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 Tuesday September 20, 2011 - Issue #52

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief An Interview with Carrie Ann Inaba

Carrie Ann Inaba is not only a judge for ABC’s top ten television program Dancing with the Stars; she is also a dancer, choreographer, actress, game show host, and singer. When Carrie Ann was living in Japan, she released three singles and hosted a weekly radio and television series. After returning to America, she appeared as one of the “Fly Girls” on the television series In Living Color from 1990 to 1992. She also appeared as a dancer during Madonna’s 1993 Girlie Show World Tour and was in the Austin Powers films Goldmember and The Spy Who Shagged Me. Carrie Ann is the National Celebrity Spokesperson for an organization near and dear to her heart, The Andréa Rizzo Foundation, which provides grants to fund dance therapy programming for children with cancer and special needs.

Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg sat down with Carrie Ann to talk about love of family, caregiving, and sharing the joy of dance with kids who need and deserve some joy in their lives.

Gary Barg: Can you tell me about the Andréa Rizzo Foundation and how you became directly involved?

Carrie Ann Inaba: The Andréa Rizzo Foundation does movement therapy for pediatric cancer patients. I was working on Dancing with the Stars, and there was this woman sitting to my right and next to a young lady who I could tell was undergoing some sort of treatment, maybe chemotherapy. This woman had the brightest light—she just kept smiling and smiling. I went over to her during the commercial break and asked who she was.  She introduced herself as Susan Rizzo and she told me about her foundation. I said, “Sign me up!” and now I am their spokesperson...continued

Take care

Gary Barg

Genworth Financial

Feature Article

VTE and Strokes: A Family Connection

By Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer

Watch out, brothers and sisters—if a sibling has experienced blood clots, you may have a 50-fold increase in risk for the condition.

Researchers in Sweden are the first to link venous thromboembolism (VTE) and the risk in other family members in a nationwide setting, sorted by age and gender. They used a nationwide hospitalization registry to explore the influence of sibling history on these dangerous blood clots...continued

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Guest Column

Legally Protect Your Aging Loved Ones
By Terry Abrams Berger, Esq. & Abrams Berger, P.A.
Without proper legal planning, caring for aging loved ones is often emotionally and financially distressing for everyone involved. Families struggle at the last minute to find information, guidance and assistance to handle the complex health care, financial and legal needs...continued


Top 10 Fitness and Nutrition Tips for Older Adults
By Peggy Buchanan

Today’s adults are living longer, healthier lives due in part to better fitness and nutrition programs. With the number of Americans 65+ expected to reach 20 percent of the U.S. population by 2050, exercise and diet are more important than ever. These tips can help older adults enhance overall wellness into their later years...continued

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From Bobbi in Iowa
My father survived prostate cancer by finally having an orchiectomy after a few bouts with chemo and radiation. He now has the side effect of incontinence. My mother told me the issue has become a stressor in their life. She was nearly in tears telling me that he had soiled his pants at bridge club and it went through to the chair. The host (a close friend of theirs) commented to my mom about it. At that point, I realized she needed help in having the conversations. This is where I thank the good Lord that my employer has required all employees to take classes on handling delicate situations with dignity and on various methods of directing conversations. It has suddenly become more useful in my private life than I’d ever imagined.

There are some moments in life you hope to never have. They definitely include having to help your parent (especially of the opposite gender) go to the bathroom and having an incontinence discussion with them. Both of these moments have recently come to pass, so not much scares me anymore, other than losing them all together.

I thought about it long and hard. I decided it would be important to sit my dad down in private and be sure to emphasize the intent, not the content of the conversation. There are several key points that needed to come through in the conversation, so that was my focus. I started with letting him know the conversation was not to hurt him or diminish his ego, but because I care about him and his future. I wanted to be candid with him because I LOVE HIM! After all, he is my daddy and still a super hero in my eyes.

Main points: 1. I understand that it isn’t his fault. He has a medical reason for the problem. There is no one to blame for the problem, but he does have control over the outcome by using security undergarments. 2. I don’t want him to be alienated from his friends because they are all afraid he might soil their furniture. 3. With his medical condition, having “wet britches” could lead to rashes and ulcers; he doesn’t have the sensation to recognize chafing anymore. 4. I can remind him of the comments made about our Auntie M, who always had soiled clothes. We were all embarrassed for her, but nobody knew how to address the issue. Why would anyone be any less empathetic toward him? 5. Today’s options are so much more comfortable and hygienic than the ones from 10 or 20 years ago. 6. Walking around with wet pants doesn’t fool anyone. People realize that there is a problem and will respect him more for taking control of the problem than trying to hide it (unsuccessfully).

If anyone else is having a similar issue with a parent or loved one, please share your wins and learning moments so we all can grow in our understanding of how to help with these situations.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with
Carrie Ann Inaba

Feature Article
VTE and Strokes: A Family Connection  

Guest Column
Legally Protect Your Aging Loved Ones  

Top 10 Fitness and Nutrition Tips for Older Adults  


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