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.

FRAMING THE CONVERSATION: A RADIO TALK SHOW HOST’S INSIGHT

Guest:  Anita Rufus, Host, “The Anita Rufus Show” and “That’s Life,” IHub Radio, Southern California

People talking to people. A difficult endeavor in today’s political culture when people of differing opinions struggle to have civil conversations. It doesn’t have to be confrontational, says Anita Rufus, longtime host of “The Anita Rufus Show” and “That’s Life” on IHub Radio in Southern California. Known on radio as the “Lovable Liberal,” Anita invites listeners from all political persuasions to participate in discussions on policy – not politics. “It’s never personal or disrespectful,” says Anita. “It’s about active listening and agreeing on outcomes. The differences are in determining how we get there.”

On this program, Anita Rufus, retired businesswoman, law school graduate, educator, award-winning columnist and radio host, shares her guidelines on how to sustain civil conversations amidst controversy. She talks about her own experience running for Congress against Sonny Bono and assesses the current group of women candidates for President.

A longtime advocate of dying with dignity, Anita also discusses the importance of having our own conversations with those close to us and advance directives in place to maintain control of our full circle of life.

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO LEARN: UW SCHOOL OF MUSIC OFFERS COMMUNITY LESSONS

Guests:  Dr. Tim Shaw, violin student, Paula Su, doctoral candidate and violin instructor, Cayla Rosche, soprano and Coordinator, UW Community Music Lessons

Always wanted to play a musical instrument but never had the time? If now is the time for you, the opportunity is available at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music.

Representative of the Wisconsin Idea, their Community Music Lesson Program offers lessons to children and adults who are taught by well-trained college music students at the UW School of Music. Lessons are offered in violin, viola, cello, guitar, flute, clarinet, bassoon, piano, voice, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium and percussion.

On this program, you’ll have the opportunity to experience a music lesson with Dr. Tim Shaw, a retired physician and budding violin student and his Music School teacher, Paula Su.  Joining them is Cayla Rosche who describes how the program works.

For more information, go to music.wisc.edu/cml.