COMBAT BLINDNESS CELEBRATES 35 YEARS OF VISION

Guests:  Suresh Chandra, MD, Founder; Reena Chandra Rajpal, President; Gordon Derzon, Board VP; Combat Blindness International

Founded by Suresh Chandra, MD, Emeritus Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Combat Blindness International is celebrating 35 years of alleviating avoidable blindness around the world.

Headquartered in Madison, CBI has sponsored the screening of over 2.2 million men, women and children in 15 countries on 4 continents. Cataract causes half of global blindness, and CBI has funded more than 360,000 cataract surgeries, screened over 700,000 children and supported the education of over 350 ophthalmic technicians in India and the training of residents from Brazil and India.

It will all be highlighted on World Sight Day, Thursday evening, October 10, at Monona Terrace, when the community will come together to celebrate the gift of sight Combat Blindness has given to so many in the most vulnerable populations in the world. The goal is to raise $100,000 toward supporting CBI’s expanding International Cataract, Pediatric Eye Care, and Certified Ophthalmic Paramedic Programs. Thanks to two generous donors, up to $100,000 will be matched.

Find registration information at combatblindness.org.

HEALTHCARE 911: FROM A PHYSICIAN’S PERSPECTIVE

Guest:  Bhupendra O. Khatri, MD, FAAN, author

The rise of administrators among others in our current health care system is raising havoc on the traditional patient-physician relationship, says Dr. Bhupendra O. Khatri and author of the new book, HEALTHCARE 911: How America’s broken healthcare system is driving doctors to despair, depriving patients of care, and destroying our reputation in the world.

On this program, Dr. Khatri describes how he sees the “healing nature of medicine” being eroded and how medical providers are experiencing burnout under the unprecedented strain created by economic, regulatory and political forces outside of their control.

Bhupendra O. Khatri, MD, is a neurologist and the founding medical director of one of the largest multiple sclerosis centers in the country. Dr. Khatri lectures nationally and internationally on caring for patients with neurological disorders and on the power of the subconscious mind on healing.

THERE ARE NO RULES TO GRIEF

Guests:  Jessie Shiveler, Community Grief Manager, Agrace Grief Support Center; Meaghan May, parent of deceased child

The worst nightmare a parent can experience is having a child die. Illness, accident, whatever the reason, it doesn’t matter. It is horrible!

That is what happened to Meaghan May, whose 5-year-old son, Dominic, was killed in a freak accident in July 2018. In a matter of a few hours, the May’s family of three children lost the physical presence of their middle child. How do the parents handle their shock and grief while also consoling and being present for Dominic’s older sister and younger brother? And then how does the family go on – move forward?

The May family turned to the Agrace Grief Support Center as a place to start. One year later, they continue to find comfort as a family participating in the programs and activities that help them attain healthy survivorship and honor Dominic’s memory.

On this program, Jessie Shiveler and Meaghan May move between the personal story of the May’s family tragedy and how the stand-alone Agrace Grief Support Center is helping people throughout the community cope with grief – meeting people where they are in the process.

The services of the Agrace Grief Support Center are available to anyone – adults and children – needing guidance and support after a loss.

WHAT LITERACY MEANS TO SUCCESS

Guests:  Jeff Burkhart, Executive Director; Jennifer Peterson, Senior Director of Programs; Tania Rivera, Student Services Manager, Literacy Network

One in seven Dane County adults struggles with low literacy. Without the reading, writing or speaking skills needed in today’s economy, the opportunity for employment stability or career advancement are non-existent. A lack of computer literacy leaves them behind. For parents without these skills, their children may not receive the help with school work they need. And it can affect their health as they are left unable to communicate with their doctor or the health care system.

This is why the Literacy Network exists – to teach reading, writing, communication and computer skills to Dane County adults so they can achieve financial security, well-being and deeper engagement with their families and the community.

On this program, Jeff Burkhart, Jennifer Peterson and Tania Rivera, talk about their proactive efforts to provide the personalized support adult learners need to succeed in today’s society. They share details of their latest initiative – the Transitions Program – a partnership program with Madison College to combine enhanced literacy skills with a defined career path. You’ll also learn more about their citizenship program.

Volunteer opportunities are abundant at the Literacy Network. Volunteers are still needed for the fall semester. Call 608-244-3911 or go to litnetwork.org for more information.

WHAT TO DO NOW IF YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ARE ON THE ALZHEIMER’S JOURNEY…

Guests:  Jennifer Bauer, Executive Director; Noreen Kralapp, Dementia outreach Specialist in Dane County, Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin

When one person is diagnosed with memory impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, or a related form of dementia, the impact is felt by their family and the community as a whole. The journey is a challenging one, and the numbers are increasing.

The Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin is an organization that serves communities in 15 counties in South Central Wisconsin providing programs, services and resources to people who are on the Alzheimer’s journey.

On this program, Jennifer Bauer and Noreen Kralapp describe the breadth of educational and support services they provide and how their programs are bringing joy and minimizing the symptoms and stress inherent in a diagnosis of dementia.

To support the Alliance’s free services, eight Alzheimer’s Walks will be held over five weeks this fall beginning September 7 in Green County. The Walks continue through October 5 in Columbia/Marquette Counties, Dane County, Iowa County, Richland County, Sauk County, Grant County and Crawford County.

More information is available on alzwisc.org.