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Fearless Caregiver Newsletter
 Thursday October 14, 2010 - Issue #3

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Lainie Kazan

You probably know Tony award winning actress Lainie Kazan from her many roles on screen, stage, and television; in particular her role as the bride’s mother in the mega-hit “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”  But I bet there were a few things about Lanie that you did not know. Did you know that her big break on stage came as Barbra Streisand’s understudy in the original Broadway production of the musical “Funny Girl” and that she and Barbra went to the same high school or that she was in the Frank Sinatra movie, “Lady in Cement” or even that she was named the “Queen of Brooklyn” at the Welcome Back to Brooklyn Festival in 1997?  I bet you also didn’t know that Lainie has long been a leading supporter for those living with AIDS or that she almost died from complications of DVT and has become an advocate for DVT awareness.  What is DVT, and why is it so important to you and your loved ones to learn about it?  Read  Editor-in -Chief, Gary Barg’s interview with Lainie to find out.


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. ...continued

 

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Gary Barg
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gary@caregiver.com


 

Clinical Trial Spotlight

 

Feature Article

Epigenetics: A New Search Begins

by Angela Medieros, Staff Writer 

Caregivers have watched their loved ones, and the changes in them, wondering if these same characteristics have been passed on to them.  Epigenetics, a term around for some time, is the study of traits that are passed without a change in the DNA sequence....continued


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Guest Column

Caregiver Guilt and Finding Balance

By Sheryl Leary  

How do you find the balance? Is there a balance? Am I doing the right thing? Should I be doing more? These are important questions for a caregiver. They can dominate a caregiver’s daily thoughts. The experts all talk about balance. How do we find the balance when we are so busy doing the things that upset the balance? ...continued

 

Caretips

Tips to Help Seniors and Their Caregivers
Prepare for Surgery

As a growing number of the estimated 78 million Baby Boomers transition into their senior years, an increased focus is placed on the health of this important group of Americans. According to the United States Census Bureau, more than 12 percent of the total U.S. population is over age 65 and, of that segment, more than half will undergo at least one surgical procedure as senior citizens...continued

Sharing Wisdom - Caregiver Tips

From Cecelia in Oakdale, CT
In May 2000, my 58-year-old husband was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. He decided to participate in clinical trial. His reason for participation: "Nothing happens without research." As he requested, after his passing at age 65 his brain was autopsied to provide researchers additional information. The Geriatric Psychiatrist reviewed the report with my daughter-in-law (a nurse) and me. The slides of plaques and tangles confirmed the Alzheimer's diagnosis. I am in a control group longitudinal clinical trial in Albany, NY. Researchers need clinical trial participants to advance development of products and protocols to enhance quality-of-life care.


From Carol A. in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
I have participated in several clinical trials (phases 1 through 3) for psoriasis medications and found the experience enlightening. I was always very well-informed about possible side effects, long-term effects, etc. The staff was knowledgeable, helpful and caring. All study medications, lab work, x-rays, etc. were paid for by the drug company. Although my condition didn't respond to any of the medications, I would not hesitate to participate again.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

An Interview with
Lainie Kazan

Feature Article

Epigenetics: A New Search Begins

Guest Column

Caregiver Guilt and Finding Balance

Caretips
Tips to Help Seniors and Their Caregivers Prepare for Surgery
Sharing Wisdom

 

 

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