Joy Behar is
an American comedian, writer,
actress, and a co-host of the talk
show, The View. For Joy, heart
disease is a family affair. Despite
having lost both parents to heart
disease, Joy’s mother Rose was not
prepared when a sudden heart attack
struck in her fifties. Now, Joy and
her daughter Eve (a talented ceramic
artist) are challenging women who
have or are at risk for heart
disease to be prepared, and better
their odds of surviving should a
heart attack strike without warning.
How has heart disease affected your
Joy Behar: I
am the recipient of a gene, I think
possibly, because my mother had her
first heart attack when she was 50
years old. An uncle, who is
her brother, had a sudden heart
attack and died at the age of 58.
Both my grandparents on my mother’s
side died of heart attacks.
So, there you have it. It is
not a pretty picture.
Gary Barg: What
do women need to know about the
risks of having sudden heart attacks
and what should they do if they
think they are experiencing one? ...read more
De-Stigmatizing Urinary Incontinence
By Michael Plontz
Too often caregivers feel that
their loved one’s incontinence is a natural result
of aging, dementia, medication or disability. They
may not seek help because they assume that nothing
can be done. But that might not be entirely true.
Let’s learn about this too-little-talked-about
First of all, we need a basic
anatomy lesson. The urinary system contains a
urethra, a bladder, two ureters, and two kidneys. A
circular muscle called the sphincter can play a role
in incontinence, but it is not an official part of
the urinary system...read more
My Mother's Keeper: The Eye Doctor Appointment
By Beverly Bernstein Joie, MS, CMC
For the past several years, my
step-sister had been taking my mom to see the
ophthalmologist. They had their routine; Cindy would
drop her off for the appointment and then pick her up
after it. Then, last spring, Mom called to ask if I
could step in because Cindy was unavailable to help her.
I was actually pleased that I would have the opportunity
to see what the doctor had to say...read more
Caring for Someone with the Flu
Keep your loved one comfortable and follow the recommendations of his or her health care provider.
Keep others in the home healthy by washing hands and household surfaces frequently.
Ensure that all medications are taken as directed...read
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