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AARP recognizes family caregivers across US, presents Portrait of Care to Mukwonago woman

Mukwonago, Wisconsin – November marks National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize the 40 million Americans – including an estimated 578,000 from Wisconsin – who help older parents, spouses, and other loved ones live independently at home, where they want to be.

The unpaid care they provide, such as managing medications, cooking meals, driving to appointments, performing complex medical tasks and more, is valued at about $7 billion in Wisconsin alone.

Sherrie Palm of Mukwonago is one of these unsung heroes.

Sherrie is in the “sandwich generation,” providing support throughout much of her life for both parents and children, including step-children. Sherrie is the founder and Executive Director for the healthcare nonprofit Association for Pelvic Organ Prolapse Support. Her caregiving work has been an add-on.

“I learned as I went. You make mistakes, but you only make them once. I’m an all-cards-on-the-table kind of person, so I learn by asking questions. We all want to keep the wheels turning. We all feel guilty – like we should do more. I am able to find balance by laughing and focusing on the funny,” she said.

AARP Wisconsin is recognizing Sherrie with a “Portrait of Care,” which is an artist’s painting of her with a loved one.

Selected through AARP’s storytelling initiative called “I Heart Caregivers”, Sherrie is among 53 family caregivers chosen nationwide, including one each from each state, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to receive a hand-painted portrait.

Thousands of caregivers have shared their stories on the website www.aarp.org/iheartcaregivers

“We want to celebrate family caregivers, spotlight their experiences of hope, love, dedication and perseverance, and elevate their stories – especially during National Family Caregivers Month,” said Sam Wilson of AARP Wisconsin, which serves about 820,000 Wisconsinites age 50 and older. “This is especially important as we work to support family caregivers through public policy, education, outreach and more.

“Family caregivers are the backbone of our care system, serving a crucial role in helping older Wisconsinites and other loved ones remain in their own homes and communities as long as possible,” Wilson said. “That’s why AARP is fighting for commonsense solutions to help make their big responsibilities a little bit easier.”

For nearly 15 years Sherrie has provided guidance for her parents and son, Erik – now age 27 – who has aggressive Lyme and additional underlying health concerns. Her father has degenerative spine issues while her mother suffers from genetic endocrine disorders and severe arthritis. “The backdrop of everything I do is to help out on either side as best I can,” she said.

Sherrie stays in daily contact with her son and visits her parents every chance she gets. She cooks dinner, shares funny stories, stays overnight and helps manage medical consultations and quality of life needs.

“I’ve come to recognize that on days when I feel like the mayo on all three layers of a triple-decker sandwich, nothing feeds my soul and recharges my battery like humor,” she says.

“Being a sandwich boomer is all day every day. At times do I feel like my life is absurd sideways? You bet. Would I trade a single aspect of it? Not on your life. If I can get the people I care about to laugh out loud, it fires my engines and I’m good to go.”

Earlier this year, AARP conducted a statewide survey of registered voters age 45 and older in Wisconsin to learn about their experiences, challenges and needs as family caregivers, and attitudes toward public policy that would support family caregivers.

The survey found that family caregivers in Wisconsin provide 538 million hours of care per year to their parents, spouses, partners, and other adult loved ones. They help with daily activities such as bathing or dressing, preparing meals, administering medications, driving to doctor visits, and paying bills.

“This report demonstrates that we need to do more to assist the hundreds of thousands of caregivers in our state,” said Wilson said. “Some of the things that will help family caregivers include improved workplace flexibility, respite care, tax credits and home care services.”

Sherrie Palm

Sherrie Palm


AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment security and retirement planning. We advocate for consumers in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services.  A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world’s largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www. aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP VIVA, a bilingual news source.  AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates.  The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org. 

New facebook page for health business and health answers

New Facebook page for health business and health answers

Here is the place you can ask for help and what is the best solution. C& G Medicare Facebook page for health

Share your experiences, ask the doctor, nurse or physiotherapist for advice.

What is the best product I need for my ailment.

Business to business meet up here and start connecting with other businesses and also meet the people who will be using your products. No nonsense honest feedback about your products.

We look forward to seeing you on the C&G Medicare Health Facebook Page or click the link on the right hand side of this blog under C&G Medicare.

Meet the inventor Gaynor Morgan of Incostress the medical device to control female incontinence and strengthen the pelvic floor.

Meet the inventor of Kegel8 the electrical stimulation product to strengthen the pelvic floor.

Meet the top sales director Philippe Ferland of Bell Lifestyle Products a favoured brand of natural health remedies.

Meet the director of AOR D-Mannose – a natural product to help the bladder restore its natural balance and prevent urinary tract infections. D-Mannose is a simple carbohydrate sugar similar in structure to glucose. Research indicates that D-Mannose may help support the health of the urinary tract. Suitable for Vegans, Vegetarians, Children

Meet Roz one of the UKs most sort after PR agents.

Meet the team of Supermum TV, women who have made it to the top but not without a fight or struggle, interact with them and find out how you can avoid the pitfalls of starting a new product, how to get a product to market etc.

Meet self-made authors and share their insights into writing a successful book.  We thank Mary O’Dwyer author of Hold It Sister and Hold it Mama, Ms Sherrie Palm author of Pelvic Organ Prolapse the silent epidemic Mr RA Farmer author of his newly launched best-selling thriller ‘The Deconstructing World’ into Brussels, Maastricht and the UK.

Meet the chief buyer of the Sweetie Factory

Want something special for that special moment. Meet this the owner of  www.banglesandrocks.co.uk

Perfect just like you!

If you are a medical professional, author, business person, someone who needs answers to a health issue, someone who needs help promoting their products, then PASS THIS ON AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ON C&G MEDICARE FACEBOOK PAGE

December’s Meeting
7th December 2010
We have been focusing on doing better, smarter business through our relationships. There will be a time when you will need to take those relationships to the next level. You may be working on building relationships with other like minded individuals who operate in your target market. But do you really know them? Better question do they really know you? We would like to invite you to relax and enjoy the atmosphere whilst getting to know members in the network even better! We will build on the effective 1-2-1 meetings building trust and support to one another but in a more relaxed party spirit. So if you want to enter into the spirit then bring some Christmas cheer with you, the more the merrier. We would love it if you can bring along some information about your business / organisation and are happy to set up some stalls for this event. The evening will be made up of some pampering, a chance for members to showcase themselves and we will have our own Angela Durrant ending the year on a high!
To confirm your attendance (if you haven’t already done so), Click here:


controls urge and stress incontinence

Pfilates exercises are a medically proven regime

Pfilates was created by American Urogynaecologist Dr Bruce Crawford. The Pfilates kit is now available in Europe sold through C&G Medicare Ltd. C&G Medicare Ltd are based in The United Kingdom and promote Pfilates throughout Europe demonstrating to medical professionals and women who do not want to take surgery or drugs to correct urge or stress incontinence.

Pfilates is a program of neuromuscular conditioning based on extensive EMG recordings taken from the pelvic floor.  Pfilates was created to provide a method of home pelvic floor fitness training accessible to a broad population. 

Pelvic floor disorders are absolutely epidemic.  Stress urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, female sexual dysfunction, pelvic organ prolapse, and fecal incontinence are so commonplace they are often regarded as the inevitable consequences of childbirth and aging.  When these conditions are treated they are to often regarded as purely mechanical disorders requiring a surgical solution.  Although trained as a surgeon I have come to regard these disorders as principally neuromuscular disorders deserving of a neuromuscular solution.

 It is clear that programs of pelvic floor neuromuscular rehabilitation successfully improve pelvic floor symptoms.  Such programs typically involve a set schedule of isometric pelvic floor muscle exercises (Kegel exercises) that must be continued long term.  It is also clearly established that very few women will continue to perform this type of isometric exercises for an extended period of time.  

In creating the Pfilates program we have ventured to provide a plyometric (movement oriented) method of pelvic floor exercise that could be incorporated in to any regular fitness routine.  Our neuromuscular research reveals that movements which engage the external hip rotators, adductors of the thigh, transverses abdominals, and gluteal muscles also facilitate, or induce, a pelvic floor contraction.  This information has proven especially useful for women unable to perform an isolated voluntary pelvic floor contraction. 

 The Pfilates program is a simple program consisting of ten movements presented in the same order in three different phases (beginning, intermediate, and advanced).  Each of the Pfilates movements includes a series of repetitions followed by a hold phase and a pulse phase at the point of peak engagement of the pelvic floor.  As such these movements encourage the development of the three essential elements of neuromuscular performance: strength, endurance, and coordination.  The Pfilates DVD includes a detailed “Learn These Movements” that should be reviewed carefully before beginning any of the ten minute routines. 

 Pfilates is intended to be preventative but also a therapeutic alternative for those already experiencing symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction.  For patients that have already has surgery Pfilates can help protect the investment and reduce the chance for recurrent symptoms. 

For more information on the Pilates Program, The Pfilates Kit, DVDs, instruction and certification of Instructors please contact Gaynor Morgan – www.incostress.com email info@incostress.com

Gaynor developed and marketed the revolutionary medical device Incostress  a simple re usable class IIa medical device to control stress incontinence and naturally strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.

www.incostress.com don’t delay contact us today.

Incostress for quality of life you can rely on


Bescot Healthcare exhibiting in London Ontario

March 6th and 7th 2010


Bescot Healthcare presents Incostress at the Women's Lifestyle show Canada

 Bescote Healthcare are the exclusive distributors for Incostress in Canada. Vist thier stand at the Womens’ Lifestyle show London Ontario Canada. 

Healthworkers, doctors, physiotherapists, nurses, women who suffer with stress incontinence and a  weak pelvic floor should visit the stand of Incostress. Using Incostress not only controls the involuntary loss of urine it also allows the user to identify and stimulate the pelvic floor muslces to start naturally strengthening them. Incostress is a clinically approved medical device now available in Canada. It is being used by medical staff, patients and women who want a better quality of life without having to use incontinence pads. 

Hold it Sister is a fantastic self help book written by Australian senior physiotherapis Mary O’Dwyer.     

visit Incostress at the women’s lifestyle show Ontario Canada Visit Hold it Sister at the women’s lifestyle show Ontario Canada


Contact Bescot Health today for your Incostress and Hold it Sister     

London Womens Lifestyle Show March 6 & 7

Come and visit our booth and meet Martin at the show and see our products to help you overcome Stress Incontinence with our two products; “IncoStress” and “Hold It Sister”. www.womenslifestyleshow.ca      

email: martin@bescothealth.com for further information     

Are you a Canadian phyiotherapist who holds workshops? Contact us and we will add you to our workshop list on our www.incostress1.com blog.    This blog also appears on Technorati code YJ726E3WVD9W


Don’t forget to buy the UK national Observer on Sunday 17th January 2010. Look for the newspaper advertising page and see what Incostress and Hold It Sister have been up to. With thanks to the team at Web Windows for the great design of Incostress and Hold it Sister – they provided some very sound advice about magazine advertising.

Incostress and Hold it Sister

buy Incostress and Hold it Sister now.

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