For Many Americans, Caregiving a Long-Distance Burden

In this U.S. News & World Report article, Amanda Gardner states that by 2012, an estimated 14 million Americans will be long-distance caregivers, so many that some even have new names: “seagulls” and “pigeons.” These terms refer to family members who alight for short periods of time, make a mess for local caregivers and fly out. What they don’t take into account are the pain, isolation and hassles that long-distance caregivers are dealing with on their own.

“They have unique issues,” said Polly Mazanec, lead author of a paper appearing in a recent issue of Oncology Nursing Forum. Those include financial concerns, since many people are borrowing from savings to travel at a moment’s notice or to arrange child care or pet sitting during their absence, as well as emotional issues such as guilt, worry and anxiety.
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Whole Foods Joins Preventive Healthcare Market

In August, the nation’s largest natural foods chain, Whole Foods, opened Wellness Clubs in five test markets around the country to try out a new concept: a membership program that provides lifestyle evaluations; nutrition, cooking and health classes; and 10% discounts on hundreds of healthy food items. CEO John Mackey’s philosophy appeared in a 2009 op-ed in The Wall Street Journal where he was quoted as saying: “Rather than increase government spending and control, we need to address the root causes of poor health. This begins with the realization that every American adult is responsible for his or her own health.
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