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Gary Barg, Editor-in-Chief

Gary Barg, Editor-in-Chief

Question: what is the most important skill you need as a fearless and formidable caregiver?  I know some will say it is the ability to communicate your needs with your loved ones, and honestly – that’s a good answer. But that’s not it. Read more

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In a recent visit to a physician’s office, I heard the following conversation transpire between an elderly couple. The husband was a new patient and seemingly hard of hearing, Read more

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In my younger days, early January always  reminded me of early September, mostly because both months signified new beginnings. January, of course, signified the hopes associated with the  turn of the calendar.. Read more

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As the height of the holiday season rapidly approaches, I start to think about one of my all-time favorite holiday movies “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Read more

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One of the (and there are oh so many), challenges we face as family caregivers is that many of the most important resources at our disposal as we care for our loved ones have unfamiliar and difficult names. Read more

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Doctor appointments that must be scheduled; the constant care and attention your love done needs, both physically and emotionally; the back and forth to grocery stores, drug stores, physical therapy sessions and,... Read more

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Let the in-laws share in the cooking details, let your sister have dinner at her place, heck, even order in or go out to a restaurant. Here is a list of principals to ensure a guilt-free holiday. Read more

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Let the in-laws share in the cooking details, let your sister have dinner at her place, heck, even order in or go out to a restaurant. Here is a list of principals to ensure a guilt-free holiday. Read more

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This month we celebrate Veteran's Day in these United States. It is so very fitting that this holiday falls within National Family Caregivers Month. Read more

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Sung to The Addams Family theme music They creep around your house, Ask questions of your spouse, All your plans up they will louse, Your Visiting Family. Read more

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757,555,200 seconds ago (give or take a few seconds),  I picked up the phone in our first office (back room of my parent’s house)  dialed (or pushed buttons, who can remember?) a phone connected to a wall (those under 25, look it up), called a number Read more

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Gramp was an extraordinarily brave and hard-working man.  In 1925, he jumped ship in Baltimore Harbor off a Russian freighter to which he was consigned at the age of 17. Read more

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I received a call from a dear friend of mine, who recently retired from the health care industry.  You could say he was one of my first mentors, when starting out on my journey of caregiver support 25 years ago. He leads a men’s group in the small Read more

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As CEO of Caring for Your Loved Ones, Inc, Fearless Caregivers need to have a wide array of tools and techniques at your disposal.  You may be surprised to know what I believe to be the most important of these tools - Humor. Read more

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Allow me to share my favorite things with my favorite people: 1. Making babies smile 2. The breathtaking feeling of creating something original 3. Honest conversation 4. Ecstatically funny conversation Read more

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Ten years ago this week, I lost someone very important to me. It happened in a flash on a dark highway in rural Minnesota. Read more

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In the midst of yet another hotly contested political season in a severely divided country, it is probably a good thing to stop for a moment and remember one of those few truly terrible days... Read more

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Last week, I was with an amazing group of Fearless Caregivers at the Fayetteville Fearless Caregiver Conference in North Carolina. They were all concerned that I was flying home to South Florida into the jaws of Hurricane Dorian, Read more

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The days after any storm are when so many lives are lost, so I ask our friends in the affected areas to remain vigilant and safe. Read more

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At a recent Fearless Caregiver Conference, so many issues of importance to caregivers were raised that it could take up five columns, but I thought I would touch on one that is surprisingly not mentioned enough by event attendees – anger Read more

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