New Episodes of 'Your Turn to Care' Hosted by Holly Robinson Peete Air May 2 and 9 at 8 PM

NEW EPISODES OF 'YOUR TURN TO CARE' HOSTED BY HOLLY ROBINSON PEETE

   AIR MAY 2 AND 9 AT 8 PM ON KCET

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Two additional programs from the multi-faceted public television initiative explore the most challenging steps of the caregiving journey: asking for help from healthcare professionals and celebrating last moments together.

Series features leading experts on aging, including acclaimed author Gail Sheehy, as well as personal stories from Hector Elizondo, Robert David Hall, Sandra Tsing Loh and Steve Lopez.  


LOS ANGELES--April 18, 2012--KCET, the nation's largest independent public television station serving Southern and Central California, will debut two new episodes of the original series on caregiving, Your Turn to Care, hosted by Holly Robinson Peete May 2 at 8 p.m. (repeats 5/3 at 2:30 p.m. and 5/5 at 4:30 p.m.) and May 9 at 8 p.m. (repeats 5/10 at 2:30 p.m. and 5/12 at 4:30 p.m.)


Your Turn to Care is a multi-faceted public television initiative exploring the challenges facing America's growing generation of baby boomers taking care of ailing or aging loved ones.  Scheduled for national distribution this summer, 30-minute quarterly programs focus on different families at various crossroads along the caregiver's journey; offering viewers solutions, resources and hope through inspiring stories. Viewers can also access the program's robust companion web site (www.yourturntocare.org) to explore a wealth of additional information, such as extended interviews and back stories, helpful links and resources as well as tips from guest experts.


The upcoming two programs explore some of the most challenging steps of the caregiving journey: how to ask for help from healthcare professionals and how best to prepare for and approach the final goodbye.


Robinson Peete, an acclaimed actress and award-winning author, shares her own experiences of caring for her father who had Parkinson's disease.  Viewers will also hear personal caregiving stories from Hector Elizondo (Last Man Standing), Robert David Hall (CSI Crime Scene Investigation), Sandra Tsing Loh (NPR's Morning Edition, KPCC) and Steve Lopez (Los Angeles Times columnist).


In addition, several expert voices across Southern California help contextualize complex caregiving issues for viewers. They include:

§  Gail Sheehy, best-selling author of 16 books on key passages of adulthood, including Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos into Confidence

§  Dr. Gary Small, a renowned expert at UCLA who studies longevity, aging, Alzheimer's prevention and memory, and best-selling author of seven books, including The Alzheimer's Prevention Program

§  Professor Fernando Torres-Gil, director of the Center for Policy Research on Aging at UCLA, and author of more than 80 articles and six books, including The New Aging: Politics and Change in America

§  Dawn Clark-Johnson, eldercare attorney

§  Shawn Herz, Director, Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center

§  Molly Forrest, Director, LA Jewish Home


Your Turn to Care is produced by KCET with executive producer Margaret Hussey, and Bret Marcus, KCET's chief content officer. The initiative is made possible by MetLife Foundation, California Community Foundation, The Lippey Family Trust, and Gladyce L. Foster.  For more information, please visit: http://www.kcet.org/shows/yourturntocare/about/

 

New episodes include:

May 2: deals with three families who discover they can't do it all and need to reach out for help from institutions, elder care professionals and attorneys. This highly emotional decision can be extremely costly if you don't have long-term care insurance or qualify for government assistance. The world of assisted living facilities and financial benefits is complex and difficult to navigate especially, when a crisis occurs.

 

May 9: explores the final chapter of caregiving and how palliative care can change the way both the patient and his or her caregivers take this final journey. And, Steve Lopez, renowned writer for the Los Angeles Times reveals his own personal story of caring for his aging father. While the episode explores the inevitable, it also shares the stories of three remarkable "super seniors" who are re-defining what it means to grow old as well as a 90 and 100 year old couple who seem to have found the very sexy secret to staying young. This is a show about how we are both taking control over how we die and discovering ways to prevent it as long as possible.

 

 

ABOUT HOLLY ROBINSON PEETE

Actress, author, talk show host, activist and philanthropist, Holly Robinson Peete has been touched by the entertainment industry all of her life.  Her television career as an actress dates back nearly three decades. Her life experience has led her to becoming a voice for her father, her son and her community.

 

In 1996, Robinson Peete and her husband, former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, formed the HollyRod Foundation, inspired by her father's courageous battle with Parkinson's disease, with the mission to help improve the quality of life of people with Parkinson's. Then in 2005, inspired by their oldest son's autism diagnosis, HollyRod Foundation's mission expanded to provide access to treatment, support and other resources to disenfranchised families affected by autism.  Through HollyRod Foundation and her family's personal experiences, Robinson Peete has become an advocate for consistent and reliable education, support and compassionate care for both Parkinson's and autism.  

 

Her autism advocacy also extends to her book co-written with daughter, Ryan Elizabeth Peete. In 2010, they released their award winning children's picture book about autism from the sibling's perspective, entitled My Brother Charlie (Scholastic).  A follow up book exploring autism and adolescence is due out in 2012.

 

Over the years, Holly has received numerous accolades and awards for her philanthropic work : from the Anheuser Busch John E. Jacob Community Service Award to her most recent honor, Thurgood Marshall Foundation Award. In addition to her philanthropic work through her own foundation, Robinson Peete has become involved in other organizations as well.  She currently sits on the Board of Directors of Autism Speaks, the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) and the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

 

ABOUT KCET

On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. KCET currently produces the Emmy®, duPont-Columbia and Peabody Award-winning SoCal Connected, a hard-hitting prime-time weekly television news program that examines the issues and people of Southern California. Throughout its 48-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org.

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