NEW EPISODES OF 'YOUR TURN TO CARE' HOSTED BY HOLLY ROBINSON PEETE
2 AND 9 AT 8 PM ON KCET
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
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
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
§ 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
§ Shawn Herz, Director, Los
Angeles Caregiver Resource Center
§ Molly Forrest, Director, LA
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.
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
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.
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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