Guests:  Steve Ramig, Sr. Dir. of Development, UW Initiative to End Alzheimer’s; Will Clifton, UW Research Participant, Caregiver, Advisory Board, IEA

“Birdies for Health” – that is the charity arm of this year’s American Family Insurance Championship Golf Tournament, June 21-23, at University Ridge. In partnership with UW Health and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, five diseases and medical issues that devastate families and communities will benefit from contributions pledged for every birdie made. UW’s Initiative to End Alzheimer’s is one of the recipients.

On this program, Steve Ramig describes the global research that is taking place at UW-Madison in their search for ways to prevent, treat and find a cure for Alzheimer’s and related dementias.

Will Clifton shares his story of what it is like to be a UW research participant in the WRAP study (Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention), the longest and largest longitudinal study of children of parents who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Their hope is that Alzheimer’s can be identified before symptoms appear, and biological, health and lifestyle factors that increase or decrease the risk of AD can be identified early. Will Clifton retired early to become a full-time caregiver for his parents who were both diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

For more information, go to birdiesforhealth.org.


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.


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.


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.


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.