Dr. Bob McAfee is a retired surgeon who was Maine's first and only president of the American Medical Association. He stopped seeing patients more than 20 years ago, but still contributes a great deal to the health and wellbeing of his fellow human beings. In our conversation about aging, he reflects on his accomplishments and his life now that he is 84. He also shares a bit of wisdom.
One of the issues that often comes up as people are living longer is figuring out the best place to live. Most people want to stay put in their own homes. That's what Peesh and her husband Paul want, only they have different ideas about where in Maine their home should be. Get in on that discussion and more in this episode of Conversations About Aging, a Catching Health podcast.
For most of his adult life, Jack has struggled with bouts of anxiety and depression. During our conversation, two things, in particular, stood out for me. People and art. Jack loves them both and I think they’re what motivate him to stay strong. Two years ago, he was hospitalized and friends "came out of the woodwork" to help him get through it.
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Wayne, who’s only 64, confronted some unexpected challenges during a recent job hunt. We talk about that and so much more on Conversations About Aging, a Catching Health podcast.
Conversations About Aging is a podcast about .... aging. I am traveling the state of Maine talking to people about their perspectives on growing older. Maine is tied with Florida for having the oldest population in the nation. It is also the most rural state, where many people live in isolation. Leona, who is 92, lives in the largest city — Portland. There's plenty to do there but one major challenge makes it difficult for her to g... Read more
Conversations About Aging is a new Catching Health podcast series. This first episode explains the why behind the series and includes an interview with the man who inspired me to embark on this adventure. Donato Tramuto is a mover and shaker in the world of healthcare and in providing resources where he sees a need. In this case, the need is to provide connections for our older population. My goal with this podcast is to travel my ... Read more
Narcan is a brand name for the drug naloxone. It's a nasal spray that can be used to reverse a drug overdose. Maine recently passed a law that gives everyone, regardless of their age, access to naloxone without a prescription. We’re going to talk about naloxone in today’s Catching Health podcast — what it can and cannot do and the role that it plays in helping to address the opioid crisis. My guest is Dr. Mark Publicker, an addict... Read more
Were you ever told that you should never discuss religion or politics in polite company? Have you noticed that these days everything, especially politics, seems to be fair game for a heated conversation? And whether you are a politician or just an ordinary citizen expressing your views, things can get pretty overheated and downright uncivil. The National Institute for Civil Discourse launched an initiative aimed at reviving civilit... Read more
You've probably heard of the terms anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge eating. They're all eating disorders and to give you an idea of how serious they can be, anorexia nervosa kills more people in this country than any other mental illness. In the United States, 20 million females and 10 million males will suffer from an eating disorder at some time in their lives. Dr. Kathleen Hart, a licensed psychologist, is president of the ... Read more
Did you know that complete bed rest when you have a concussion is not the best idea? It can actually make things worse. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center(UPMC)have identified six different types of concussions. Dr. Michael (Micky) Collins, director and a founding member of the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program, says treating a concussion depends on what type it is. He explains in this Catching Healt... Read more
When George Smith was diagnosed with ALS in 2017, he decided that his disease would not define the end of his life. He has found many things to celebrate, especially his family and friends. A prolific writer, George is now sharing his ALS experience in a series of newspaper columns. In this podcast episode, we talk about his past, present, and future. In the second half of the episode, I interview the Executive Director of the ALS ... Read more
In 1984, Jane Tholen was prescribed an antidepressant to help her cope with two harrowing experiences. It caused serious side effects, so she was switched to a different prescription. It also caused side effects. For the next 30 years, she was on various antidepressants as well as other medications to counteract the side effects. Today, the only pill Jane takes is a vitamin and she is eager to share her story in this Catching Healt... Read more
For more than 35 years, Dr. Ron Bissell was a busy surgeon. For a variety of reasons, he decided to close his practice. Rebuilding his life was a challenge, but he was able to overcome many obstacles. In this podcast, he talks about how quieting his mind and "listening to the whispers" made all the difference.
Your kids are bombarded with information about sex in the news, at school, online. You want them to hear it from you. If you're worried about saying the right things at the right time, listen to this podcast with certified sex therapist Jennifer Wiessner.
When you forget someone's name or lose something or feel as if the word you're searching for is on the tip of your tongue, but not making it to your brain — do you worry that you have Alzheimer's Disease? You're not alone. Scientists around the globe are in a race to find out what causes this form of dementia, how it might be prevented, and successfully treated. As program director for the Alzheimer's Association in Maine, Peter Ba... Read more
Ever since her son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2006, Stacey Simms has tried to learn as much as she could about the disease. She doesn't keep it to herself — she shares what she learns about diabetes prevention, treatment, research and how people get on with their lives on her podcast Diabetes Connections. Listen to our conversation and get some life-saving tips on my podcast — Catching Health with Diane Atwood.
Pastor Maria Anderson-Lippert serves as the transition pastor at St. Ansgar Lutheran Church in Portland, Maine. She is also Lead Organizer of Arise Portland — a new, experimental ministry bringing people together to celebrate and foster wholeness. In this Catching Health podcast, Pastor Maria talks about why she believes having a spiritual life is an important part of living a whole and healthy life.
Kelly McGaughey is a physical therapist who used to work with combat-injured vets at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, DC. She is now program manager for the Travis Mills Foundation. Retired US Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills lost parts of all four limbs while serving in Afghanistan. He went on to establish his Foundation, which recently opened an amazing retreat in Maine for other combat-injured vets and their families. A... Read more
If you hate your job, it can affect every aspect of your life. When it happened to Nicholas Lore he found a way to be happy by helping others as a career coach. He founded Rockport Institute more than 35 years ago and has helped scores of people establish new and fulfilling careers.