Interview with Joy and Eve Behar
How has heart disease affected
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
Mobility and Exercise: No Excuses
By Jennifer Wilson,
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 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
Fitness at 50+: Five Barriers You Can
While exercise is often touted as a
fountain of youth, it often gets harder to do as you get
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
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.
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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and insights and we will share them with your fellow caregivers.
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