Choices ~ Healing ~ Love
September 1 2006 Volume 8 Issue #7
Publisher & Editor: Gail R. Mitchell - grm4love

WELCOME
JOURNAL EXERCISE
UPDATES AT THE SITE
CAREGIVERS' CONCERNS
NEWS
INFORMATIVE CAREGIVING ARTICLES & INSPIRATION
MESSAGE BOARDS & EMAIL BAG
JOKES & HUMOR
DISCLAIMER

I just finished glancing through all the spotlights here at the Empowering Caregivers' Site. There is such diversity and yet such commonality in each and everyone's stories. I am always reminded by clients that I am doing God's work. At times, when I may be feeling low, I try to remind myself of this.. yet somehow, deep inside, I know that I must continue for it has been guidance that has taken me to where I am. And it is the same with each of you. You are all doing God's work - even when you don't think you are. Sometimes many of you will tend to diminish the caring you give because other's stories may seem more challenged than your own... but you are no less then the next caregiver.. everyone is doing the work of God.. and you are all very precious gifts... Please continue to share your stories with us. So many readers in the community read silently without outward participation. You would be so surprised at the numbers who read your stories - who learn, heal and grow from them...Thank you to all of you....

The Labor Day weekend is upon us. It still seems as if I closed my eyes and it was the beginning of the New Year. I am not so sure if the time passes more quickly as we age or if it is because there is simply too much to do. I welcome the cooler fresh air. The heat was devastating across the nation and I am sure it is welcomed by all.

The newsletter is full of information... I trust you will find it informative and supportive.

May your journey be gentle and beautiful!
In Love & Light,
Gail

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UPDATES AT THE SITE

National Organization For Empowering Caregivers NOFEC
Sign Up For Your Free Membership
Take Our Caregiver Survey

We invite you to join in our complimentary membership at: Join Us. While you are there, please take a few minutes to fill in our Caregiver Survey. Your input is extremely valuable and we will respect your privacy. Your support in filling in our survey will help us and our funders to study the areas where programming is most needed and where it will be most effective. Survey.

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Are You A Caregiver In New York City?
FIA-NOFEC Volunteer Caregiver's Awareness Program
Offering Free Respite

If you are a family caregiver residing in New York City, please contact us to see if you are eligible for respite provided by our trained volunteers. Through a grant provided by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and additional funding through Marble Collegiate Church and the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, we are now offering respite services to those caregivers residing in our catchment area . For more information or to become a member of our coalition or to volunteer your gift of time, please contact us at 212.807.1204. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Your Stories Are Needed For
Upcoming Spotlights Here At Empowering Caregivers

We are reaching out for new submissions for our Caregiver Spotlights. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to reflect on your experiences as a ; caregiver to your loved one; to evaluate what works, what doesn't and how you have shifted and transformed your roles into more meaningful experiences for yourself and for the loved one you are caring for. Writing about your situation can be so cathartic - and it helps you to see the bigger picture in doing so. Don't be shy... you don't need to be an expert at writing... no need to worry about the grammar or spelling... our editors will assist you.

So many caregivers from around the world read the spotlights. It is through the sharing that they can relate and heal their own roles as caregivers. If you are interested please email us at E.C. Thank you,...

Search With Goodsearch.com
Your Hits Help To Raise Funds For NOFEC

There is a new search engine called Goodsearch.com, powered by Google, that allows users to search the web and raise money for the charity of their choice at the same time.

How It Works: Go to Goodsearch.com and designate National Organization For Empowering Caregivers, NOFEC as the charity you wish to support. Then search the web as you would with any other search engine.

Revenue is generated by the advertising companies on the results pages. This money is then shared 50/50 with the designated charity. So the next time you need to do an online search, make it a Goodsearch and help raise money for NOFEC.

Thanks to NOFEC's new partnership with Goodsearch.com, raising money to help us to continue to serve caregivers on and off line is literally a mouse click away. Log onto www.goodsearch.com a new search engine and type in National Organization For Empowering Caregivers into the "I support box.". Each time you search on the engine, NOFEC will receive a donation each time you search the web using Goodsearch.com

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Caregiver of the Month Spotlight
September 2006

NEW CAREGIVING ARTICLES AT THE SITE

If you are interested in submitting an article(s) please go to: Submit. You will find a form for submitting your article, bio/profile, copyright permissions, etc. Please review our guidelines for acceptance, submit and we will notify you upon acceptance.

Avoiding Caregiver Burnout - by Beth Witrogen McLeod
Caregivers may have been trained how to give an injection, but they have no one to help them deal with the strain of the illness itself. Most people don't have a clue they're burned out until they're in crisis..
Article:

You've Got to Believe Me by Alan Cohen
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nspirational article that gives examples of people who do not try to control anyone or anything, but simply do things from the heart to achieve the desired outcome. Alan Cohen teaches us to realize that anything that happens in our lives is helpful. Article.

Once a Caregiver, Always a Caregiver for the Rest of Your Lifeb by Gema G. Hernàndez
The author shares her experience in care giving, which began with her parents. She discusses her many challenges and insights as a caregiver which changed her outlook in life. Article

Trips Your Loved One Should Never Take by Mary C. Fridley RN, BC
This article covers in home safety issues, particularly falls. It helps explain how to modify the home for disabled and elderly. This includes how to unclutter the home, the use of lighting, safety equipment, walking aides and such. Article.

Home Safety by Dale Adams
Home Safety focuses on prevention and offers a detailed plan to make every room in your home safe for your elderly family members. It offers unique information that includes home security tips, energy conservation and ergonomics. Article

Alzheimer's by Angelica White,
The author discusses the images we have of how our parents are supposed to be and how we must heal the emotions by going within and looking at the issues of fear that we face along with the fears others connected to our loved one may be facing.
Article

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PASSAGES

In Memory of Tony Gaglio August 9th.

I would like to announce the arrival of Heaven's newest angel......Tony Gaglio, who left this earth very early this morning. He has entered Heaven's Pearly Gates, never more to suffer from earthly pain....I just wanted to let everyone who was so kind, and thoughtful, to know that Tony passed away, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2006, at 2:40 am. It was not the way i imagined it would be. Tony got his wishes, that I would be the last person he would see on this earth, and I thank God, that I was able to keep that promise: to keep him at home and in his bed until the end.

I want to thank everyone here who responded to my messages, and everyone who emailed me. I will remain with this site, and i will answer all when i am able to. God Bless each and every one of you. Teresa

A Soulmate Transitions on Aug 25th

A very brief note.... My lovely man, Cyril left us tonight after a difficult week but he was still at home.... and his passing was in the end so gentle. He is still here and I will look after that in the morning. I am numb, after so many years this feels unreal. My heart overflows with love. Thank you all for the support that gave us so much strength. Alison

Teresa and Alison, you are both in our prayers for a gentle and nurturing healing during this time...

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CAREGIVER CONCERNS

Our Natural Inherent Healing Compassion For Others

In this troubled world today, we tend to lose our identity, particularly when we are faced with caring for our loved ones. Most of us have been caring throughout our lives, never questioning it, but just doing it from our hearts and from within naturally with compassion.

So why is it that as caregivers, we begin to doubt our infinite wisdom, our inner gifts that we have shared up until we are defined by our roles in caring for another that we are unable to trust and care as we have done all along? The beautiful, soulful gifts we were born with become muddled by our fears: the fears that we are not capable, that we are not whole, that we don't know how to do things. Empowering Caregivers is a place where we all can remind each other who we are: Our kindness, love and compassion are there to transform ourselves and our loved ones.

The intimacy of caring for another is a gift. Don't ever lose sight of it.

For those who are struggling with challenges in caring for a family member who has been abusive, a relationship where there is dysfunction, resentment, and many other painful painful emotions where it is difficult to heal and move into forgiveness, this time cmay serve as an aopportunity finally work through it so that you are free to come from a more compassionate place of understanding. For many, this may be impossible and it is equally important to remember that you have choices in any given moment. It is important that you seek out the professional resources to help you to do so. Life is short. Don't put off living more fully any longer... If you are a caregiver, this is a time for opening your heart...

Gail Mitchell
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Five Questions Cancer Patients May Not Know
To Ask Their Oncologist

An estimated 10 million Americans alive today have faced a cancer diagnosis. Fortunately, advances in cancer care and treatment have dramatically improved survival rates and overall quality of life. That improvement is largely due to patients who are taking an active role in their cancer treatment. The next step is to find out how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and properly care for your entire body.

"Many patients focus on questions about their cancer treatment, so they often don't think about other facets of their disease," said Dr. G. David Roodman, Director of Myeloma Program, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and Director of Bone Biology Center, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center."One important consideration that is often overlooked is the impact of cancer on the bone, which may lead to fractures and can be debilitating. When faced with cancer, it is important to remember that no question is inappropriate."

Here are five questions cancer patients may not know to ask their oncologist:

1. Will cancer and its treatment affect other parts of my body?

Several of the most common types of cancer (e.g., breast, lung, prostate and kidney) can spread from the original tumor site to invade the bone, a process known as bone metastasis. Multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cell, can also progress to the bone. It is important that you visit your oncologist to conduct a full medical examination to determine if your cancer has metastasized and learn how you can take action to protect your bones.

2. Should I be concerned about other medical conditions such as diabetes or heart disease and their impact on cancer?

Preexisting medical conditions put you at higher risk for developing complications throughout your cancer treatment. It is important you speak with the doctor who has been overseeing your condition as well as your oncologist to determine the most appropriate treatment option.

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Do I still need to see my other healthcare professionals (primary care physician, gynecologist, dentist) since I am under the care of my oncologist?

It is extremely important that you visit your other healthcare providers to ensure you are not neglecting other potential health problems. It is crucial to talk about your cancer diagnosis and treatment with your other doctors, as they make up your overall healthcare team.

4. How can I maintain intimacy with my partner after my cancer diagnosis?

While some people experience little or no change in their sexual desire and energy level, others find that their sexual interest declines due to the physical and emotional stress of having cancer and undergoing treatment. Just as it is important to speak with your doctor about the side effects of treatment, you must speak with your partner about your feelings and concerns so the two of you can work through it together and find ways to attend to this important part of your life.

5. Are there certain foods or drinks I should be sure to include in my diet as a result of my cancer or the treatments I am receiving?

In order to maintain the best possible health, cancer patients need to exercise and eat a healthy diet. Talk to your doctor about creating a customized exercise and diet plan—and stick to it.

or more information, visit www.FiveCancerQuestions.com, an informative website that provides education to patients and their families about the impact of cancer and cancer treatments on their bones.

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IMPORTANT NEWS

NEW! Get Answers to Your Medicare Questions with Medicare Interactive (MI), your one-stop source for information about health care rights, options and benefits. Click here for details.

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The New Rules for Changing Medicare Health Plans

Whether you are thinking about joining a Medicare Private Health Plan (like an HMO or PPO), going back to Original Medicare or switching to a different private health plan, there are some new rules you should know. Beginning this year, 2006, you can only sign up for or change your Medicare health plan at certain times during the year. This new limitation on when you can change is called "lock-in."

There are now two periods during the year when anyone with Medicare can change their choice of health plan. They are called the Annual Coordinated Election Period (ACEP) and the Open Enrollment Period (OEP). The ACEP starts each year on November 15 and runs through December 31. In 2007 and beyond, the OEP runs from January 1 through March 31 (this year it ran from January 1 to June 30).

During the ACEP, you can make any change you would like in your Medicare health and drug coverage. You can switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare private health plan or vice versa, or from one Medicare private health plan to another. You can choose whether to sign up for or drop Medicare drug coverage (Part D). During the OEP you can change your choice of Medicare health coverage, but you can not change your choice of enrolling in the Medicare drug benefit. If you are in a Medicare private health plan with drug coverage as part of its benefits package, you can switch to another Medicare private health plan that also has drug coverage. If you are in a Medicare private health plan with drug coverage and want to go back to Original Medicare, you have to enroll in a stand alone drug plan (so you will continue to have drug coverage). If you are in Original Medicare and have a Medicare private standalone drug plan, you cannot use this period to switch to another standalone plan because this would not be a health plan change (it would be only a drug coverage change). You also cannot sign up for Medicare drug coverage for the first time or drop drug coverage during the OEP.

Under certain circumstances, you may get a Special Enrollment Period to change health or drug plans, for example if you move out of your plan's service area, or the company that offers your plan stops offering that benefits package.

Before joining any Medicare private health plan, make sure that the doctors, hospitals and pharmacies you prefer are in the plan's network. Private health plans will only pay for you to receive services offered by in-network providers. It is also important to remember that Medicare private health plans can change their rules and providers throughout the year. Watch for any information about changes from your plan, and if it no longer fits your needs make sure that you make a change during the next enrollment period that allows the change you need.

For more information on how to make changes to your insurance, find Medicare Private Health Plans in your area or explore other options, log on to Medicare Interactive at National Organization for Empowering Caregivers' website at www.medicareinteractive.org/nofec. This internet resource is provided by the Medicare Rights Center, the largest independent source of health care information and assistance in the United States for people with Medicare. MedicareRights.org

Save The Date!
2006 National Long Term Care Symposium:
Impact on Women, Family Caregiving, Wellness
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
8:30a.m. to 12 noon
Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC

You are invited to attend and participate in a "town hall" forum discussing Long Term Care and why it is becoming a top public policy priority. Join elected representatives, political pollsters, industry reporters, business leaders, and advocates in a wide-ranging debate on this important issue.

In just a few years, 78 million Baby Boomers will begin retiring. Current care provided by family members or friends is estimated to be $306 billion per year. The program intends to cover these important issues that are defining what long term care is..

  • What is Long Term Care (LTC)?
  • How much does Long Term Care cost?
  • Are Americans adequately planning for their Long Term Care?
  • Why is this a Women's Issue?
  • What benefits can employers offer their employees?
  • What can Congress and the government really do?

Attendance is free but RSVP is mandatory as space is limited. To reserve your place, please RSVP as soon as possible but no later than September 12th to LTCsymposium@clsdc.com with "Long Term Care Symposium" in the subject line.

The Wellness Community. Org
Cancer Support, Education and Hope.

The Wellness Community (TWC) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to providing support, education and hope for all people affected by cancer - at no cost. Today, there are 21 Wellness Communities across the United States. If you are a person living with cancer, a caregiver or a health care professional seeking support or education, please visit The Virtual Wellness Community.

There are support groups online, resources, and booklets etc, provided free to you both online and in the mail. Booklets on Cancer Treatment: Taking Control of Side Effects With Medicine, Mind and Body, Lung Cancer, Living with Ovarian Cancer, Lymphoma, Small Cell Lung Cancer, Cancer Clinical Trials, New Discoveries in Cancer, Cancer Vaccines, Colorectal Cancer and more.. Request them online or call: 888.793.9355.

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Planning and Coordinating Care for People with Alzheimer's Disease
Do you care for or work with someone in the early stages of Alzheimer's?
Each Thursday in September 2006, 1–:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST

FREE educational web seminar presented by the Medicare Rights Center

Please register online at New Web Seminar: for "Planning and Coordinating Care for People with Alzheimer's Disease" at www.medicareRights.org. Caregivers and health care professionals are invited to join this FREE educational web seminar presented by the Medicare Rights.

This informative web seminar will provide you with the tools you need to help loved ones and clients in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. During the presentation, you will learn about:

  • Advance Directives: How to designate someone to make health care and financial decisions for you if you cannot.
  • Long-Term Care: Planning, coordinating and paying for these services.
  • Medicare-covered services: What Medicare covers and your rights and protections as a person with Medicare and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • When: This seminar will be presented each Thursday in September 2006, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST to register go to: www.medicarerights.org/webseminar.html

All you need is an Internet connection and a phone. You will be viewing the graphic portion of the presentation over the Internet and listening to the audio portion via a toll-free phone line.

Can't make these trainings? Stay tuned to hear about opportunities to participate in the future. For further information, call: 800-333-4114 between 9 a.m. and 1p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

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Caregiver Expo
Saturday September 30th
Penn Plaza Pavilion
New York City

The expo brings together the latest resources products and offerings for the caregiving community. A one stop shop for caregiving best practices and know-how. Admission is free for all. www.caregiverexpo.com

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Pan American Conference on Family Caregiving

November 29 – December 1, 2006
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables - Miami, FL

This event will be a unique opportunity to share best practices and lessons learned in creating programs to assist family caregivers both in the US and in developing nations. Eight Latin American countries – Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru will participate in the conference, which will include panel discussions on Hispanic caregiver programs, an international view of caregiving policy and program development, and roundtables on such topics as working with the media, conducting outreach to Hispanic populations and developing Alzheimer's support groups. If you have questions now or would like us to send this email and future information about the conference to others, please contact Aileen Worrell from National Alliance for Caregiving at: aileen@caregiving.org.

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Conscious Aging in Albuquerque
September 9-10,
“Reaping the Harvest of a Lifetime: The Path of the Sage.”

The workshop will provide a new way of looking at one’s elder years as a time of growth and development, of joy and fulfillment, and of spiritual growth and giving back, that may be the very best years of your life.A flyer for the workshop with additional information is attached. If you or others you know may be interested in attending or have any questions, please call Gary Carlson at 505.897-1850.

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Save The Date!
Caring Coalition of Metro NY Presents
Your Life, Your Choices... What You Can Do...
October 31st in NYC 10am - 11:30am
Topic: From Cruzan to Schiavo - What Have We Learned?
With Keynote Speaker : Bill Colby

For more information call Alison Kestenbaum at: 212. 836.1673. This event is sponsored by the Caring Coalition of Meto NY. www.caringcoalitionmetrony.org.

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Jewish Home & Hospital Lifecare System
Fifth International Palliative Care in the 21st Century Conference
Wednesday, November, 15, 2006, a
t Columbia University.

Social Work Clinical Best Practices in Long-Term Care conferences. The first SW program is going to be held on September 14 at The Jewish Home & Hospital Lifecare System, Manhattan Division; and the second is going to be held later this year on December 7, also at The Jewish Home & Hospital Lifecare System, Sarah Neuman Center for Healthcare and Rehabilitation, Westchester Division. There is also a half-day

Best Practices in Intergenerational Programming: Engaging Seniors and Teens symposium to be offered on Thursday, October 26, 2006, at The Jewish Home & Hospital, Manhattan Division. Continuing Education Units (CEU) for Administrators, Social Workers, Nurses, Case Managers, Dietitians and Recreation Therapists will be awarded. To view, print the program agenda and register online, please either visit www.lifecareinstitute.org/public. You can also view and print the program agenda and registration form (second page) by clicking on the links below:

If you have any question, please call (212) 870-4762 and speak with Naim Gribaa

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The Partnership for Prescription Assistance

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance brings together America's pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that's right for them. Many will get them free or nearly free. Among the organizations collaborating on this program are the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, the Lupus Foundation of America, the NAACP, the National Alliance for Hispanic Health and the National Medical Association. To access the Partnership for Prescription Assistance by phone, you can call toll-free, 1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669).

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Help for Those in Need

Many people have difficulty affording health care, including prescription medicines. A number of patient assistance programs provide help to patients who lack prescription drug coverage and earn less than 200% of the federal poverty level (approximately $19,000 for an individual or $32,000 for a family of three).*

In 2003, more than 29 million people in the United States make less than 200% of the federal poverty level and have no health insurance.

https://www.pparx.org/ViewCompanies.php

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Alert from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

This week, CMS announced the publication of an Extra Help/Low Income Seniors (LIS) Outreach Toolkit. The outreach and education initiatives outlined in this plan are designed to identify all remaining likely LIS eligible beneficiaries who have not yet applied for the LIS or joined a plan; ensure that these beneficiaries complete the LIS application process; and encourage them to make an active choice of Medicare drug plans. CMS will strive to coordinate to the fullest extent possible with relevant federal, state and local partners to maximize the effectiveness and return on investment of all outreach efforts.

There is a Special Enrollment Period for people who qualify for the LIS. Those who qualify will be able to join a Medicare drug plan immediately without paying a penalty, and will not have to wait for the next open enrollment period. The enrollment period for people who qualify for the LIS began on May 16 and will continue through November 15, 2006.

If you think you may qualify, we encourage you to look into it. You might also want to mention it to friends and family whom you think could benefit.

The Toolkit is available at the following website address: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/center/partner.asp Or call: Medicare 1-800- 633-4227 and Social Security 1-800-772-0778

When you will have an SEP, how long it will last, and when your new drug coverage will begin depends on your circumstances. Log on to Medicare Interactive at National Organization for Empowering Caregivers' website at www.medicareinteractive.org/nofec to read more about qualifying for a SEP, to read tips on applying for Extra Help and choosing a Medicare drug plan. You can also find up to date information on penalties and which ones will apply to you. This internet resource is provided by the Medicare Rights Center, the largest independent source of health care information and assistance in the United States for people with Medicare.

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Alzheimer's Association Launches New Web Tool
Care Options for Families

The Alzheimer's Association has developed a new Web tool to help individuals and family caregivers find care options ranging from home and community-based care to assisted living and nursing home care. The tool allows users to input personalized information, special needs, abilities and preferences, and receive a customized summary report with care recommendations and specific questions to ask potential care providers. For more information, visit: Alzheimer's Association CareFinder

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National Family Caregiver Support Program

The National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) has been reauthorized again.Changes to NFCSP:

1) Currently up to 10% of NFCSP funds can be used to provide caregiver support services to grandparents or other relatives caring for a child under 18. The definition of child has been expanded to include adult children with a disability. The age at which grandparents or other individuals caring for a child or an adult child with a disability was lowered from age 60 to 55.

2) The current definition of family caregiver, "an adult family member or another individual who is an informal provider of in-home and community care to an older individual," was expanded by adding at the end "or an individual with Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder with neurological and organic brain dysfunction."

3) The section on use of volunteers was expanded to encourage the use of trained volunteers to provide core services and to coordinate with other volunteer programs to expand available services.

4) Under "reporting requirements," the state must now report on any mechanism used in the State to provide family caregivers of an older individual and relative caregiver of a child or an adult child with a disability, information about and access to various services so that caregivers can better carry out their care responsibilities.

5) Under Activities of National Significance, AOA is expanding their reach by adding new research areas, including programs providing support and information to families who have a child with a disability or chronic illness and to other families in need of such family support programs.

Family Caregivers Alliance.
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NQCC Releases New Caregiving Report

The National Quality Caregiving Coalition of the Rosalynn Carter Institute has released Caregiving: A National Profile and Assessment of Caregiver Services and Needs. The study looked at the services that exist and those that are needed by caregivers at national and state levels, and analyzed caregiving prevalence nationally among target populations (populations targeted by age, race, or gender). Using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), the researchers found overall caregiver stress levels to be high nationally, but found regional and state level differences in other areas such as number of caregivers by state, caregiver coping strategies, and the needs of caregivers. The report is available online at www.RosalynnCarter.org.

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Citizen's Healthcare Poll

Your opinions matter! Answer these on-line questions today and help shape the recommendations we send to Congress and the President. Join thousands of Americans who have told us what they want. Questionaire:

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Leeza Gibbons on Walgreens Health Corner TV

Explore Caregiver topics with Leeza on Walgreens Health Corner TV, a show which explores today's most important health and family issues with America's top medical experts discussing the latest information, treatment and research. Health Corner Television airs on the Lifetime Channel, Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. EST (website www.healthcornertv.com.

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September National Health Care Observances

Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness Month
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
1311 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
(800) 955-4572
(
914) 821-8806
914) 821-3607 Fax
infocenter@leukemia-lymphoma.org
www.lls.org

Healthy Aging Month
Educational Television Network, Inc.
P.O. Box 442
Unionville, PA 19375
(610) 793-0979
info@healthyaging.net
www.healthyaging.net

National Sickle Cell Month
Sickle Cell Disease Assoc. of America, Inc.
231 East Baltimore Street, 8th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
(
800) 421-8453
(410) 528-1555
scdaa@sicklecelldisease.org
www.SickleCellDisease.org

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
500 NE Spanish River Boulevard, Suite 8
Boca Raton, FL 33431
(
888) OVARIAN
(561) 393-0005
nocc@ovarian.org
www.ovarian.org

Sports and Home Eye Safety Month
Prevent Blindness America
211 West Wacker Drive, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60606
(800) 331-2020
info@preventblindness.org
www.preventblindness.org

Childhood Cancer Month
Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation
3910 Warner Street
Kensington, MD 20895
(301) 962-3520
(
301) 962-3521 Fax
info@candlelighters.org
candlelighters.org

National Rehabilitation Awareness National Rehabilitation Awareness Foundation
475 Morgan Highway
Scranton, PA 18501-0071
(800) 943-6723
(
570) 341-4637
(570) 341-4331 Fax
jbrogn@allied-services.org
www.nraf-rehabnet.org

National Cholesterol Education Month
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Health Information Center

P.O. Box 30105
Bethesda, MD 20824-0105
(301) 592-8573
(
240) 629-3426 Fax
nhlbiinfo@nhlbi.nih.gov
hin.nhlbi.nih.gov/cholmonth

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
National Prostate Cancer Coalition
1154 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
(888) 245-9455
(202) 463-9455
info@pcacoalition.org
www.pcacoalition.org

National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
Office of the Director, Consumer Affairs
1 Choke Cherry Road, 2nd Floor
Rockville, MD 20857
(800) 729-6686
(240) 276-2750
info@samhsa.gov
www.recoverymonth.gov

National Pain Awareness Month
National Pain Foundation
Partners for Understanding Pain
P.O. Box 850
Rocklin, CA 95677
(800) 533-3231
acpa@pacbell.net
www.understandingpain.org

STOP A Suicide Today Day
Screening For Mental Health
1 Washington Street, Suite 304
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
(781) 239-0071
(781) 431-7447 Fax
spigeon@mentalhealthscreening.org
www.stopasuicide.org

World Suicide Prevention Day
I
ASP (International Association for Suicide Prevention)
Screening for Mental Health, Inc.
1 Washington Street, Suite 304
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
(781) 239-0071
(781) 431-7447 Fax
i
nfo@mentalhealthscreening.org
www.stopasuicide.org

World Heart Day Sept 24th
World Heart Federation
2810 Crossroads Drive, Suite 3800
Madison, WI 53718
(608) 443-2468 x 138
(608) 443-2474 Fax
srees@reesgroupinc.com
www.worldhealthday.com



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INFORMATIVE CAREGIVING ARTICLES & INSPIRATION

Quotes

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.
Amelia Earhart

The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.
Anna Quindlen

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
Anatole France

Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.
James Bryant Conant

If you haven't forgiven yourself something, how can you forgive others?
Dolores Huerta

Failure seldom stops you. What stops you is the fear of failure.
Jack Lemmon

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.
Carl Jung

You miss 100% of the shots you never take.
Wayne Gretsky

Courage is very important. Like a muscle, it is strengthened by use.
Ruth Gordon

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
Aristotle
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GOD'S LIGHT

When I saw God's light the first time, my fears all disappeared
I knew, as you had always told me, that the Lord was truly near
I had no reason to worry, no need to resonate
With unseen hands to guide me, I rested in my fate

God Himself had visited, when I lay upon my bed
He confirmed what I believed by everything He said
He showed me places yet to be, where I would one day stand
Now, the dawn has risen and He holds out His hand

To me, where I will know great peace of mind
Within God's Heaven, pure beauty to find
Without a body, broken down and worn out
My spirit thrives and moves freely about

Don't spend your days caught up in grief
Believe what I say and accept God's relief
I knew this day would return, and readied, I'd be
I've gone Home to my Maker. I'm completely free

Please know that I love you, both, more deeply because
My spirit isn't bound and I experience God's love
Know always the importance you played in my life
And that I responded, when God sent forth His light'.

c) 2006 Dorothy Womack
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Connection To The Quantum Field

"My prediction is that we will see ourselves more and more connected to the quantum field, not physically but through the mind. This "mind field" is invisible and universal; it encompasses all living things; it weaves the fabric of nature. As our prejudice in favor of solid, concrete things fade away, certain fringe phenomena will become everyday. Healing without touch will be legitimized, since the human body can be altered by altering the field. Telepathy and clairvoyance will seem ordinary, since time and distance are compressed to a single point in the field; Intuition and epiphanies will be explained as subtle field interactions.

"The best outcome would be that wisdom will reemerge as a vital human capacity, for there is no doubt that our spiritual forebears were deeply in touch with the same invisible reality that still surrounds us. We have shut out that reality in our stubborn, rigid insistence on believing our senses, but seeing with the eyes of the soul is possible. In the end, a new humanity is also possible once we escape the prison we have sentenced ourselves to for far too long. The so-called sixth sense isn't a separate sense at all, but a new opening for human evolution with unlimited possibilities."

Deepak Chopra, "Forbes" magazine

MESSAGE BOARDS & EMAIL BAG

JOKES & HUMOR

A.A.A.D.D.
Age-Activated Attention Deficit Disease

Recently, I was diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D. - Age-Activated Attention Deficit Disorder. This is how it manifested itself:

I decided to wash my car. As I started toward the garage, I noticed that there was mail on the hall table. I decided to go through the mail before I washed the car. I lay my car keys down on the table, put the junk mail in the trash can under the table, and noticed that the trash can was full.

So, I decided to put the bills back on the table and take out the trash first, but then I thought, since I'm going to be near the mailbox when I take out the trash anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.

I took my checkbook off the table, and saw that there was only one check left. My extra checks were in my desk in the study, so I went to my desk where I found the can of Coke that I had been drinking.

I was going to look for my checks, but first I needed to push the Coke aside so that I dodn't accidentally knock it over. I saw that the Coke was getting warm and, I decided I
should put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

As I headed towards the kitchen with the coke a vase of flowers on the counter caught my eye -- they need to be watered. So, I set the Coke down on the counter, and I discovered my reading glasses. I had been searching for them allmorning. I decided I'd better put them back on my desk, but first I'm was going to water the flowers. I set the glasses back down on the counter, filled a container with water and suddenly I spotted the TV remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table. I realized that tonight when we go to watch TV, we will be looking for the remote, but nobody will remember that it' was on the kitchen table.

I decided to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I'd water the flowers. I splashed some water on the flowers, but most of it spilled on the floor. I set the remote back down on the table, went to get some towels and wiped up the spill. Then I headed down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.

At the end of the day: the car wasn't washed, the bills weren't paid, there was a warm can of Coke sitting on the counter, the flowers weren't watered, there was still only one check in my checkbook, I couldn' t find the remote, I couldn' t find my glasses, and I don't remember what I did with the car keys.

Then when I tried to figure out why nothing got done today, I was really baffled because I know I was busy all day long, and I was really tired. I realized that this was ia serious problem, and I would try to get some help for it, but first I would check my e-mail.

Do me a favor, will you? Forward this message to everyone you know, because I don't remember to whom it has been sent. Don't laugh -- if this isn't you yet, your day is coming! And if I have sent this to you before, ... well, now you know why you're getting it again.

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