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
Gary Barg’s interview with Lainie to
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
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 combined...continued
Unresolved Issues in Family
By Kristine Dwyer, LSW
Douglas Heck, PhD
The phone call came on a misty
Sunday morning. Mary’s mother had fallen at home and was
hospitalized with severe injuries. Mary and her
sister were contacted by their elderly father and a
social worker and encouraged to return home to help
their aged parents make medical decisions, straighten
out financial and legal matters, and find home care
The Summer I Took Care
of Grandpa Golden
By Carolena Lapierre
In my 17th summer my Grandpa Golden had a stroke that took away his
health and ability to walk or speak, but worst of all, his pride.
Grandma called to say, “If Carol would come and take care of him for
me, I’ll let him stay home; otherwise I’ll have to put him in a
nursing home. That’s all it took. I had a great affection and
respect for Grandpa...continued
Setting Limits Is The Key
By Mary Damiano
Realizing the added pressure of being a
full-time caregiver is not the only challenged faced by
many. In many cases, it is the stress of caring for a loved
one, all while maintaining a job and supporting a family. It
is at this moment where setting limits and making choices
becomes most important. The key step is learning how to say
“no,” yet maintaining a strong bond with your care
I take care of my husband who has Alzheimer's. When I
think about it, I realize we have been going through this
for several years. The last two have been a nightmare.
He does what I ask him to most of the time, but he
doesn't like me to be out of his sight. He insists he
doesn’t need anyone with him when I have to go somewhere,
but the doctor said my husband cannot be left alone. Because
of that I find it is just easier for me to stay home, but
now I find I'm isolating myself.
I'm trying to get away at least one day a week, but what
I have to go through to get away makes me not want to go.
I've told my husband I need to get away and I can't relax if
I know he's going to make a fuss. Is there a proper
way to deal with this issue?
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