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From The Editor
An Interview with Phylicia Rashad
Phylicia Rashad, actor, producer,
writer, is possibly most recognized for
her stellar role as Clair Olivia Hanks
Huxtable, the wife/partner of Heathcliff
“Cliff” Huxtable (Bill Cosby) on The
Ms. Rashad has recently taken on a new
role in raising awareness of Peripheral
Artery Disease (PAD), a condition that
affects about eight million Americans
and puts them at more than double the
risk of heart attack or stroke.
Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg recently sat
down with Ms. Rashad for a frank, funny
and wide-ranging interview. Who
could expect less from Mrs. Huxtable?
What should people know about PAD?
That the people who are at
greatest risk for developing PAD are
those with diabetes who are over 50
years old, who have hypertension,
high cholesterol, people who are
heavy smokers, people over 70;
people with a history of heart
attack or a stroke in their family.
has PAD affected your family?
PR: When I
did hear about PAD, I thought about
my father immediately, because my
father had diabetes and he died of a
heart attack. Then I continued to
read about PAD and I remember the
moment that I read about one of the
common symptoms, cramping in the
Alleviating Bed Sores Can Be Done
By Marie Santangelo, Staff Writer
Pressure sores are also known as decubitus
ulcers and occur in patients who have little or
no mobility allowing them to change positions
and relieve the pressure on the body.
Sores can develop over time and may be diagnosed
in “grades” of progression. Prevention is
the best method of dealing with anything that
compromises our health, but bedsores can be
alleviated efficiently when they are addressed
in early stages...continued
Today's Rural Caregiving: Managing
By Linda Lindsey Davis, RN, PhD
Gemma Reilly is a 72 year-old woman
who, with her 74 year-old husband Bob, divided her time
between visiting four adult children and 10
grandchildren, worked in the family garden, and
maintained a busy schedule of church activities. After
Bob’s death three years ago, Gemma tried to cope, but
the recent death of her childhood best friend seemed to
be the final blow...continued
Tips for Managing Incontinence
with Frontotemporal Dementia
by Geri Hall, PhD, ARNP, GCNS-BC, FAAN
Always make sure the doctor does an
evaluation to rule out infections, tumors,
etc. for both urinary or bowel incontinence.
If the patient is still early in the disease, there are
two frontotemporal dementia-specific issues:...continued
I have had my mother living with me for nearly four
years. While she is able to walk around the house and do
some easy things, she is unsteady at times and has fallen.
She has type 2 diabetes and COPD, as well as other less
threatening health problems. Having a 17-year-old here, too,
is sometimes very stressful. Mom is 82 now. Is there anyone
out there that can give me some tips on keeping the peace?
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