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From The Editor
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?
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
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
I'm Fine, Thanks
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
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,
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.
The best ideas and solutions for taking care of your
loved one often come from other caregivers. Please post your ideas
and insights and we will share them with your fellow caregivers.
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