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 Thursday February 10, 2011 - Issue #20

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Joy and Eve Behar

Gary Barg:  How has heart disease affected your family?

Joy Behar:  I am the recipient of a gene, I think possibly, because my mother had her first heart attack when she was 50 years old.  An uncle, who is her brother, had a sudden heart attack and died at the age of 58.  Both my grandparents on my mother’s side died of heart attacks.  So, there you have it.  It is not a pretty picture.

Gary Barg:  What do women need to know about the risks of having sudden heart attacks and what should they do if they think they are experiencing one? ...continued

Take care

Gary Barg


Feature Article

Mobility and Exercise: No Excuses

By Jennifer Wilson, Staff Writer

Whether you’re the caregiver for a loved one who has a mobility issue due to a stroke, or because of SCI (spinal chord injury), arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, or something else, or if you yourself have a mobility issue, the fact is, you still need to keep your weight at a healthy standard. Just as it is for everyone, the best way to manage weight, regardless of physical limitations or barriers, is with a combination of diet and exercise...continued

The Silverado Story
The Silverado Story

Guest Column

The Last Roses
By Claudette Miller

At the age of 56, my husband of 25 years was diagnosed with end-stage emphysema. The doctor told Glenn he could no longer work. For the next three and a half years, his life was extended by the use of oxygen. I became the caregiver...continued Long Term Care Channel


Fitness at 50+: Five Barriers You Can Beat  

While exercise is often touted as a fountain of youth, it often gets harder to do as you get older.

Physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) physicians, also called physiatrists, are doctors who restore and maintain function lost due to injury, illness and age-related conditions such as osteoporosis, arthritis, joint replacements or stroke...continued

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Sharing Wisdom - Caregiver Tips

Kathleen from CA
My sister and I were desperate. We knew our dad's driving skills had greatly diminished.  He was the type of person who didn't want to be a burden of any kind and wanted to take care of himself. Since he would give a person the shirt off his back, we asked if my sister could borrow his car because hers was in need of repair. He did, and we never gave it back to him. It seemed the kindest way to do it and it worked for us.


Debbie H from Pittsburgh, PA
My mom had Alzheimer’s and in the early and middle stages, she could not remember where items were.   I got a clear shoe holder, the kind you can hang, and used it for her underwear, socks, toothpaste and toothbrush, comb and brush, and any other commonly needed items. There are generally 12 pockets, so you can use one pocket for each different item. If she could not find something, I told her to check the bag. I always had it hanging in the bathroom out in the open so she could see. If she did not put an item back, I would do it for her so it was in its place.  When she started hospice, I used it over the door to her bedroom so hospice people could find the items they needed to care for her.

When she had a problem with the weight of the bed clothes causing redness on the feet, I placed a small foot stool under the sheets.   I used a little plastic stool and put foam rubber on the sides.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with
Joy and Eve Behar

Feature Article
Mobility and Exercise: No Excuses

Guest Column
The Last Roses 

Fitness at 50+: Five Barriers You Can Beat    
Sharing Wisdom


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