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Hi,

My husband asked me what I was today. Since his stroke I spend a lot of time trying to determine which word he's looking for compared to the one that comes out of his mouth. I had him rephrase his question 3 times and it always came out the same so I finally asked him what HE thought I was. He said he didn't know but Bill (his friend) told him I was shaping up into a pretty good caregiver and what was that? I got out the big dictionary and had him look it up. Guess what ? It's not in any of the three dictionaries we have in the house ! Caretaker's in there but not caregiver. By this time Dick had gone on to other things but I was a little miffed at not even being in the dictionary. Now I'm feeling better about it though because I decided the reason they didn't list caregiver is because the definition would fill up SO many pages they'd have to print a special addition just for that one word. Judi
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Well said Judi... you know it wasn't until the past decade or so that the word was actually created.. since people were staying alive longer because of medications and treatments but not necessarily the quality of their life.. thus caregivers... in England and Austrailia they are carers.. there have been discussions that perhaps it should be care partners since each gives and receives in the caring situation.

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