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The Valerie Harper Interview (Page 3 of 3)

Gary Barg:  What is the most important piece of advice you have for a family caregiver?

Valerie Harper:  Take the opportunity to tell them you love them [laugh], however that manifests itself. And if you don’t think you do, find a way to show it. “I just always loved you in red.” Whatever. And I guess listen; like in life, listen, and respect them even if they’re not making sense. Keep respect for their humanity in the room. And don’t get into old patterns if you can. Try to communicate in a new and supportive way. And keep the question in front of you: “How can I help in this moment?” Just in this moment, not forever. I guess that’s it.


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