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Fearless Caregiver Newsletter
 Tuesday April 2nd, 2013 - Issue #130

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From The Editor

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

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 when my husband, Rodney, basically told me to stop feeling sorry for myself that my dad had Parkinson's disease, but to feel blessed that we had the resources to take care of him when so many people did not. We provide physical, occupational and speech therapies and other services to families affected by Parkinson's disease that otherwise would not be able to access those services. So we are thrilled to be able to continue his legacy by helping other people with Parkinson's disease; especially since my dad has been gone, it has been eight years now...read more

Take Care

Gary Barg


Feature Article

The 411 on Parkinson's
By Sandra Ray, Staff Writer

Receiving a diagnosis of Parkinsonís disease (PD) can be devastating for families. Even more devastating is not understanding the disease, how to live with it, how it can be treated, or anything else about this debilitating disease. Families can be desperate for information on PD and what to expect in the coming weeks, months, and years...read more

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Guest Column

Hiring an In-Home Caregiver
What You Donít Know Could Hurt You
By Jennifer Luna Friedrich

For older adults, in-home non-medical care might be the key to independence. However, the quality of care depends on the quality of the caregiver. When looking for in-home care, finding the best service can be a challenge. This article offers suggestions on what to look for when hiring a caregive...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...read more

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I need some insightful crafty ideas to help my client take the right meds at the right time after my shift is done and I am gone for the day! She has a weekly med container with four slots of meds in each day to take. Iím only there for the first two and not the second two.  She has taken the wrong meds at the wrong time and I've tried all the ideas my not-so-crafty brain could think of.  I need to get this problem fixed.  Any suggestions?


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with Rodney and Holly Robinson Peete

Feature Article
The 411 on Parkinson's

Guest Column
Hiring an In-Home Caregiver

Surviving a Fractured Hip


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