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 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


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.


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


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?


Guest:  Terri Karsten, author….

In 1869, a gutsy girl flees New York City and heads west on an orphan train in a desperate search for a home for herself and her little brother. This is the basis for the meticulously-researched, historical fictional account of young children traveling to find a home on an orphan train in Terri Karsten’s book, When Luck Runs Out. While stories about orphan trains have often been the subject of negative outcomes, this story is about one of the many times the system worked.

On this program, author Terri Karsten describes the realities of the 1860’s, the cultural divisions, unwanted immigrants, homelessness, and bullying. Sound familiar? It is within this background that her fictional story, When Luck Runs Out is based.

When Luck Runs Out can be purchased on or on Amazon or at local bookstores.