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 Thursday December 9, 2010 - Issue #11

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief An Interview with Bruce Jenner

Bruce Jenner first came to fame as an American decathlon champion, a gold medalist in the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics. His victory coincided with the American bicentennial celebration, and Jenner became a national symbol and celebrity. Jenner used that celebrity to carve out a career as a media personality and to embark on various entrepreneurial projects. Jenner also became a regular in a reality series highlighting his step-daughters, Kim and Khloe Kardashian (“Keeping Up with the Kardashians”). Bruce is also one of the celebrities bringing attention to the challenges of living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), which affected Kris Jenner’s grandparents. He and celebrities including Danica Patrick, Jim Belushi, Patty Loveless and Michael Strahan recently completed a cross country drive to support DRIVE4COPD, a multi-year public health initiative to screen the millions of people who may be at risk for COPD, the nation's 4th leading cause of death.

Gary Barg, Editor-in-Chief, sat down to talk with Bruce as soon as he got home from the road trip.

Gary Barg: Can you tell me about the DRIVE4COPD program and how your trip went?
Bruce Jenner: First of all, why did I do it?  The reason I did it is because both my wife’s grandparents died of emphysema.  When you talk about caregiving, the rest of the family becomes the caregiver to people who are afflicted by this and it is just such a strain on everybody; not just the patient, but also the caregiver. COPD is the fourth leading killer in the United States.  So that is the reason we did it; to build awareness of what COPD is.  Why do we want them to be aware?  Because there are a lot of things you can do to help manage this disease along the way, to make the quality of life better.  Now they say there are approximately 24 million people affected by COPD.  Half of them don’t know they even have the problem...continued

Take care

Gary Barg

Genworth Financial 


Feature Article

Hiring Private Duty Home Care Workers: Why Work through an Agency?

By Rona S. Bartelstone, LCSW, BCD, CMC

One of the greatest long-term needs of older adults and those with chronic illnesses is for in-home, custodial care services. These workers are often referred to as home health aides, certified nursing assistants and custodial care workers. These in-home workers make it possible for people with functional limitations to remain at home in a comfortable, familiar environment. Home health aides (as we will refer to this class of workers) provide a wide range of assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing, dressing, grooming, assisting with ambulation or transferring, toileting, feeding and providing medication reminders....continued Long Term Care Channel

Guest Column

I'm Fine, Thanks 
By Pat D’Andria  

That is the life of a caregiver.  You are always fine because the focus is always on the person that you care for.  You are “just fine” because if you think of allowing yourself to be anything other than fine, your legs will come out from under you.  You just keep moving along, all the while knowing that the person that you are trying to convince that you are “just fine” is you. ...continued


Finding Balance for the Caregiver:
16 Stress Reducing Strategies
By Lisa Bailey

When my husband Phil’s colorectal cancer returned in October of 2006, this time in the liver and lungs, I found myself stressed to the max.  With my full-time job as a kindergarten teacher, my commitment to my adult children and grandchildren, and keeping tabs on my teenage daughter, adding compassionate caregiving to my life’s work demands from me an incredibly difficult balancing act...continued

Fearless Caregiver Guides

Sharing Wisdom - Caregiver Tips

From a caregiver:

When I take my mother to respite care (adult daycare), she doesn't want to leave me. If I tell her that she is going to her job at the senior center to help them (she always wants to help me around the house), she is less likely to resist going. I tell her how much they need her and that she is doing a great job of helping me out, too. She is still clingy, but it has given her a purpose and a focus other than on herself. They really do have her help with chores and she comes home tired; so she sleeps better, too.

From Teri in San Angelo, TX:

My husband had a stroke two years ago; before that, he was clinically depressed for 10 years. Taking a shower was already an ordeal before the stroke; but afterward, it was horrendous. He was perfectly happy to go two weeks without. After his stroke, he shakes so badly that he cannot shave himself and he enjoys it when I shave him. So I made a deal. I shave him on the days he showers and he can't stand to go over two days without a shave, so voila! Worked like a charm. Deals are sometimes the way to go.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

An Interview with
Bruce Jenner

Feature Article

Hiring Private Duty Home Care Workers: Why Work through an Agency?

Guest Column

I'm Fine, Thanks 

Finding Balance for the Caregiver: 16 Stress Reducing Strategies
Sharing Wisdom



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