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July 29, 2014
Issue #735

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From the Editor's Pen Gary Barg • Editor-in-Chief • gary@caregiver.com

Gary Barg
An Interview with Phylicia Rashad

Gary Barg:  What should people know about Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)?

Phylicia Rashad:  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.

Gary Barg:  How has PAD affected your family?

Phylicia Rashad:  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 legs. My dad used to complain about that. His legs would cramp and we thought it was because he had been practicing dentistry for almost 35 years, standing up the whole time because he refused to sit down. You could attribute it to that. Oftentimes when people have discomfort in their legs, it is attributed to being tired, or they think, “I have been standing too long” or “I am getting older,” not considering that there could be a cardiovascular problem at the root of this  ...more

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Understanding Urinary Incontinence for Today's Caregiver
By Jacek L. Mostwin, MD, DPhil & Rene Genadry, MD

Thanks to a growing awareness of the physical problems and social repercussions of urinary incontinence, more and more people—including doctors—are taking incontinence seriously. This is good news for women dealing with this condition: there are health professionals available who understand what incontinence is, what causes it, and how to successfully treat and manage it  ...more

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Finding The Rewards In Caregiving
By Sheryl Leary

Caregiving usually evolves out of necessity due to progressive disease, declining abilities, or sudden medical changes. Despite this fact, caregivers are usually providing care because they want to. They often enter into this relationship with nary a concern for themselves and with thoughts only of the genuine support they want to offer their loved one. Caregivers can derive a lot of satisfaction from knowing that they are helping someone through a difficult point in their life  ...more

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Fighting Resistance From Seniors
By Peter Ganther

Uprooting an elderly loved one and moving them into your home is difficult enough, but add to that the resistance you may receive, and the caregiving becomes an all-encompassing activity. Your loved one’s natural tendency is to resist care and assistance, if only because they do not want to think of themselves as “old.” Often caregivers will become easily angered and irritated at the thought of a loved one refusing care and this conflict can be very damaging to the entire caregiver-care recipient experience. Understanding the stress and loss of independence your relative faces when they give up their home is the first step in easing the tense situation. Here are a few other ideas that may be helpful if you are experiencing any resistance in your daily caregiving  ...more

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I moved in with my parents a year ago. My mom broke her leg, fractured her spine and needs a lot of help. I struggle with TBI myself and need help that does not cost anything. I am her caregiver and on SSDI from brain injury. I find the stress difficult so I am asking for information and real people to talk to about this. Help.

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