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 The Gift Call

As proof that the Good Lord has a tremendous sense of humor, for the past twelve years, I have celebrated my birthday at an aging event.
I am actually learning a lot at the annual American Society on Aging/National Council on Aging conference, and I am extremely encouraged by the many sessions dedicated to the needs of family caregivers.  It is also a great opportunity to catch up with professionals and advocates who come from across the nation to talk about issues of importance to us as we care for our loved ones.
We are excited that this event is the first place we distributed the new issue of Todayís Caregiver magazine, which includes a cover interview with Gail Sheehy about her new book, Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos into Confidence.   It was a real pleasure to get an update from our January cover interviewee, U.S. Assistant Secretary on Aging Kathy Greenlee.
In my message a few days ago, I spoke of my pain at never again being able to talk with my friendsí daughter, Sara Kaufman, on our shared birthday since she passed away last September. I actually did receive a birthday call from a Ms. Kaufman; not Sara, but her younger sister Daryl. Between tears, Daryl said she read my email and will continue Saraís tradition of calling me on the birthday that I shared with her sister. Besides my dog Morris, who was a gift four years ago, I donít think I have ever received a better birthday gift.    

Gary Barg

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