first came to fame as an American
decathlon champion, a gold medalist
in the 1976 Montreal Summer
Olympics. His victory coincided with
the American bicentennial
celebration, and Jenner became a
national symbol and celebrity. Bruce
is also one of the celebrities
bringing attention to the challenges
of living with Chronic Obstructive
Pulmonary Disease (COPD), which
affected Kris Jenner’s grandparents.
He and celebrities including Danica
Patrick, Jim Belushi, Patty Loveless
and Michael Strahan recently
completed a cross country drive to
support DRIVE4COPD, a multi-year
public health initiative to screen
the millions of people who may be at
risk for COPD, the nation's 4th
leading cause of death.
Can you tell me about the DRIVE4COPD
program and how your trip went?
First of all, why did I do it? The
reason I did it is because both my
wife’s grandparents died of
emphysema. When you talk about
caregiving, the rest of the family
becomes the caregiver to people who
are afflicted by this and it is just
such a strain on everybody; not just
the patient, but also the caregiver.
COPD is the fourth leading killer in
the United States. So that is
the reason we did it; to build
awareness of what COPD is. Why
do we want them to be aware?
Because there are a lot of things
you can do to help manage this
disease along the way, to make the
quality of life better. Now
they say there are approximately 24
million people affected by COPD.
Half of them don’t know they even
have the problem...read more
Getting Ready for Joint Replacement
By Hilary Wright
Age is no longer the determining
prerequisite for whether or not a person will
receive joint replacement surgery. Constant athletic
activity, a busy lifestyle, and the natural wear and
tear of time on the body’s joints have made people
of all ages candidates for this type of surgery. An
amazing amount of advancements have been made
through medical technology regarding this procedure,
perfecting it to the point where recovery time has
been cut in half for most people...read more
A Caregiver’s Gift
By Darcy Heller Sternberg
My husband Marty has to take a
combination of eight different drugs seven times a day;
this is in addition to routine vitamins. Each morning, I
set them up in a pillbox so that there is no confusion
about the schedule. He manages quite well unless his
Parkinson’s, which he’s had for over 30 years, prevents
him from opening the individual sections...read more
Tips for Swallowing Pills
By Janie Rosman
Swallowing pills —
medicine, vitamins or supplements—is the most
commonly-reported problem for people living with
dysphagia, according to Jan C. Pryor, MA CCC-SLP,
BRS-S, Speech-Language Pathologist at University of
Washington Medical Center.
Water is a usual companion
with pills, yet there are alternative options
besides the clear liquid...read
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got a pacemaker and is just about at his wit's end.
I read ALL the newsletters, but
unfortunately, I cannot share them with Dad. My mother would
have a fit. She is very mean to him. They both lose
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