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July 1, 2014
Issue #727
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From the Editor's Pen Gary Barg • Editor-in-Chief • gary@caregiver.com

Gary Barg

An Interview with Lainie Kazan

Gary Barg:  You know, as a person who flies a lot, I’ve heard about DVT over the years; but now it seems that DVT affects a lot more people than commonly thought and affects more people than just long-distance travelers.

Lanie Kazan:  DVT affects roughly 3 million people each year, and 300 thousand die annually from a DVT complication called pulmonary embolism. That’s more than breast cancer and AIDs combined.

Gary Barg:  What is DVT and what are some of the risk factors for it?

Lanie Kazan:  DVT stands for deep vein thrombosis, and the risk factors for a DVT blood clot include restricted mobility because of hospitalization or due to acute illness or certain surgeries such as hip replacement or knee replacement surgery. If you’ve had a prior DVT like me, or age and obesity come into play, these can also be factors. If you’ve had chemotherapy, heart surgery, respiratory diseases or if you smoke or use birth control pills, or even being pregnant can be triggers for DVT  ...more

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Incontinence:
The Caregiver's Role
By Kevin McShane

Incontinence in children is called "training". In adults, it's often called embarrassing. Without understanding the problem, people may jump to the conclusion that their loved one is suddenly getting too lazy or simply doesn't care. This is so rare, that it should be the very last consideration when seeking a cause  ...more

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The Roller Coaster of Caregiving
By Jane Cassily Knapp, RN, LCSWC

The decisions to become a caregiver are usually made in crisis situations. We rarely have time to consider the ramifications of these decisions nor do we really fully understand that there are any ramifications. What could be so difficult about caring for someone we love? In the ideal situation a family meeting should be called to get an understanding from all involved as to what the primary caregiver’s role will be  ...more

Today's Caregiver magazine's Weather Emergency Kit

Diabetes and Heat: Safety Tips

If you have diabetes, be extra careful during hot weather. Temperatures of 80°F (about 27°C) or above, especially with humidity, can affect medication, testing supplies, and your health.

If you have diabetes, it is harder for your body to handle high heat and humidity. The heat index, which measures how hot it really feels by combining temperature and humidity readings, advises caution starting at 80°F with 40 percent humidity.

Here are suggestions from CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation on taking care of yourself during hot weather  ...more

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