Published: Jan 22, 2013 07:00 PM
Modified: Jan 20, 2013 03:13 PM
As our population of elders steadily increases, more of us are taking care of our loved ones as they age. Though caregiving can be satisfying and rewarding, it may also exact a tremendous toll on caregivers’ health and well-being.
For over 20 years, Charles House Association has provided compassionate personalized care to elders and respite for their caregiving families through the Charles House Daytime Eldercare Center in Carrboro and the Charles House Eldercare Home in Chapel Hill.
Now Charles House Association and the UNC Division of Geriatric Medicine are sponsoring a new Caregivers’ Support Group. Beginning today, Jan. 23, the group will meet the fourth Wednesday of each month, from 12:30 to 1:30 at the UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont.
The stress of caregiving is significant. We hope to help caregivers find comfort in being with others who truly understand the issues, frustrations, sorrows, and joys of caregiving. Paul Klever
Charles House Tougher gun penalties
The letter “Rights are limited” (N&O Jan. 11) stated that just as there are restrictions on the First Amendment there should be restrictions on the Second Amendment. There are already in every state thousands of restrictions on the Second Amendment. The real intent of this particular argument, though, is to pass crippling laws to the Second Amendment, laws that would lead to legal gun confiscations of citizens such as in some European countries.
Rule breakers, heretofore named criminals, do not follow restrictive gun laws. Dealing with recidivist gun criminals requires efforts such as Durham Mayor Bill Bell’s increasing bail limits for gun criminals.
In my 57 years, I have mentored many young men, sat on several juries and learned that the most effective way to change the behavior of these individuals is to remove their free access to society. This eventually forces most of them to realize they will have to modify their lifestyles if they want to live alongside law-abiding citizens in free society.
As for our schoolchildren, every county in America should follow Durham County’s example and provide trained and armed resource officers in every school. This will prevent troubled cowards from killing our schoolchildren.Wallace Chambers Bahama
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