Guests: Jody Curley, Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin Jean Bachhuber, Oak Park Place
As growing numbers of people are being diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment and early stage Alzheimer’s, there is a new focus on maximizing their mental capabilities and quality of life. One of the most innovative programs in our area is the Alzheimer Alliance’s Meeting of the Minds, headed by Jody Curley. Each supportive group combines cognitive, creative, and psychosocial challenges with the physical movements of walking and Tai Chi. Jean Bachhuber works to provide a stimulating lifestyle for those who reside in the Memory Loss residence at Oak Park Place. Learn more about how local resources are creating better todays for people with memory impairment.
For information on the Alzheimer Alliance’s Wine & Roses Festival, Saturday evening, April 9th at Nakoma Country Club, call 608-232-3400 or go to www.alzwisc.org.
DCHS It’s not just about the animals. It’s how the breadth of programs at Dane County Humane Society matches the stream of homeless animals under its roof with people from all segments of society. And all are better for it. From bringing unconditional joy to the elderly and infirmed to providing refuge for pets living in a domestic abuse environment, the Humane Society makes it happen. The best moments are when the 4-legged residents are put into the arms of their forever home. Put a smile on your face. Learn about the innovative programs at DCHS.
Guests: Julie Hitt, R.N., Home Health United, Mgr., Homemaker Companion Linda Lane, Registered Dietitician, COO, Independent Living, Inc. Michael Baer, 17-year ILI Meals on Wheels volunteer
With a drum roll from the UW Marching Band, the community celebrates the MEALS ON WHEELS program in March that delivers daily meals to elderly and disabled individuals throughout Madison and surrounding communities. Thanks to Home Health United (noon meals) and Independent Living (evening meals), volunteers deliver nutritious meals, friendly greetings, and safety checks to those unable to shop or cook for themselves.
For information on Independent Living’s MAD ROLLIN’ WHEELS fundraiser on March 24th and Home Health United’s 40th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION on March 31st plus everything you want to know about MEALS ON WHEELS, go to www.homehealthunited.org. Call 608-276-7598, or www.indepenliving.com. Call 608-204-0923.
GUESTS: Steve Schooler, Executive Director, Porchlight Diane Ballweg, Chair, Madison Cares Capital Campaign
Who cares about the homeless? Porchlight does and is tackling the chronic issue of homelessness and mental illness with renewed vigor. Porchlight is our community’s link to the homeless, providing emergency shelter, food, employment services, counseling and affordable transitional and permanent housing to homeless people in the Dane County area. The needs are great, and no one knows better than Steve Schooler and Diane Ballweg who are working to raise awareness and money to build a facility to provide affordable housing and professional case management for the area homeless. They share their story on this program.
Guest: Kim Litwack, PhD, RN Nurse Practitioner with Advanced Pain Management
Pain is one of the most frequent complaints encountered by healthcare professionals. Almost 35% of Americans suffer from chronic pain and almost 50 million people are partially or totally disabled by it. Sadly, many people live with pain not knowing that innovative treatments to manage pain are continuing to emerge. Kim Litwack discusses some of the most common causes of pain and describes the individual approaches to managing pain that are now available.