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Catching Health with Diane Atwood
57 minutes | a month ago
Learn how to have compassionate conversations
Stephen Andrew's mission in life is to help people who are struggling with a chronic illness like alcoholism. He goes about it in many different ways, but at the core of every one of his endeavors is compassion. In this podcast, Stephen, who is a licensed clinical social worker, explains how we can and why we should try to have compassionate conversations — even in the worst of situations.
11 minutes | 3 months ago
Denise Kinney's muscle weakness turned out to be something serious
Looking back at her childhood, Denise Kinney, now in her 50s, says she always had some degree of muscle weakness and she didn't have the stamina other kids had, but she enjoyed athletics. However, whenever she played basketball, by the second quarter, she'd be out of energy and didn't know why. Decades later, she finally got the answer, but not because she had been searching all those years. She'd simply been living and enjoying her life when one day everything changed. Denise shares her story in this episode of the Catching Health podcast.
45 minutes | 4 months ago
A conversation about aging with Elizabeth Johnson
My guest in this episode of the Catching Health podcast has put me to shame! From the moment she wakes up and wiggles her toes until she slides under her blankets at night, Liz Johnson is on the move. She might be dancing or she might be pulling weeds, but even if she's lounging (I'm not convinced she ever does), her brain certainly isn't. She takes classes, plays bridge, none of which she can do in person right now because of the pandemic. That hasn't slowed her down a bit. She just fires up her computer, clicks on a Zoom invitation, and off she goes. Join us for a conversation about aging that will inspire you to be more active.
28 minutes | 5 months ago
Some advice and perspectives on growing older
What is old? Wendy Adlerstein, my guest on this episode of the Catching Health podcast, suggests that it has more to do with attitude than how many birthdays you've celebrated. She's a licensed social worker with a certificate in gerontology and the Executive Director of FirstLight Homecare in the Boston area. We tackled several issues related to getting older that are definitely worth listening to, especially if you or your parents are getting older.
48 minutes | 6 months ago
Dr. Fred Craigie on living a meaningful, joyful, and peaceful life
What does it mean to be you? If that seems like a question that would require deep reflection, you are right. It's exactly what psychologist Dr. Fred Craigie is inviting us to do. In this Catching Health podcast, he has a wealth of questions to help lead us along a path of self-reflection and he has a new book that we should certainly take along on our journey.
34 minutes | 6 months ago
Looking forward to the future one scarf at a time
When COVID forced a lockdown in London in early March, Hazell Jacobs knew she had to find something to help her cope. She found inspiration in her vast scarf collection and decided to write a blog about them. Its title Scarf Aid is an apt one. The stories about her scarves that she has been weaving since March have brought comfort not only to Hazell but to her growing list of followers. This is Hazell's story.
37 minutes | 6 months ago
Catherine Gentile, author
The title of this post says Catherine Gentile, author. She is so much more, but her greatest strength is her ability to pull gold from her life experiences and observations of the lives of others and weave them into meaningful stories that touch us all. As you will learn from our conversation, Catherine has been writing since she was a young child, and now, a few plus decades later, she is a published author celebrating the release of a new book — Small Lies. One of the personal experiences she draws from is her late mother's diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. It led her to write the book The Quiet Roar of a Hummingbird, start a support group in her community, create an online publication called Together with Alzheimer's, and make some lifestyle changes to improve her health and, hopefully, prevent getting Alzheimer's herself. Enjoy our conversation and learn. I certainly did.
27 minutes | 7 months ago
The truth about women and retirement
Two friends — one retired, the other thinking about it — were curious about how other working women were handling this monumental transition in their lives. So curious they decided to send out a questionnaire to women everywhere. About 300 women responded and boy, did they have a lot to say. The answers Leslie Inman and Roxanne Jones received were rich and full of truth and wisdom. While retirement or the idea of it, was scary for some women, many others said it was an exciting time of growth. Over and over, women asked if they planned to write a book, and hoped they would. That wasn't the plan when they started their project, but it is now! I guess it's obvious that Leslie and Roxanne don't plan to take it easy in this phase of their lives. Even though they have busy schedules these days, they took a break to talk with me about some of the responses they received and about the book they're working on — Retirement Voices: Women reveal what life after work is really like.
38 minutes | 7 months ago
Navigating Glioblastoma: A Caregiver's Perspective
"A shapeshifter, crafty and intelligent. It mutates, resists lethal weapons, keeps itself just out of reach of just the smartest interventions." These are the words that Sally Connolly uses to describe glioblastoma, the brain cancer that took her husband Peter's life in 2016. In her newly published memoir, Sally not only recounts their three-year struggle that followed her husband's first surgery and diagnosis but she also tries to provide some guidance and lessons about caregiving that she learned mostly the hard way. Her story is both heart-wrenching and heartening.
42 minutes | 8 months ago
A conversation about aging with a soaring senior
Rita Losee describes herself as a Woman of adventure, Doctor of Success, Proponent of Prosperity, InspirACTional Speaker, Author. She is that and more. Decades ago, she made a promise to herself that she would live a life of adventure. What a ride it has been and she is not even close to slowing down. At 78, Rita is also doing her best to encourage people to follow her lead. Instead of thinking it's all downhill from here, you could be a soaring senior — just like Rita.
40 minutes | 9 months ago
Your aging parents are getting a divorce? Now what?
Whether they were caught off guard or they've been expecting their parents to divorce for years, many adult children are rocked to the core when it actually happens. Family therapists Carol Hughes and Bruce Fredenburg have written a book called Home Will Never Be the Same Again. They did it because, in their experience, few people recognize the impact divorce can have on adult children. In this episode of the Catching Health podcast, the authors offer a useful guide for so-called adult children of gray divorce.
20 minutes | 9 months ago
Our Wisdom Years with Dr. Charles Garfield
How can you grow older with joy, fulfillment, resilience, and no regrets? You could begin by reading the book Our Wisdom Years by psychologist Dr. Charles Garfield. Instead of fighting against aging or later life as he calls it, he suggests that we embrace the opportunity to live a more meaningful life. His book provides a roadmap that is guaranteed to lead you down a road of adventure and deep reflection. Listen to our conversation and learn more.
47 minutes | 9 months ago
Jim Mardin, 98: Conversations About Aging
At 98, Jim Mardin has led an incredible life, and he intends to keep on living it for several more years. We had our conversation shortly before COVID-19 forced him to stop his three days a week volunteer job. He still drives, takes no medications, enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, and loves sharing stories about his life. He is kind, optimistic, curious, unafraid, and very entertaining.
65 minutes | a year ago
Wayne Newell, 77: Conversations About Aging
Wayne Newell is a Passamaquoddy Indian Man who was born and raised on the Pleasant Point Indian Reservation in Maine. After getting a Master's degree at Harvard he and his family made their home on the nearby Indian Township Reservation, where he taught until his retirement in 2012. Although struggling with health issues, his mind and spirit are going strong. I hope you enjoy our conversation and learn as much as I did.
43 minutes | a year ago
Joe Cupo, 68: Conversations About Aging
For many people in Maine, my guest in this episode of Conversations About Aging is like an old friend. For 37 years, he broadcast the weather on the state's top news station — WCSH-TV. What's Joe Cupo up to now? He's enjoying retirement to the fullest and still keeping an eye on the weather.
49 minutes | a year ago
Sister Maureen Wallace, 76: Conversations About Aging
What do you think it would be like to live your life as a nun? In this episode of Conversations About Aging, Sister Maureen Wallace gives us a glimpse into what it's been like for her. Trust me, it may not be exactly what you had imagined.
39 minutes | a year ago
Ann Quinlan, 81: Conversations About Aging
Ann Quinlan was born and raised in Ireland and now makes her home in Falmouth, Maine. If you've always wanted to visit Ireland, you're in luck. Ann has been leading tours for many, many years and knows some of the best and most interesting spots. That’s just one of the tales she’ll tell us about in the latest episode of Conversations About Aging.
47 minutes | a year ago
Jennifer Fitzpatrick, 71: Conversations About Aging
Today's guest and her husband are retired now and making the most of their time together. They keep busy with chores, hobbies, and family, but once a week they choose someplace interesting and fun to visit. It's an opportunity to enjoy each other's company and to explore Maine. You never know where you might find them!
45 minutes | a year ago
Alma Thomas, 96: Conversations About Aging
Alma Thomas was the next to the youngest of 10 children. Now she is the only one left. She lived through the depression and World War II and was working in New York City when the war ended. She eventually moved to Maine to marry a widower with five children. They added two more children to the family and lived a full life together until his death in 2001. At 96, you can bet that Alma has lots of stories to tell. I'm so grateful that she decided to share some of them with us.
32 minutes | a year ago
Loring "Bob" Newcomb, 94: Conversations About Aging
It may be a cliché, but life does have its ups and downs. That's certainly been true for Loring Newcomb, who prefers to be called Bob. He says if he could go back in time, he might change a few things. He'd change some things right now, too. At 94, he's pretty active, but he says he's often lonely. Hear Bob's story in the latest episode of Conversations About Aging.
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