Helen Reddy has won a Grammy Award, appeared on Broadway and in feature films, and is credited with singing and writing one of the most iconic songs of the 1970s, “I Am Woman.” Her musical hits also include the well-known songs, “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” “Delta Dawn,” “Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress),” “You and Me Against the World” and “Angie Baby.” Helen is also a practicing clinical hypnotherapist based in Sydney and patron of the Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists.
Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg sat down with Helen to discuss her life’s work.
I know you retired from
performing in 2002 and now are a
practicing hypnotherapist. What
caused the change in your
I had been in show business for
nearly 55 years, since I was
five years old. I wanted to do
something else and hypnotism was
a lifelong interest.
You explore the evolution of
that transition in your book.
What made you decide to write
A Healthy Appetite at Any Age
By Jennifer Bradley,
The average person has a difficult time turning down
a bowl of their favorite ice cream, unless under the
influence of a serious flu bug. Even then, it’s usually
not a hard sell! A loss of appetite, however, is very
common in the senior citizen community. Caregivers must
be aware of their loved one’s eating habits to ensure
nutritional requirements are being met. ..continued
What to do About Mom or Dad
Find the Expertise You Need in a
Professional Geriatric Care Manager
By Cheryl Smith, MA
ou are managing your time pretty
well—things are tight and there are activities you would
like to add to your schedule, like a yoga class or a new
hobby, but you just can’t juggle one more thing...continued
Nip Depression in the Bud:
Warning Signs to Look For
By Mary Damiano
While caregivers are defined as the
people taking care of those needing help, they sometimes
overlook the fact that caregiving responsibilities can
take a toll on their own health.
In addition to physical ailments, caregivers are at risk
for depression. Depression can strike anyone, at any age.
Caregivers need to be especially aware of depression because
of the great load they carry...continued
I am a professional caregiver and I am having a hard time
with the family of the lady I am caring for. The main
problem is that the son said that his mother smelled. So I
put a shower chair in the shower and use a hand held shower
to wash her off. She is completely deaf without her hearing
aid, so I cannot tell her what I am going to do before
washing a body part. The chair helped and so did the hand
held shower device. She refuses to use soap, but I have to
use it or she will stink. She screams when I wash her and
tries to push my hand away. I have warmed up some towels and
used them after the shower because she complains that she is
cold; she hates those too. The son took the shower chair out
of the shower, so now I will not be able to wash her easily.
Next time, I am going to put my bathing suit on and wash
her. Any other ideas?
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