m an Elder in our church in Ukiah...Continued

This is the most difficult issue to face caregivers...Continued

As I read and print your newsletter every week for our MS support group...Continued

I think this proves without the shadow of a doubt that the only inappropriate question from a caregiver is the unasked one. SO, now your goal is to reach out to the next family caregiver you meet (in the pharmacy line, the doctors waiting room, support groups, hair salon) and ask them the question “What helps you get through the day?” Email me your responses before next Tuesday and I will include them in next week’s newsletter. I think you will be happily surprised at what you will learn from your fellow experts.

Happy Labor Day weekend to all.


Gary Barg

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