Barg: Tell me what about the
“Support Partners Canine Companions
Linda Dano: In traveling the
country and talking with thousands
of people, we all realized the
vitally important role that our dogs
and cats and animals in general play
in our lives. They can be more than
just the family pet and actually
become a part of your support team
in a really valuable, intense way.
For instance, when Frank died and I
went down that terrible road of
depression, the one thing aside from
my support team of girlfriends and
doctors, were my dogs. These dogs
were with me when I was all alone,
and because I had them, I was never
completely isolated. Late at night
when I couldn’t sleep, when I felt
no joy and felt hopeless, they were
there. I had a reason to get
up and get out of bed, which is a
key thing for someone suffering from
depression, as you know. Just any of
the little things we take for
granted when we’re feeling good
about ourselves are hard to do; but
if you have a pet, you have to tend
to them: you have to feed them, walk
them; you get away from yourself for
a minute. You have someone to focus
on, and we realized how important
this element of trying to get our
lives back is, so we added canine
companions to the Support Partners
Program. It’s really working, and
people are looking at their pets in
a much different light.
Animals help you focus on something
other than how bad things are; you
look in the eyes of an animal and
GB: What kind of feedback are
you getting from caregivers about
the program?...read more
Seniors & HIV
National HIV Testing Day June 27
There are more than 1 million
people in the United States living with HIV.
One-fourth of them do not know that they are
HIV-infected. The only way to know if you have HIV
is to get tested...read more
Getting A Grip On Swallowing Problems
By Roya Sayadi, Ph.D., CCC-SLP and Joel Herskowitz, M.D.
When you sit down to dinner with your
mother, do you wonder why she constantly clears her
Are you puzzled as to why her nose
runs after nearly every meal?...read more
Surviving a Fractured Hip
By L. Theresa Pantanella, OTR.
Some preparation before a
loved one comes home from the hospital will reduce
the demands on the caregiver, and will facilitate
recovery. It is recommended the caregiver purchase:
1. A reacher. This will enable your loved one to
pick up items from the floor or those just "out of
I want to know if other people living
with Parkinson’s have a lot of mucus? It gets so bad at
times, my husband chokes. He also has a G-tube. He is on a
nebulizer several times a day, which helps some. We worry
about his lungs. Any suggestions?
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