The Hidden Cost of Caregiving

This month's Quality Care newsletter continues the series on relationships. Caregivers often see strain in their personal relationships due to challenges of being a family caregiver. The article, "Intimacy: A Casualty of Caregiving" by Pat Kaufman and Nancy Carson, is about relationships between people with disabilities and the love ones who care for them.Click here to read the article. Special thanks to the National Family Caregivers Association for support.

National Women's Health Week

We all have a role to play in women’s health. Women often serve as caregivers for their families, putting the needs of their spouses, partners, children and parents before their own. As a result, a woman’s health and well-being become secondary. As a community, we have a responsibility to support the women we know and do everything we can to help them live longer, healthier and happier lives.
Women are between four to five times more likely than men to experience loss of bladder control, in great part because of the trauma the body experiences during pregnancy and childbirth. In honor of the 2012 National Women’s Health Week theme, “It’s Your Time,” the National Association For Continence (NAFC) wants to empower women to make their health a top priority by encouraging them to take steps to improve their physical and mental health as well as lower their risks for developing diseases.
Please visit NAFC's Bladder Health Awareness website for more information.

Pessary Care

The video above features Lynette Franklin, clincial nurse specialist in the Department of Urology at the Medical University of South Carolina, about how to care for one's pessary. If you are using a pessary, this video can help clarify any questions you have about caring for the device. If you're seeking treatment for pelvic organ prolapse, this video help you learn about what's involved with using a pessary to manage prolapse. Pessaries are a non-surgical option for treating prolapse. If you have more questions about pessaries or pelvic organ prolapse you may contact the NAFC Health Educator at
NAFC Health Educator

The Great American Try-On: Have You Tried It On?

Depend recently came out with a new type of absorbent product for management of incontinence. According to the Depend Silhouette for Women website the product is "the first protective underwear that look, fit, and feel like real underwear." The advertisements featuring this product included celebrity, Lisa Rinna, who they asked to model the product in an evening gown to prove the smooth fit under clothing. For more information on the product visit Depend's website at: .

Have you tried the new Depend product?


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