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Fearless Caregiver Newsletter
 Tuesday July 2nd, 2013 - Issue #143

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Jane Kaczmarek

Gary Barg: I so appreciate you spending time talking with us about osteoarthritis, this is such a big issue for family caregivers. And I have to say, as someone watching you for years on some of my favorite television shows, it’s almost implausible to believe you were dealing with this while you were doing those shows. How did you find out that’s what you had and what did you do about it?

Jane Kaczmarek: First of all, my father had both of his hips replaced and so, when I started having pain, I suspected that I might be a chip off the old block. I’d limp, and I became very, very dependent on ibuprofen, which is a tremendous anti-inflammatory. And for a while there, I know I was taking at least 20 a day.

Gary Barg: Wow.

Jane Kaczmarek: So I would make it through the day and since it was an over-the-counter painkiller, I just assumed it was fine to be taking that much. When I was pregnant with my third child and working full time on Malcolm in the Middle, I had to stop taking ibuprofen through the pregnancy. I realized then how bad my hip was because I wasn’t numbing the pain anymore...read more

Take Care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Talking Through Schizophrenia
By Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer

Schizophrenia is complex. A person living with the disease is easily overwhelmed by their surrounding environment. Their speech and behavior may be disorganized and delusional. Concentration is limited and appropriate emotional responses minimal. Communications with caregivers and medical providers are part of this chaotic dynamic...read more

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Guest Column

Partnering with a Care Manager
By Rona S. Bartelstone, LCSW, BCD, CMC

Caregiving is never easy and it takes many people to provide the appropriate support services for all. Traditionally, we think of the physician as the point person for primary care...read more


Tips for Strengthening Bones

As women of the baby boom generation reach menopausal age, their risk of having weakened bones due to Osteoporosis goes up. Osteoporosis is a skeletal disease that decreases bone mass...read more

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with
Jane Kaczmarek

Feature Article
Talking Through Schizophrenia

Guest Column
Partnering with a
Care Manager

Tips for Strengthening Bones


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