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From The Editor
Interview with Richard Cohen & Meredith Vieira
M. Cohen is an Emmy award winning
television producer and best-selling
author. His book, “Strong at the
Broken Places,” tells the intimate
stories of five people living with
serious chronic illnesses. Richard
and his wife, Meredith Vieira sat
down with Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg
to talk of their lives as parents,
professional communicators, and
partners in care.
Gary Barg: 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.
Meredith Vieira: I wanted to
pick up on what you were saying,
Richard, because perception also
applies to the people who are with
someone who is chronically ill...read more
Art for Alzheimer’s
By Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer
Loved ones with dementia or
Alzheimer’s may be struggling from the four “A’s” of
the disease – anxiety, agitation, aggression and
apathy. Another “A” is a proven way to lessen the
other symptoms, while providing a sense of peace and
familiarity for loved ones. That is “Art.”...read more
RX For The Caregiver
By Janet Listokin, M.A., C.T.R.S.
Do caregivers experience
physical and emotional stress? Do they have
special needs, which are to be addressed so that they
can perform effectively? Are there ways caregivers can,
and must, take care of themselves? “Quality of
Life,” most often, is discussed in terms of the
individual requiring the care. However, it must
also be experienced by the caregiver...read more
Parkinson's Disease: Tips for Caregivers
By Sandra Ray, Staff Writer
With more than one million
people affected with Parkinson’s disease in the
United States today, there are many issues that
caregivers are either facing now or will face in the
future. Parkinson’s disease is a slow, degenerative
disease manifesting itself in stiff muscles,
difficulty walking, and other movement-related
issues over time...read
How do I get my mother to wear
incontinence underwear? When she uses the bathroom,
she does not wipe herself. Urine wets her pants a little
each time and it smells all over the apartment. Every time I
explain and remind her to wipe after using bathroom, we
always got into argument. Any suggestions? Thanks.
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