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 Tuesday March 6, 2012 - Issue #76

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Rodney and Holly Robinson Peete

Mr. and Mrs. Peete, better known as Rodney Peete, NFL Football quarterback, and Holly Robinson Peete, actress, created the HollyRod Foundation to give a voice and a hand to those striving for quality of life when theirs has been diminished due to disease or disorders. Through watching Holly’s father, Matthew T. Robinson, writer, producer and actor, struggle with Parkinson’s disease, the Peetes were moved to form the foundation. After Holly and Rodney’s eldest son, RJ, was diagnosed with autism, the foundation’s mission expanded to create the HollyRod4kids initiative.

Holly and Rodney sat down recently with Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg for a wide-ranging interview about caring for one another and their loved ones, as well as those in need and their family caregivers.

Gary Barg:  You started HollyRod Foundation after Holly's dad, the great Matthew Robinson, was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. He was, of course, noted for being the first Gordon on Sesame Street and also writer and producer of The Cosby Show.  Why did you start the foundation?  What are its goals?

Holly Robinson Peete:  The Foundation was started in 1997...continued

Take Care

Gary Barg


Feature Article

The Caregiver as Employer
By Jude Roberts, Staff Writer

When hiring a professional in-home caregiver, there are a couple of ways in which they can be selected, either from an agency which...continued

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Guest Column

Assistance in the Vitamin Aisle
By Kim Dalzell, PhD, RD, LD

Whether in good or ill health, many of us take dietary supplements in an attempt to feel better, have more energy and enhance...continued


Home Care Tips for Elderly Loved Ones
By Jennifer B. Buckley

If you are caring for an elderly loved one at home, you should make them as comfortable and safe as possible. This can reduce stress...continued



My three siblings and I want to give our mother, who has been diagnosed with stage 4 metastasized liver cancer, the best possible care for her remaining time on Earth.  Instead of having her stay in the senior facility where she is now, we are considering renting a house near a beach or on a lake with 24-hour nursing care. We would be more than happy to pay $3000 to $4000 (what the facility is costing now) if we knew that our mom could look out into this grand world to see something beautiful and serene and allow us the "peace of mind" that there was caregiving with her and hospice nearby when the time came.
We are wondering if other caregivers have tried something similar.  Our mother knows she needs care, but wants to be in a place where she can  enjoy her time as much as possible while having the proper care necessary and available. 
Sincerely looking for ideas,

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with Rodney and Holly Robinson Peete

Feature Article
The Caregiver as Employer

Guest Column
Assistance in the Vitamin Aisle

Home Care Tips for Elderly Loved Ones


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