Catching Health with Diane Atwood

Catching Health with Diane Atwood

Here’s something you’ll WANT to catch! Catching Health with Diane Atwood exposes you to useful, accurate information about being well and living fully your entire life. Conversations About Aging is a Catching Health podcast series produced and hosted by Diane, who is a former health reporter. She is traveling her home state of Maine interviewing people 60+ about their perspectives on aging. Their stories are full of life and inspiration for people of all ages. For more stories, recipes, and everyday tips, check out Catching Health at CatchingHealth.com.... Show More

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August 10, 2020 47 min
At 98, Jim Mardin has led an incredible life, and he intends to keep on living it for several more years. We had our conversation shortly before COVID-19 forced him to stop his three days a week volunteer job. He still drives, takes no medications, enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, and loves sharing stories about his life. He is kind, optimistic, curious, unafraid, and very entertaining.
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Wayne Newell is a Passamaquoddy Indian Man who was born and raised on the Pleasant Point Indian Reservation in Maine. After getting a Master's degree at Harvard he and his family made their home on the nearby Indian Township Reservation, where he taught until his retirement in 2012. Although struggling with health issues, his mind and spirit are going strong. I hope you enjoy our conversation and learn as much as I did.
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For many people in Maine, my guest in this episode of Conversations About Aging is like an old friend. For 37 years, he broadcast the weather on the state's top news station — WCSH-TV. What's Joe Cupo up to now? He's enjoying retirement to the fullest and still keeping an eye on the weather.
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What do you think it would be like to live your life as a nun? In this episode of Conversations About Aging, Sister Maureen Wallace gives us a glimpse into what it's been like for her. Trust me, it may not be exactly what you had imagined.
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February 10, 2020 39 min
Ann Quinlan was born and raised in Ireland and now makes her home in Falmouth, Maine. If you've always wanted to visit Ireland, you're in luck. Ann has been leading tours for many, many years and knows some of the best and most interesting spots. That’s just one of the tales she’ll tell us about in the latest episode of Conversations About Aging.
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Today's guest and her husband are retired now and making the most of their time together. They keep busy with chores, hobbies, and family, but once a week they choose someplace interesting and fun to visit. It's an opportunity to enjoy each other's company and to explore Maine. You never know where you might find them!
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Alma Thomas was the next to the youngest of 10 children. Now she is the only one left. She lived through the depression and World War II and was working in New York City when the war ended. She eventually moved to Maine to marry a widower with five children. They added two more children to the family and lived a full life together until his death in 2001. At 96, you can bet that Alma has lots of stories to tell. I'm so grateful...
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It may be a cliché, but life does have its ups and downs. That's certainly been true for Loring Newcomb, who prefers to be called Bob. He says if he could go back in time, he might change a few things. He'd change some things right now, too. At 94, he's pretty active, but he says he's often lonely. Hear Bob's story in the latest episode of Conversations About Aging.
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The first documented case of AIDS was reported in Los Angeles, California in 1981. Back then, someone who was newly diagnosed might not survive even a few months. New medications were developed in the 90s that helped slow the progression of the disease but did not offer a cure. Today, another generation of medications called antiretrovirals has led to a dramatic decline in the number of people who are dying of AIDS. Or put anothe...
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At 62, Vikki Choate has started thinking about her retirement plan. I'm sure there's relaxation built into it, but most of it involves moving into a new career. She's got more than a full-time job and she's working toward a doctorate degree. All part of the plan. She's a dynamo, but she also has a strong spiritual side that guides everything she does, including becoming a newlywed last year. Join us for an ins...
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Imagine living most of your life on an island off the coast of Maine. That's what Paul Quinn has done and he has lots of stories to share. Like about the time he came home to find a lobster boat (not his) half in his garage and half out in the driveway. I'm Diane Atwood and I'm traveling around Maine talking to people 60+ about what it's like to be growing older. Listen to Paul's stories in this episode of C...
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Joanne Santee was diagnosed with a chronic lung condition 25 years ago. She knew that someday she'd need to be hooked up to an oxygen tank in order to breathe. That day arrived, but it hasn't stopped her from enjoying life. Whether reminiscing about adventures she's been on, talking about a recent conversation she had with a group of 11-year-olds or contemplating her future, 78-year-old Joanne has a lot of wisdom and hu...
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My name is Diane Atwood and I'm traveling the state of Maine interviewing people 60 and older about their perspectives on aging. At one time, Ernie DeRaps was a lighthouse keeper in Maine. After retirement, at age 80, he became an artist. What do you think he painted? Mostly lighthouses, of course! I hope you enjoy our conversation.
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Bill Taylor packed away his windsurfer when he was 92. Didn't have the balance he needed any more. He didn't pack away his zest for life, though, or his curiosity. He talks about the lure of windsurfing, some of the adventures he's had these past 97 years, and love in the latest episode of Conversations About Aging, a Catching Health with Diane Atwood special series.
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September 18, 2019 32 min
Try to imagine living to 98 years old. Mary Hamblen didn't and yet, it happened. She's had a good life filled with ups and downs. You just have to go with it, she says. We talked about her life, her thoughts about being older, and her last car, which she misses a lot.
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At 93, Bill Saltzer is still an active man. Up until last winter, he was living alone in the house he had shared with his wife until she passed away several years ago. His children worried about him and had been urging him to move into an assisted living facility, where they thought he would be safer. He fell while shoveling last winter and hurt his back. After that, he decided maybe his kids were right. In the latest episode of Co...
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Have you ever heard of the Code Girls? They were part of a top-secret mission that helped end World War II. You're about to meet one: Leona Chasse, now 95 and living in Cornish, Maine. Listen to our conversation. I think you'll be glad you did.
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Shirl Weaver was born and raised in Minnesota. After serving in the military and getting her master's and doctorate degrees, she moved to Maine. In the ensuing years, Shirl made a difference, not only in her community but also around the entire state of Maine. Now retired, she continues to make a difference in people's lives. Listen to our conversation in this episode of Conversations About Aging, a Catching Health special ...
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Joy Hare tries to live up to her name in all aspects of her life. You can't make it to 75 without experiencing some heartache, and she has. But she is always seeking joy, which is reflected in the poetry she writes, the art she produces, the work she does, and the adventures she takes. She reflects on all of that in the latest episode of my special series Conversations About Aging.
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Bill Green has been a familiar face on Maine television for more than 40 years. He began his career behind the scenes as a cameraman and went on to become a sportscaster. He now produces and hosts one of Maine's most popular TV shows, Bill Green's Maine. He talks about his life, shares some wisdom, and reflects on what's next now that he's 65.
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