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
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
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
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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