Winkler is an actor, director,
author and producer. He is best
known for playing the iconic role of
“Fonzie” on the 1970s sitcom Happy
Days. Originally his part was
secondary, but after just a few
episodes, “Fonzie Fever” swept the
Henry is also ambassador for the
Open Arms Campaign supporting people
living with upper limb spasticity
(ULS), which affected his mother
after her stroke in 1989.
Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg sat down
with Henry Winkler to talk about the
Open Arms Campaign, and caring for
ourselves as we care for our loved
Let me start by saying, Welcome, Mr.
I know that you have an OBE
Knighthood from the Queen of
England, but you are also the
Ambassador for the Open Arms
Campaign to help educate people
about upper limb spasticity [ULS].
How did you get involved in the
Winkler: Well, my mother had a
stroke in ‘89 causing upper limb
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By Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer
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loved one finds out it’s hereditary, the unknown
becomes even more concerning.
Neuropathy is a disease of one or
more nerves that leads to weakness and wasting of
Caring for a Child with Diabetes
By Michelle Reynolds
diabetes are the same as any other children in the need for
attention, guidance, and love, but they have special needs
when it comes to controlling their diabetes. Diabetes comes
in two forms with children almost always diagnosed with Type
1, known as insulin-dependent, requiring regular injections
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Balance – Fall Prevention
What does it mean and what can be done about it?
By Lori Peppi Michiel
Maintaining balance is the
result of a complex interaction of many systems in
the human body. With aging, changes occur that
reduce how efficient these systems work. Many
identifying risk factors for falling can be, but not
limited to, balance/gait problems, prior falls,
vision, limited ability to perform Activities of
Daily Living (ADL’s), depression/dementia and
My father is 96 and has been in hospice
at his assisted living facility for three months. I have
found that even with both services, no one is really
overseeing his care but me. The concept of assisted living
does not provide for this kind of care. The ratio of
residents to staff is too high and those residents who are
more verbal and demanding get the most attention. My father
is neither. Only occasionally do I find a conscientious
staff member who checks in on Dad and tends to his needs,
and that changes with each shift.
Hospice is wonderful, but this agency is
limited by its scope and staff as well. Now that Dad is
doing so poorly, it's been necessary for me to be there
constantly or to hire additional help to watch over him. I
would caution others to ask around about the level of care
in the assisted living facility he or she is considering.
It's something I wish I had considered more carefully when I
made the initial living arrangements for my father.
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