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From The Editor
An Interview with Richard Cohen & Meredith Vieira
Richard M. Cohen is an Emmy award winning
television producer and best-selling author.
His new book, “Strong at the Broken
Places,” tells the intimate stories of five
people living with serious chronic illnesses.
“Strong at the Broken Places” was born of the
desire of many to share their stories in the
hope that those who are ill and those who love
them will see that they are not alone.
Richard and his wife, Meredith
Vieira who will be resigning as
co-host of the Today show next
month, sat down with
Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg to talk of their lives
as parents, professional communicators, and
partners in care.
Why do you think language is so very important to people living with
chronic illness, and to their families?
Richard Cohen: Well, I think language is a powerful
weapon. People who have chronic illnesses have a constant
battle with how people see them. And I always say, when I’m
talking to groups, that you’re really fighting on two fronts.
You’re not just fighting an illness, you’re fighting public
attitudes and public perceptions of the person with the illness, and
many times that can be worse than the illness....continued
By Naomi Feil, M.S.,
In the Alzheimer’s wing of the nursing home,
93-year-old Ellie Turner stuffs more napkins into her
worn-out black purse. The tarnished gold clasp clicks
into place for the one hundredth time in one hour. “I
have to fix the Underwood,” she says as she moves toward
the bathroom to change her pants...continued
By Ingrid Hekman Fournier
She’s awake.” I say to my husband as we watch TV in
the living room. He’s in one Lazy Boy. I’m in the other.
“Do you want me to go this time?” he asks sincerely...continued
Tips for Caregivers: Coping With
Stress and Anxiety
Here are a few guidelines you
can use now to help alleviate your anxiety:
Recognize and admit that you are feeling stressed and
- Become aware of your body's
symptoms. Don't let them scare you, let them talk to
What assistance is there for caregivers who are now done
with their caregiving duties? From 1994 to 2011, I
cared first for my dad until his passing in 1999 and then my
mom until this April. During these years, I also
was raising my two children (who are now grown). I feel I
have lost my identity between letting go of my children and
now both parents are gone. I find that the greatest
challenge and hurdle I am facing is getting back on my feet
financially and emotionally. I need to continue to be
the wife, mother and grandmother to my immediate family.
They were a great help and definitely my angels sent from
heaven during my caregiving years, but I feel lost and don't
know where to begin on me, myself, my life.
husband and I and my children as well) have sacrificed so
much over the years financially, that we now are truly
hurting and will even need to leave our home of over 17
years. Any regrets? Absolutely not! I am
the baby of five children and my parents were 47 and 40 when
I was born. They both had decent lives till the end;
my Dad passed at 81 and my Mom was 87. I am only 48
and still have a lot of life to live. I just don't
know where to start.
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