MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: AN ON-GOING PUZZLE

Guests: Colleen Hayes, Ph.D., UW researcher
Shelley Peterman Schwartz, living with MS

Wisconsin has one of the highest incidences of MS in the United States – one in 500. Multiple Sclerosis is a progressive disease for which no cure has yet been found. UW professor Colleen Hayes shares her research on Vitamin D’s role in MS. Shelley Peterman Schwartz describes the path her life has taken since her MS diagnosis over 30 years ago.

For more information, go to www.wisMS.org, or call 800-242-3358 (toll free in Wisconsin)

BRAIN FITNESS FOR MEMORY IMPAIRMENT

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.

HOMELESS ANIMALS FIND REFUGE AT DANE COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY

Guest: Gayle Viney, Public Relations Coordinator

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.

For more information go to: www.giveshelter.org

MARCH FOR MEALS

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.

PORCHLIGHT: SHEDDING LIGHT ON HOMELESSNESS

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.

For more information, go to: www.porchlightinc.org, or call 608-257-2534