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 Tuesday November 15, 2011 - Issue #60

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Bruce Jenner

Bruce Jenner first came to fame as an American decathlon champion, a gold medalist in the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics. His victory coincided with the American bicentennial celebration, and Jenner became a national symbol and celebrity. Jenner used that celebrity to carve out a career as a media personality and to embark on various entrepreneurial projects. Jenner also became a regular in a reality series highlighting his step-daughters, Kim and Khloe Kardashian (“Keeping Up with the Kardashians”). Bruce is also one of the celebrities bringing attention to the challenges of living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), which affected Kris Jenner’s grandparents. He and celebrities including Danica Patrick, Jim Belushi, Patty Loveless and Michael Strahan recently completed a cross country drive to support DRIVE4COPD, a multi-year public health initiative to screen the millions of people who may be at risk for COPD, the nation's 4th leading cause of death.

Gary Barg, Editor-in-Chief, sat down to talk with Bruce as soon as he got home from the road trip.

Gary Barg: Can you tell me about the DRIVE4COPD program and how your trip went?
Bruce Jenner: First of all, why did I do it?  The reason I did it is because both my wife’s grandparents died of emphysema.  When you talk about caregiving, the rest of the family becomes the caregiver to people who are afflicted by this and it is just such a strain on everybody; not just the patient, but also the caregiver. COPD is the fourth leading killer in the United States.  So that is the reason we did it; to build awareness of what COPD is...continued

Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Brain Exercises for Caregivers

By Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer

Brain foods and brain vitamins have naturally led to brain stimulating exercises.  It’s considered “old news” that anagrams and crossword puzzles help the brain work out.  A new frontier is emerging; our search for healthier brains has led to development of software programs and other technology to improve brain function....continued

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Guest Column

Stress and the Holidays:
Coping Strategies to Keep you Sane
By Helen Hunter, ACSW, CMSW
Every year, the media bombards us with advertisements showing the “happy family” gathering for the holidays. People from different generations are together, having a wonderful time, sharing traditions of old and creating new ones as well.: ...continued


Holiday Stress Assessment for Caregivers
By Michael Plontz

We can feel the stress lurking around the corner. We may not know what form it will take or how much of it we will have to endure, but we know that it’s out there waiting. Wouldn’t it be nice to evaluate the amount of stress we can handle as caregivers during the holidays? Well, now we can...continued

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I am writing to ask if you have any advice as to how to tell my boyfriend that he is moving to a nursing home. He has Alzheimer’s and his short-term memory and some long-term memory are gone. He still recognizes me, but forgets my name. He still has a sweet disposition. We have been together 11 years and I have been caring for him for three. He is 70 years old.
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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with
Bruce Jenner

Feature Article
Brain Exercises for Caregivers 

Guest Column
Stress and the Holidays

Holiday Stress Assessment for Caregivers


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