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No More Sleepless Nights - Really  •  October 23, 2014  •  Issue #760

Today's Caregiver eNewsletter



Gary Barg, Editor-in-Chief

By the time I get to Phoenix...


...I will have already been in Mystic, CT (no pizza jokes, please), Birmingham, AL, New Haven, CT and then of course, Phoenix, AZ, and the year ain’t nearly over yet. Other than the TSA Tango, grumpy passengers, ever-shrinking leg room and various other insults of traveling, I truly love spending time with folks at our Fearless Caregiver Conferences throughout the country. The shared wisdom, answered questions, enthusiasm, camaraderie, laughs and even tears make it worth even swilling the airline coffee.

Last week in Fort Lauderdale, a gentleman named Roland stood up and had the entire audience spellbound as he recounted his mother’s passing just days before the conference. He shared how he finally understood his dad’s pronouncement to take care of his mom, many years before she ever started showing signs of the Alzheimer’s disease with which she would be diagnosed. I know that Roland is grieving, but he said that he felt he had to be with us last week as his mom never missed a Fearless Caregiver Conference in her hometown of Fort Lauderdale since we hosted the very first one there late in the last century ...more




By the time I get to Phoenix...

Not Another Sleepless Night

One Foot, Other Foot

Recovery Room Kit

Sharing Wisdom



Not Another Sleepless Night

By Jennifer Buckley

A typical day for a caregiver might include on-the-job stress in the morning, a rush to a doctor’s appointment for your mother at lunchtime and battling bottle necked traffic in the evening only to come home and figure out what to cook everyone for dinner. By this time, your muscles feel achy and you crave the comfort and security of your bed, but when it’s time to turn in, once again you can’t fall asleep ...more



One Foot, Other Foot

By Terri Corcoran

“One foot, other foot,/One foot, other foot,/Now you can go/Wherever you want…” Those lyrics from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Allegro often come into my head as I am helping my husband walk. My husband Vince has a genetic disorder called Fragile X-Associated Tremor Ataxia Syndrome (FXTAS) which, over the past five years, has been robbing him of his ability to walk and think ...more



Recovery Room Kit

By Hana Kim

Three years ago, my mom underwent major surgery to remove a brain tumor. The day of her surgery felt like the longest day of my life. Because she didn’t have any family members in the area, I was going to be her primary caregiver. She worried how I would be able to handle things by myself. It was an emotionally draining experience, but I had prepared myself for the long wait ...more


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From Alice:

Always allow the recipient of care to do as much as he can by himself. This encourages his confidence and independence.

From Callie:

I am a single, only child caring for my two parents. Many have asked me what they can do to help. The people who have helped me the most are those who have acknowledged that this situation can't be fixed. They acknowledge my pain. They don't try to offer me a silver lining. They simply love me.


The best ideas and solutions for taking care of your loved one often come from other caregivers. Please post your ideas and insights and we will share them with your fellow caregivers.

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