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Gary Barg, Editor-in-Chief

Gary Barg, Editor-in-Chief

As a couple, Henry and Grace taught me as much as anyone ever has about living life to the fullest, not in words, but by example.  They were my parents best friends for 40 years and the four of them spent much of their times together laughing. Read more

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Now that the summer is in full swing, it is time to consider how to give a break to the most important person in your loved one’s life – you. Read more

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Twenty four years ago this week on a rainy Fourth of July weekend, I drove a rental truck to a local magazine printer's warehouse to pick up copies of the first issue of Today's Caregiver magazine. Read more

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I always start the Fearless Caregiver Conferences with one of the most important aspects of a family caregiver’s life- Humor.  Humor will get a caregiver through the most challenging situations. Read more

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In 1992, three years before the first issue of Today's Caregiver magazine rolled off the presses, I accompanied my mother to a physician’s office where they were conducting a clinical trial of high cholesterol. Read more

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When my dad became ill in 1990, I would come home to Miami to visit almost every month, but it was not until returning to Florida full-time to help care for my grandparents that I knew what a “black hole” my mom had been living in... Read more

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I have heard a lot recently about a phrase that I really like: Care Partnership. We have always used this phrase mostly in relationship with the family caregiver becoming an equal member of their loved one’s care team. Read more

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This week, I would like to offer a special thanks to our partners who allowed us to host the first annual Tallahassee Fearless Caregiver Conference. Read more

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One of the most interesting things I have learned from speaking with family caregivers around the country over these past 24 years is that, although so many aspects of caregiving are similar no matter what the disease or illness our loved ones faces Read more

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They say ole’ dogs don’t learn new tricks. Which may be certainly be true, but I did learn a new and extremely effective phrase when helping caregivers understand the benefit of joining a support group. Read more

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I have always believed that all family caregivers are volunteers (by definition) and all volunteers are caregivers (by definition and deeds). Read more

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We are celebrating seventeen years of honoring inventors, designers, tinkerers, writers, creators and companies who are working tirelessly on behalf of family caregivers with a call for entries to the 2019 Today's Caregiver Friendly Awards. Read more

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Two weeks ago, I wrote the article, The Caregiver Curmudgeon: Physicians Etiquette Edition about the challenges we face ensuring the healthcare system treats our loved ones with the respect they deserve. Read more

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This week we begin to celebrate Passover and Easter, don our new holiday garb, and do everything for the young ones from hiding the matzah to holding Easter egg rolls, believe it or not, summer is also just around the corner. Read more

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There is nothing like being immersed in today’s healthcare system to bring out the ‘mudgeon in me. Like the comic character, The Hulk, just when I work hardest to keep my curmudgeon-ship at bay, something triggers and big-time. Read more

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With the advent of technology, we caregivers have found so many new and vital tools to help us as we take on the role of being CEO of our Loved Ones Care Inc. Read more

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According to the American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, there are two definitions for the word cur•mudg•eon. Read more

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One of the greatest challenges new family caregivers face is that our preparation to join our loved ones care team is traditionally started with a middle of the night emergency phone call. Read more

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Regular readers of Today’s Caregiver magazine and caregiver.com have heard me discuss the concept of "malinformation" over the past 24 years. Malinformation occurs... Read more

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I stood in the hospital emergency room with my mother, the ER doctor and the social worker. My mother and I brought my 91-year-old grandfather in just a few hours earlier. The next few words spoken by the social worker immediately jerked me back... Read more

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