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 Tuesday July 12, 2011 - Issue #42

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief An Interview with Helen Reddy

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.

Gary Barg:         I know you retired from performing in 2002 and now are a practicing hypnotherapist. What caused the change in your career?

Helen Reddy:   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. 

GB:   You explore the evolution of that transition in your book.  What made you decide to write it?...continued

Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

A Healthy Appetite at Any Age

By Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer

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

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Guest Column

What to do About Mom or Dad
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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

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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

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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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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with
Helen Reddy

Feature Article
A Healthy Appetite at Any Age

Guest Column
What to do About Mom or Dad

Nip Depression in the Bud: Warning Signs to Look For  


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