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Kirk Matthews was winning. He had only to sink the eight ball into one of the pockets of a new pool table, and he’d have the victory.

“Eight ball, corner pocket,” he said.

New York State Department of Health


The New York state health department unveiled what it called a “holiday gift for caregivers” Wednesday in New York City. It’s a book that the department says will make life easier for people who take care of others who can’t support themselves, although state health commissioner Howard Zucker said the gift is more than just a book.

“It’s got stickies, pens and a pad, and then we have the caregiver book itself,” Zucker said. He described the book as full of information caregivers need.

A group of local churches is concerned about the health of caregivers, and they're imploring caregivers, "You don't have to do it alone." It's a series of four events designed to help provide support and resources for caregivers.

Our guests discuss it:

  • Biagio Zarcone, community care manager at Senior Options For Independence
  • Ellen O'Connor, director of community services at Fairport Baptist Home
  • Tim Alexander, senior pastor of Perinton Community Church
  • Cathy Little, caregiver

More than 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease. It’s one of the fastest growing diseases in the U.S., and the sixth leading cause of death.

When we talk about Alzheimer’s, the focus is usually on patients, but what about the people who care for them? A number of local organizations, including Lifespan and the Alzheimer’s Association, are partnering to offer a new respite program for caregivers. We learn more about the program, and new research on Alzheimer’s disease. Our guests:

Andi Zeisler

On this week’s edition of Need to Know Rochester we discuss the B-word and a movement that’s reclaiming that word in an effort to generate activism and bring a thoughtful feminist response to mainstream media. Andi Zeisler, co-counder of the journal Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture talks with WXXI’s Hélène Biandudi Hofer prior to her presentation at the University of Rochester for Women’s History Month. Click here to learn more about events taking place at the U of R in celebration of Women’s History Month.