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Fearless Caregiver Newsletter
 Tuesday September 6, 2011 - Issue #49

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief An Interview with Olympia Dukasis

Olympia Dukakis is an Academy-Award-winning actress, a trained physical therapist and a very caring soul, who has been a caregiver for her husband and her close friend, Jessica, a formerly vibrant dancer and actress who suffered from excruciating bone pain caused by cancer. She is also a tireless caregiver advocate.

 Editor-In-Chief Gary Barg sat down with this truly fearless caregiver who is working to make a difference for those in pain.

GARY BARG: As someone whose father experienced excruciating bone pain while living with multiple myeloma, I am really grateful for your work with bone pain awareness.  I think it’s hard for family members to truly understand that level of pain.

OLYMPIA DUKAKIS: Right. You don’t have to live with it. You can reach out and find other solutions. Maybe there is some pain, but there are also solutions.  I think that today, without being too critical of the hospitals, you really have to take your health into your own hands. Get as much information as you can. People do make mistakes and are overworked; there are a lot of things that can happen when you don’t have access.  I think this is an opportunity to get access to improve the quality of life...continued


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Gary Barg
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Feature Article

Pain Management Report Card

By Liza Berger, Staff Writer

Five states have the most balanced pain policies in the country, according to a report card released last year. They are Kansas, Michigan, Virginia, Wisconsin and Oregon. All received a grade of A in “Achieving Balance in State Pain Policy: A Progress Report Card,” the July 2008 report found...continued

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Guest Column

Laughter is the Best Medicine
By Helen Hunter, ACSW, LSW

The scientific definition of laughing is a “successive, rhythmic, spasmodic expiration with open glottis and vibration of the vocal cords, often accompanied by baring of the teeth and facial expression”. That doesn’t begin to tell the story of what laughing does for us, however. The bottom line is that laughing is medically beneficial...continued


Caretips

Tips for Pain Management

By Peter Ganther

Almost all seniors today face some degree of pain and soreness. But up to 35% of all seniors face chronic pain resulting in depression and can greatly affect their daily life. Often this chronic pain goes undiagnosed or overlooked, and only after life is negatively altered is it caught and treated. Some of the obvious chronic pain symptoms include limping, moaning, spending more time in bed, and reduction in activity...continued


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Carenotes

My daughter was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in her teens. She is now 31 years old and it has been an extreme struggle. She had a child with her boyfriend of 10 years. Her daughter is now six years old. They live with us and she refuses to take care of her daughter. Her moods are extreme; she is either very up or very down. She will not take no for an answer when she wants something. We have a lot of animals that I do not want because of this. She follows us around like a child, nagging us for days until we can’t deal with it anymore and give in. Is this normal for a person with bipolar disorder? I mentor her medication, but the meds never seem to help. When she is down, she sleeps all day and refuses to get up. I myself suffer with depression from time to time, but not as severe as hers.  My mother and grandmother suffered with it, too. I am not sure how to help her. As she gets older, she is getting worse. Do you have any suggestions?
 

 

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with
Olympia Dukasis

Feature Article
Pain Management Report Card 

Guest Column
Laughter is the Best Medicine

Caretips
Tips for Pain Management  
Carenotes
 

 

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