Gary Barg, Editor-In-Chief of Today’s Caregiver, conducted the interview and reflects on the wonderful insight that Valerie learned as a caregiver:
· “Take the opportunity to tell them you love them [laugh], however that manifests itself.”
· “I listen”
· “Respect them even if they’re not making sense. Keep respect for their humanity in the room.”
· “Keep the question in front of you: ‘How can I help in this moment?’ Just in this moment, not forever.”
"We learned with great sadness about Valerie’s brain cancer diagnosis this week. She was a real joy to talk with for this interview. Valerie is a great comedienne, someone who truly loves her family and community, and a dedicated family caregiver. We are proud to be able to share some of her lessons for her fellow family caregivers in this issue of the magazine and grieve for her friends and loved ones at the news,” said Gary Barg Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Today,s Caregiver magazine and caregiver.com.
Today’s Caregiver magazine, http://www.caregiver.com since 1995, the nation’s most recognized print magazine, Web and conference training community http://www.caregiver.com educating, training and supporting family and professional caregivers in print, online and in person.
Caregiver Media Group has become the recognized media authority on caregiving through Today’s Caregiver magazine, Caregiver.com, the Fearless Caregiver Conferences, the award winning book, “The Fearless Caregiver: How to Get the Best Care for Your Loved One and Still Have a Life of Your Own,” as well as Caregiver Media Group's award winning content and custom publications.
Today’s Caregiver magazine contains cover interviews with celebrity caregivers, articles on caregiving issues and vital resources for all caregivers. Cover interviews have included Leeza Gibbons, Clay Walker, Kathy Greenlee, Debbie Reynolds, Dixie Carter, Debbie Reynolds, Della Reese, Linda Dano, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Patricia Richardson, Robert Urich and Clay Aiken. The digital version of the magazine is available free of charge at Caregiver.com.
Barg’s new book, “The Caregiving Ties that Bind,” which was just released in 2013, is about the lessons learned from the over 100 interview he has conducted with celebrity caregivers. http://www.caregiver.com