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 Tuesday July 19, 2011 - Issue #43

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief An Interview with Lainie Kazan

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 about it? 

Read Editor-in-Chief, Gary Barg’s interview with Lainie to find out.

Gary Barg:  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 long-distance travelers.

Lanie Kazan:  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

Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Unresolved Issues in Family Caregiving

By Kristine Dwyer, LSW and 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 services...continued

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Guest Column

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

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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 recipient...continued

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with
Lainie Kazan

Feature Article
Unresolved Issues in Family Caregiving

Guest Column
The Summer I Took Care of Grandpa Golden

Setting Limits Is The Key  


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