Caregiver Thought Leader Interview Ray Harris President of Harris Communications, Inc.
Gary Barg: Why is it so important not to ignore hearing loss?
Ray Harris: That’s a great question. There are several reasons not to ignore hearing loss. First, it’s extremely frustrating not just for the person with hearing loss, but also their caregivers, their family and their loved ones. And second, it’s physically exhausting trying to follow along with conversations and often the person with hearing loss starts to withdraw from social settings and become isolated. Studies by John’s Hopkins University show that you’re about twice as likely to develop depression and anywhere from two to five times more likely to develop dementia if you leave your hearing loss untreated so there are many different reasons not to ignore hearing loss. ...read more
Caregiver Thought Leader Interview Gayle Tuttle Vice President of Market Innovation HAP Innovations, LLC
Gary Barg: I am honored to talk with you, as a 2017 Today’s Caregiver Friendly Award winner. I know that spencer just knocked out the judges. Can you tell me a little more about spencer and the role that technology plays in supporting caregivers when dealing with medication management?
Gayle Tuttle: Absolutely. And I think spencer's blushing right now with that compliment. So, thank you. I mention that he's blushing, I’m only partially teasing, since he is designed to be very engaging and interactive. ..read more
Caroline J. Cederquist is the Co-Founder and Medical Director of Silver Cuisine.
Gary Barg: Dr. Cederquist, you are a board certified Bariatric physician and your primary focus is on weight management. One challenge we have as family caregivers is that we have so little time to make sure loved ones get the proper nutrition. Is that why you created Silver Cuisine by BistroMD?
Dr. Cederquist: Yes, absolutely. People underestimate how much time it takes to eat well. Eating well will mean different things for different people, but usually you’re trying to get good quality sources of lean protein, without a lot of fat. The preparation of protein like chicken, fish, turkey, lean pork, is actually work. You have to buy it, make sure you cook it to the appropriate temperature, and make sure it’s not chewy to overdone.
Steve Kaufman is the CEO and Founder of Hands Free, Inc. The makers of Quikiks Hands-Free Shoes
Gary Barg: Steve, tell me about Quikiks Hand Free Shoes and why it's so important for family caregivers to know about them?
Steve Kaufman: Sure, Gary, thanks. Why is it important that caregivers know about hands free shoes? For many people it is a daily struggle to put on their shoes due to all sorts of conditions. Whether it be vertigo, obesity, chronic back pain, severe arthritis, Cerebral Palsy or Parkinson's—there's just a whole host of conditions that make it difficult for people to put their shoes on independently.
Fran Fisher is the creator of the Geri-Fit® program.
Gary Barg: I love the name of your organization, Geri-Fit. Can you tell me what Geri-Fit is and what it does?
Fran Fisher: It is basically just a shortening for Geriatric Fitness, so Geri-Fit. We are teaching older people how to stay fit and healthy well into their golden years, so they are able to enjoy life later on. That is what we are all about.
A nationally recognized expert in nursing, thanatology and leadership. She is the author of two books: Dying in God’s Hands, which is designed to comfort the dying and their loved ones, and Purses & Shoes For Sale, which focuses on caring for elderly parents.
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Dr. Samuel Henderson is the Vice President for Research and Development at Accera, Inc. He has more than 15 years of experience in neurodegenerative disease research. Dr. Henderson received his PhD in molecular genetics and cell biology from the University of Chicago.