CLASSIC CLOTHING SALE SUPPORTS MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS OF DANE COUNTY YOUTH

Guests: Lorraine Synder, Jean Mortenson, Nancy Carpenter, Attic Angel volunteers; Kristin Brey, Assistant Director of Strategic Collaboration, United Way….

Everybody loves a good bargain. What makes a good bargain even better is when the proceeds go to a worthy cause. For the second consecutive year, the Attic Angel Association Classic Clothing Sale on September 28-29 has designated the proceeds of their sale to go to mental health services for school-aged youth.

On this program, Attic Angel volunteers Lorraine Synder, Jean Mortenson and Nancy Carpenter share the history of this annual event and describe what they mean by “great bargains.” On September 28 and 29, the Attic Angel Association office building at the corner of Old Sauk and Junction Roads, will be turned into a retail center filled with new and gently worn designer-label jackets, sports and cruise wear, suits, cocktail and formal gowns, coats, accessories and more – everything a woman could possibly want. Many clothing items have the original tags as they are donated from area boutiques including Chauette, Terese Zache, and Mainstream.

Kristin Brey discusses the specific mental health issues that will be addressed using the proceeds from the sale – including the use of CBITS – the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools. This program is designed to reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and behavioral problems, and to improve functioning, grades and attendance, peer and parental support and coping skills for youth.

For more information, go to atticangel.org.

 

FAITH COMMUNITIES LOOK TO BECOME DEMENTIA FRIENDLY AS AWARENESS BUILDS

Guests: Pastor Stephen Welch, Ripon, WI, who developed dementia-friendly faith services; Gina Green-Harris, Director, Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute, Milwaukee Regional Office

You would think that faith communities of all religions, where people worship together and gather as family, would automatically be welcoming and safe places for people with Alzheimer’s or cognitive impairments and their families. The reality is that while they mean to be, most have not made the accommodations to be dementia friendly. It is not on purpose; it just takes education and some modifications for the desire to become reality.

On this program, enjoy a lively conversation between Gina Green-Harris and Pastor Stephen Welch, who conducted monthly dementia friendly church services in Watertown, Wisconsin. They describe why faith communities are important centers to advance the quality of life for those impacted by Alzheimer’s and what it takes to achieve that.

That is why people from ALL faiths are invited to Bethel Lutheran Church, 312 Wisconsin Avenue in Madison, on Saturday, September 29, from 2:00 to 4:30 pm to attend BRIDGING FAITH COMMUNITIES TOGETHER: FOR HEALTHY CONVERSATIONS ABOUT ALZHEIMER’S AND RELATED DEMENTIAS. The event is free and open to people of all religions, but registration is preferred. Call (608) 263-8818 or email [email protected]

The morning of September 29, the public is invited to the Alzheimer’s Walk at Warner Park to benefit the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin. Go to alzwisc.org for details.

On Monday, October 1, the NIH-funded University of Wisconsin’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center will hold it’s annual Community Lecture at Gordon Commons on the UW campus from 5-8 pm. There is no charge to attend. Keynote speaker is Dr. Emily Rogalski, an expert on SuperAging, in which people seem resistant to age-related changes in memory and thinking skills. For details, go to adrc.wisc.edu/events.

ED WALL’S STORY: BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER LIFE IN SCOTT WALKER’S CABINET

Ed Wall with Carol Koby

Guest:  Ed Wall, former Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Corrections, and author

Ed Wall has spent his life as a public safety professional – basically a cop who has worn many hats. He began as a police officer in Meriden, Connecticut, a state trooper in New Hampshire and then moved to Wisconsin where his wife Debi was from. He quickly moved up the ladder as a civil service employee in the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation eventually becoming Administrator. Soon after, Governor Jim Doyle appointed him as Administrator of Wisconsin Emergency Management, and he was later appointed Cabinet Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections by Governor Scott Walker.

In his newly-released book, UNETHICAL: LIFE IN SCOTT WALKER’S CABINET AND THE DIRTY SIDE OF POLITICS, Ed Wall describes his professional journey which ended in termination from the Wisconsin Department of Justice. At the center of his tenure as Secretary of the Department of Corrections was the Lincoln Hills juvenile detention center investigation – or lack of it.

On this program, Ed Wall fast tracks us through his professional life, the realities of working in the political arena, the Lincoln Hills scandal, and the personal despair he suffered and lessons he learned.

THE REALITY OF RECOVERY FROM ADDICTIONS

Guests:  Shelly Dutch and Chuck Callender, Board members of Recovery Foundation and Director and Business Director, Connections Counseling; Jason Semenas, Peer Mentor, Recovery Foundation…

Jason Semenas is a peer mentor with the Recovery Foundation. That means he is in recovery himself – successfully – after battling addictions of every kind since he had a half a beer with his babysitter at age 10. And he is now helping others to achieve the freedom from addiction that he is enjoying. Jason is a walking and talking example that a long term addict can overcome his illness and gain control of his life. “If I can do it, anyone can,” says Jason. You can hear more of his story on this program.

The Recovery Foundation makes long term recovery possible through the scholarships they provide to those who cannot afford treatment. Jason is joined on this program by Shelly Dutch, founder and board member of the Recovery Foundation and Director of Connections Counseling and Chuck Callender, also a board member and Business Director of Connections Counseling.

The Recovery Foundation will hold its 2018 Voices of Recovery Luncheon, Monday, September 17, at the Edgewater. This fundraising event is open to the public, and health professionals are invited to attend a post-luncheon educational session by keynote speaker, Dr. Kevin McCauley, nationally-renowned addiction specialist, who will speak on “The Brain and Recovery: An Update on Neuroscience of Addiction.”

To make reservations, go to recovery foundation.net.

ONCE FAMOUS BUT FORGOTTEN PEOPLE WHO MADE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE

Guest:  Lahna Anhalt, author

Have you heard of Katherine Wright? Rose Wilder Lane? Harriet Hubbard Ayer? H.H. Bennett? Perhaps – but the thoroughly-researched rest of their stories and the biographies of six other famous people you never heard of are found in the well-written book, “Aunt Laura’s Attic” by Wisconsin author, Lahna Anhalt. Researching and writing these extraordinary legacies took Lahna ten years. They reflect how history might have been written quite differently if not for these all but forgotten famous people.

On this program, Lahna Anhalt takes us back in history and gives us a glimpse of some of the remarkable lives whose stories she tells in her book, “Aunt Laura’s Attic.” This may be just the tip of the iceberg. How many more people are there who have faded from history but whose lives continue to shape our world today?