JOURNEY OF AGING PAVES THE WAY AND CLEARS THE CLUTTER

Guests:  Amy Johnson, Editor-in-Chief, Journey of Aging;  Lauri Droster, CFP, MBA, Branch Dir. & Sr. VP, RBC Wealth Management, Madison

The concept of aging is in your face. You see it in your parents. You see it in the mirror. So now that you’ve come to terms with the realization that no one is invincible, what do you need to know? Where can you turn to make your life and the ones you love the best they can be in the golden years? If you are asking yourself these questions, then a good place to look for answers is the Journey of Aging semi-annual publication.

On this program, Amy Johnson describes how the publication has expanded over the years to be a comprehensive resource guide for caregivers and aging adults in South Central Wisconsin. Whether you are looking for a broad list of services or articles on such topics as retirement housing, aging at home, Alzheimer’s and dementia, or practical and fun things to do, you’ll find them in Journey of Aging which is available free of charge in public locations.

Also on the program is Lauri Droster who authored the article, “Clearing the Paper Clutter: What Financial Stuff to Hold, and What to Shred” which appears in the latest issue of Journey of Aging.

What should we do with old bank statements? How many years should we keep tax returns? What should we never throw? And what about all those passwords? Hear answers to these and other questions on this program.

WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE TURNS 100

Guest:  Simone Munson, Wisconsin Historical Society

While women today take for granted their right to vote, that wasn’t always the case. The 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, wasn’t passed and ratified until 1919. And it wasn’t easy or quick. Women’s rights groups had been working to accomplish this since 1846.

Wisconsin was the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment on June 10, 1919. On Monday, June 10, 2019, the Wisconsin Historical Society invites the public to a free Women’s Suffrage Centennial Celebration at the Wisconsin State Capitol beginning at noon. For complete details about this event, go to wisconsinhistory.org/votesforwomen.

On this program, Simone Munson, the Wisconsin Historical Society’s expert on women’s suffrage, will walk us through the history of women’s suffrage in America and in Wisconsin and introduce us to some of the leading suffragists.

What message did they convey to men to finally give women the right to vote? And what was the story behind Wisconsin becoming the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment? Hear the answers to these questions and more on this All About Living program.

FROM FIREFIGHTER TO AUTHOR: AN INTIMATE STORY OF HEROISM, POVERTY, RACISM AND SOCIAL INJUSTICE

Guest:  Gregory Renz, former firefighter, author

“You can’t hate someone whose story you know,” says Gregory Renz, quoting Margaret J. Wheatley.  And Gregory Renz’ powerful new novel, BENEATH THE FLAMES, illustrates how prejudices can disappear when worlds that are culturally apart can bond together.

Gregory Renz brings his own credibility to the written page. As a firefighter for 28 years with the Milwaukee Fire Department in an inner-city station, he experienced it all – including the dramatic rescue of two boys from the basement of a burning building for which he received multiple awards for his heroism. He also observed how poverty, racism and social injustice divided one of the most segregated cities in the country.

On this program, Renz tells the gripping story of the young boys’ rescue and what life is like behind the scenes as a firefighter. Amazed by how the power of a story can move people, following retirement, Renz decided to write a composite of the life he experienced in a novel which took him ten years to complete.

The public launch of BENEATH THE FLAMES will be at Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee, 2559 Downer Ave, 7 pm Wednesday, May 31st.  For more information on the launch and public appearances in the Madison area, go to glrenz.com.

THE FACTS ABOUT MEDICAID EXPANSION

Guests:  Erin Grunze, Executive Director, League of Women Voters of Wisconsin;  Helen Marks Dicks, State Issues Advocacy Director, AARP Wisconsin

Medicaid Expansion is once again on the table. Governor Evers has included it in his $83.5 billion budget proposal, and the Republicans in the Legislature are rejecting accepting the hundreds of millions of federal dollars to benefit low-income residents who would gain access to better health care coverage. The Legislative Fiscal Bureau has estimated the state could have saved more the $1 billion since 2014 had it taken the Medicaid money.

On this program, Erin Grunze and Helen Marks Dicks take us back to the beginning of the Medicaid Expansion program when it was introduced in the Affordable Care Act. They describe what it is, how it works, who it covers, what it is intended to accomplish, and the pros and cons of Medicaid Expansion which keep it at the forefront of the political conversation in Wisconsin. Wisconsin is one of only 13 states in the country that have not accepted the Medicaid Expansion.

More information is available on the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin and AARP Wisconsin websites.

HELP WANTED: FOSTER GRANDPARENTS

Guests: Laura Mikkelson, Intergenerational Volunteer Coordinator, RSVP of Dane County; Larry Orr, Foster Grandparent

RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) of Dane County is looking for more seniors who wish to become Foster Grandparents. Foster Grandparents work with children in Dane County schools, Head Start programs and community centers, mentoring and helping them to be successful learners. They provide the unconditional love that sets children with special and exceptional needs, or who are in circumstances that limit their academic, social or emotional development on a path to a secure future.

On this program, Laura Mikkelson and Foster Grandparent, Larry Orr, better known as “Mr. Larry” in the classroom, describe how the program works in real life.

As part of LBJ’s Great Society initiative, this Foster Grandparent program is specifically for low-income seniors, those 55 or older, who commit to at least 5 hours a week, are able to travel to nearby schools, and have a willing heart and the desire to work with children. In exchange, they receive a tax-free stipend, reimbursement of transportation costs and meals.

To find out more about becoming a Foster Grandparent, contact Laura Mikkelson at 608-441-7894 or email [email protected] For other ways to volunteer, go to their website, www.rsvpdane.org.