Voltaren Presents: CareWalks

Watch actress and caregiver, Jennie Garth, help empower caregivers with joint pain to rediscover the joy of movement through the simple act of walking.

 

Voltaren Presents: CareWalks

Watch actress and caregiver, Jennie Garth, help empower caregivers with joint pain to rediscover the joy of movement through the simple act of walking.

 

Joy in Every Movement

Did you know that just a 10 minute daily walk can help the physical and mental health of all people, including caregivers1? Voltaren is proud to walk with caregivers, hear their stories, and help reduce their joint pain due to arthritis in the process.

Twenty Percentage

20%

1 in 5 of Americans
are caregivers2

Ninty Four Percentage

94%

of caregivers report
exoskeletal pain3

Fifty Eight Percentage

58%

of caregivers say their
exercising habits are
worse since becoming
a caregiver4

Meet the Host of CareWalks, Jennie Garth

Jennie has played many roles throughout her life. Most people will remember her as Kelly Taylor on the hit show Beverly Hills 90210, or more recently as an avid designer, DIY-er, and decorator.

Man and woman talking while hiking

However, for a big part of Jennie’s life, one of her most significant roles has been working as a family caregiver for her dad who lived with coronary heart disease.

Today, as host of Voltaren’s CareWalks series, and as someone who’s dealing with osteoarthritis herself, Jennie is helping other family caregivers to remember to care for themselves through the joy of movement and highlighting the benefits of connecting with other caregivers who shared similar lived experiences.


Woman smiling on hiking trail

Meet Laketa Caston

Laketa has been a family caregiver twice. She first cared for her uncle for over five years while he lived with Alzheimer’s and is currently caring for her 90 year-old aunt.

READ LAKETA’S FULL STORY

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  • Show Transcript

    Text: Laketa, Caregiver

    Text: Jennie, Actress & Caregiver

    Text: Use as directed.

    Jennie VO: Hi!

    Laketa VO: Hi!

    Jennie VO: You must be Laketa, nice to meet you, hug? Ok, good.

    Jennie VO: Hello, how are you?

    Laketa VO: I’m good, how are you?

    Jennie VO: I’m not bad.

    Laketa VO: Good.

    Jennie VO: Should we walk and talk?

    Laketa VO: Yes, let’s do that.

    Text: Voltaren Arthritis Pain presents…

    Text: CareWalks

    Jennie VO: So tell me, who do you take care of?

    Laketa VO: Well, I help take care of my aunt.

    Laketa VO: She’s not able to walk right now, she is wheelchair bound, so it's always a new normal.

    Laketa VO: When I get used to one thing, something else happens.

    Jennie VO: Have you had to sort of sacrifice or give up things in your own life?

    Laketa VO: I couldn’t see my kids. They all live in separate states and I couldn’t see them.

    Jennie VO: Do you ever get like burnout?

    Laketa VO: I do feel like I’m losing myself.

    Laketa VO: Because if you're not a caregiver, after you’ve taken care of someone for so long, what are you?

    Jennie VO: So do you have anybody that you talk to?

    Laketa VO: To my sister, who actually took care of my father and my mother.

    Jennie VO: Yeah! It feels good right - to be able to talk to somebody who can relate sometimes.

    Laketa VO: Absolutely, absolutely.

    Jennie VO: You can just vent!

    Laketa VO: Because you always have that little thing in your head - “Am I doing this the right way?”

    Jennie VO: Oh my gosh.

    Laketa VO: The downfall of everything.

    Jennie VO: You’re responsible for someone else’s life.

    Laketa VO: Yeah.

    Jennie VO: It's a big deal.

    Jennie VO: When I was taking care of my dad, I had my mom to talk to.

    Jennie VO: But now my mom is at a place where she needs caregiving, so my sister is her primary caregiver.

    Laketa VO: Oh, that’s wonderful!

    Jennie VO: We spend some time just talking to each other about all the stress of it.

    Jennie VO: Really helps her to go back in with some gusto, you know?

    Jennie VO: How do you think having osteoarthritis affects your ability to be a caregiver?

    Laketa VO: Most of the time I can ignore it, and that’s probably something I shouldn't do.

    Laketa VO: Like this little twinge, this little twinge in my wrist, is something that I need to be aware of.

    Laketa VO: I just need to move more, I think.

    Jennie VO: That's the key right…

    Jennie & Laketa VO: Staying active.

    Jennie VO: Especially if you are suffering from arthritis or pain of any kind yourself, that sort of is like a silent suffering.

    Laketa VO: Nobody wants to be a debbie-downer all the time, you know? Like start moving a little bit more…

    Jennie VO: It’s so hard to remember to do, isn't it?

    Laketa VO: It is so hard, like drinking water!

    Laketa VO: Laughs

    Jennie VO: Yeah, I try to stretch when I wake up and I always forget.

    Laketa VO: Yeah, paying more attention to it now because I’m aware.

    Jennie VO: There’s a beautiful spot over here I want to show you.

    Laketa VO: Walking with you has been wonderful.

    Jennie VO: How could this not lift your spirits?

    Laketa VO: I know, it is gorgeous.

    Jennie VO: When you think back to the beginning of your caregiving journey, what would you tell yourself?

    Laketa VO: I would say, Laketa, take care of you. You can't take care of anybody else if you don't take care of yourself.

    Jennie VO: And isn’t it great that Voltaren is bringing awareness to caregivers?

    Laketa VO: Most definitely, most definitely.

    Laketa VO: People have been overlooked for a long time.

    Text: It’s not just movement.

    Text: It’s walking alongside each other, and millions of other caregivers in America

    Text: The joy of movement.


Man smiling on mountain top

Meet Rob Faubion

Rob currently cares for his husband, who has early onset dementia. He has also been assisting his parents ever since his father suffered a stroke so they can continue to live independently.

READ ROB’S FULL STORY

Man smiling on mountain top
  • Show Transcript

    Text: Rob, Caregiver

    Text: Use as directed.

    Text: Jennie, Actress & Caregiver

    Jennie VO: Rob?

    Rob VO: Jennie!

    Jennie VO: Hi.

    Rob VO: Wonderful to meet you.

    Jennie VO: So nice to meet you!

    Jennie VO: How are you?

    Rob VO: I’m doing great!

    Jennie VO: I can't wait to hear your story.

    Text: Voltaren Arthritis Pain presents…

    Text: CareWalks

    Jennie VO: Thank you for coming out here!

    Rob VO: It’s a beautiful space.

    Jennie VO: Isn’t it? So beautiful.

    Jennie VO: So tell me, who do you care for?

    Rob VO: So I care for my parents. They're in their mid 80s and they still live independently, but I help them so that they can.

    Rob VO: I also have a husband who has early onset dementia and so I help care for him as well.

    Jennie VO: Wow, that’s a lot, you have a lot on your plate.

    Rob VO: It is a lot, but I get to spend a lot of time with people that I love.

    Jennie VO: I know you have work, how do you do it all?

    Rob VO: It really is a juggling act to be able to do all of that and then to find time for myself as well. It’s so easy to..

    Jennie VO: Lose yourself.

    Rob VO: Lose yourself because you're spending so much time taking care of the other person.

    Jennie VO: And it’s 24/7.

    Rob VO: Many times it is. I haven’t reached that point yet with my caregiving, but I know that I will.

    Jennie VO: How do you make others understand what it’s like to be a caregiver?

    Rob VO: Well that’s really difficult, everyone's journey is different.

    Rob VO: But most all caregivers have the same issues they’re dealing with of finances and time and still be there for the person they’re caring for.

    Jennie VO: So tell me, how has joint pain affected your ability to be a caregiver?

    Rob VO: Certainly having osteoarthritis has made it more difficult for me to be a caregiver.

    Rob VO: My biggest joint pain is in my knees.

    Jennie VO: Well that’s got to be hard when you’re in pain yourself.

    Rob VO: It is. It slows you down and you don't feel like you’re giving your loved one your best.

    Jennie VO: So what are some of the ways that you cope with the sort of emotional side of having joint pain?

    Rob VO: Staying active is always very important.

    Jennie VO: Yeah, for me it's stretching.

    Rob VO: And being consistent in exercise.

    Jennie VO: Absolutely. Sedentary is the worst thing you can do for your body and all your aches and pains, I find.

    Rob VO: If you're not moving, you're not moving forward.

    Jennie VO: I like that.

    Jennie VO: I know - I don’t know about you, but I just feel, I get irritated when I have aches and pains.

    Jennie VO: You know? I don't want to be slowed down.

    Rob VO: We have in our minds, the best kind of care that we want to provide and then when our body won't let us do that, we get mad at ourselves.

    Rob VO: And that’s being unfair to ourselves.

    Rob VO: We didn't ask for this joint pain but we learned to work around it.

    Jennie VO: The thing about osteoarthritis is no one knows that I’m suffering with it, you know? It's something that I kind of try to hide.

    Jennie VO: It's a little embarrassing. You don't want everybody to know and then it's something you just have to deal with, you know?

    Jennie VO: And it’s not going to go away.

    Jennie VO: You can just treat it and hope that you can continue living the lifestyle that you want to live.

    Jennie VO: Is that the lilac tree you were telling me about?

    Rob VO: There’s a lilac and then that one right there is in full bloom.

    Jennie VO: Woah, that's a big one.

    Rob VO: It is gorgeous.

    Jennie VO: It’s beautiful.

    Jennie VO: It's so nice to meet you, thank you for coming on this walk with me.

    Rob VO: I’ve enjoyed it very much.

    Rob VO: It’s so important that we have a chance to tell our stories.

    Jennie VO: I am so grateful that Voltaren is recognizing caregivers

    Rob VO: I am too.

    Text: It’s not just movement.

    Text: It’s walking alongside each other, and millions of other caregivers in America

    Text: The joy of movement.

Tips for Relieving Pain

When you’re focused on caring for a loved one, it’s easy to forget about your own arthritis pain. That’s why we’ve put together a few simple tips that can help you prioritize finding arthritis pain relief and ultimately get back to experiencing the joy of movement.

Tip 1

Practice Mindfulness

Working on breathing techniques and meditation will help to tackle symptoms of stress and burnout, which can contribute to bodily inflammation and pain5.

Tip 2

Keep Moving

Taking part in any low-impact exercises that require you to move around. Movement does wonders for your body by helping to reduce arthritis pain6, while also helping your mind and soul.

Tip 3

Eat Healthy

Nourishing your body with nutritious food like fish, nuts, fruits, and leafy greens will aid in reducing inflammation7 —your joints will thank you later!

Tip 4

Try Medication

Using a product like Voltaren Gel can help relieve your arthritis pain. Talk to your doctor about the right arthritis treatment for you.


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While caring for a loved one can be rewarding, it’s certainly never easy. Check out the articles below to better understand the weight caregivers carry on their shoulders and to find guidance on how to alleviate some of that weight.



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Woman smiling on hiking trail

Meet Laketa Caston

Laketa has been a family caregiver twice. She first cared for her uncle for over five years while he lived with Alzheimer’s and is currently caring for her 90 year-old aunt.

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Through her time as a caregiver, Laketa has experienced how having the support of others around you can make a world of difference. Her story provides us with great insight for how to preserve one’s own identity, what other family members can do to help out, along with the importance of staying active to combat osteoarthritis pain. All of this can help protect family caregivers from feeling isolated, burnt out and overwhelmed.

Laketa Stretching
Man smiling on mountain top

Meet Rob Faubion

Rob currently cares for his husband, who has early onset dementia. He has also been assisting his parents ever since his father suffered a stroke so they can continue to live independently.

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Caring for both his parents and husband has made Rob keenly aware of the importance of finding time for yourself. His story shines a light on the feelings of isolation that take over when you dedicate so much time caring for loved ones. However, Rob’s testimony is also an example of why taking time for self-care and moving your body makes a significant difference, both physically and emotionally.

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