Catching Your Memories

By Diane Atwood

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Everyone has a story to tell, a memory or two to share. That's what Catching Your Memories is all about — people reminiscing about the memories that have made a difference in their lives. The Catching Your Memories podcast is hosted and produced by Diane Atwood, a former health reporter from Maine. Diane also writes a blog called Catching Health and until recently hosted the Catching Health podcast. Before COVID, she spent a year traveling her homestate interviewing people 60 and older about their lives and views on aging. The project inspired her to shift the focus of her podcast to include people of all ages who want to share specific stories and memories. Diane also offers private audio-only and video interviews. For more information, check out

Episode Date
Caring for elderly parents, one challenge at a time
The day after Labor Day, 2022, Jodie Lapchick rented a car and drove from Maine to Hilton Head, South Carolina to "rescue" her elderly parents. Over recent years, their mental and physical health had declined, and although Jodie and her two siblings did not live nearby, they tried to help manage things as best they could. Jodie says her dad had a plan for everything but not what to do when he and her mother could no longer care for themselves or each other. They relied on a team of home care providers for much of their day-to-day needs, which worked fine for a while. Things came to a head when it became clear they needed a higher level of care and the three siblings scrambled to figure out the best next step. That's when Jodie decided to bring her parents to Maine. Once they arrived, though, their problems didn't go away. In fact, it's been one challenge after another and as is too often the case for caregivers, it began to put Jodie's own health at risk. This is Jodie's story.
Feb 07, 2023
Luanne Cameron creates more happiness with her 110 Philosophy
It starts with having a clear vision and then engaging 110% in living that vision. That is how Luanne Cameron approaches every aspect of her life. She even wrote a book about it - The 110 Philosophy. Luanne is my guest on this month's episode of the Catching Your Memories podcast.
Jan 10, 2023
Living Retired with Gary Chalk
When Gary Chalk retired, he informed some of his friends in an email. What he wrote made them laugh. So he wrote another the following week. The next thing he knew, he was writing a regular humor column and making lots of people laugh. Gary Chalk is my latest guest on the Catching Your Memories podcast.
Dec 14, 2022
Claire Hersom: Speaking the truth about poverty
Claire Hersom considers herself blessed. She has wonderful children and grandchildren, a safe place to live, and although now retired, does good honest work. That work includes trying to break the stereotype of the poor by speaking the truth about what it means to live in abject poverty. When her three children were young, Claire suddenly became a single parent. Her own parents had passed away. Her father when she was 17 and her mother just the year before. Six months after becoming a single parent, she also lost the family home. She was determined to give her children a "normal" life, but it was a constant struggle. In the 70s, a time when resentment against poor people was on the rise, she had to go on welfare. Even when she was working and off welfare she struggled to make ends meet. In this episode of the Catching Your Memories podcast, Claire talks about some of the ways she managed the challenges she faced and the many lessons and truths about poverty, grief, and forgiveness that she learned along the way.
Nov 09, 2022
Recovering from mental illness
It took several years for Christina Erde to understand and come to terms with her diagnosis of mental illness. Her struggle began as a child when she experienced sometimes crippling anxiety. Her transition into adulthood triggered severe depression and she began seeing a therapist and taking medication. About four years ago, a crisis landed her in the hospital, where she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. For a while, things went from bad to worse and she was hospitalized again after attempting to take her own life. With the help of professionals and her family, slowly but surely, things began to turn around. Christina came to accept her diagnosis and become more engaged in her recovery process. She realized that her life had meaning and that she was going to be ok. She now shares her story to help others who may struggle as she once did. Christina Erde is today's guest on the Catching Your Memories podcast.
Oct 10, 2022
Recovering from alcoholism and Learning How to Let Go
Roland T. describes his childhood as chaotic. The biggest struggle he faced was his father's alcoholism. When he drank he would get angry and Roland never knew what to expect. As a result, he was often fearful and anxious. You might think that he would steer clear of alcohol, but as a teenager, Roland discovered it was a way to escape reality. That is until reality caught up with him several years later. Now in recovery, he shares his story so that others may learn from his experiences and begin their own recovery journeys.
Sep 08, 2022
Forgiveness is not for the other person. It's for you.
Karyn Wing grew up in a home where physical, sexual, and verbal were the norm. She also grew up believing that it was all her fault. That if she were a good girl none of it would have happened. As an adult, she blocked out much of her childhood, but the scars were there, deeply embedded, along with the feeling that she was never good enough. It took several decades and a lot of hard work for Karyn to learn the difference between abusive and healthy relationships. She also learned that before anything else, she had to learn to love herself. Most days she does. Karyn shares some of her story in the hopes that it will help someone else who feels like she used to feel. Written transcript:
Aug 11, 2022
Important lessons on talking openly about mental health
In this episode of the Catching Your Memories podcast, 23-year-old Marena Koenka shares a story about her mental health struggles. Her experiences are her own and may not be like yours or someone else's, but she has learned that there is great value in sharing them. Doing so helps to connect people, as well as normalize and destigmatize mental illness. A warning: Some people may be triggered by some of Marena's experiences, particularly when she talks about self-harming and suicidal ideation. If you would prefer to skip over those sections, here are some timecodes: Self-harming 12:35 to 13:32. Suicidal ideation 41:37 to 45:11. If you prefer to read rather than listen you will find a written transcript at
Jul 28, 2022
Healing from childhood trauma
How do you move from a traumatic childhood into adulthood without carrying the demons of the past along with you? How do you cope with the anger, mistrust, sadness and depression, anxiety, self-blame? So many emotions and I've only named a few. For some people, it takes a lifetime, and still, they may be triggered by something as innocent-seeming as a sound or a scent. Christina Huff learned early on that in order to move forward, she had to come to terms with the anger she felt. Now, only 24, she feels ready to share her story of healing from childhood trauma. (Transcript available at
Jul 14, 2022
Rita Losee on being "inspiractional"
In her 80s, Rita Losee, from Maine, has lots of memories to share. What she'd much rather do, though, is make new memories. This year, she's already taken a January swim in a frigid ocean, gone whitewater rafting, and run a 5K. What else does she have on her agenda? Hang on, because she'll tell you all about it in this episode of the Catching Your Memories podcast.
Jun 30, 2022
Keegan Albaugh/Dad Guild
Keegan Albaugh, from Burlington, Vermont, always knew he wanted to be a dad. He and his partner Stephanie happily welcomed their first child in 2016 and their second in 2018. Fatherhood has been as wonderful and as joyful as Keegan thought it might be. He also knew there would be challenges, but what he didn't realize is the lack of resources and support for new dads in his community. Stephanie had several resources at her disposal, but Keegan found nothing that met his needs.

Today, new dads in Vermont have a multi-faceted resource called Dad Guild. My guest on today's episode of Catching Your Memories is Dad Guild's Executive Director — none other than Keegan Albaugh.
Jun 16, 2022
Carole Starr: Brain injury and acceptance
July 2022 marks 23 years since Carole Starr was in a car accident that changed her life forever. She didn't even realize at first that she had suffered a brain injury. No one did. She had no marks, and she had no memory of hitting her head. But little by little the signs appeared and they interfered with nearly every aspect of her daily activities. She's learned some hard lessons on this long journey, but some inspiring ones as well. She shares them in this episode of the Catching Your Memories podcast. You can also read a transcript:
Jun 02, 2022
David Atwood and Julia Child
It was the trip of a lifetime. In the early 1970s, WGBH-TV tapped David Atwood to not only direct Julia Child in her French Chef television show but also oversee filming segments with her in France. He shares some memories of those experiences on this episode of the Catching Your Memories podcast. (Read a transcript of the episode and see some pictures from the trip at
May 19, 2022
Leo Couture WWII Navy veteran
One of the most profound experiences of Leo Couture's life was his time in the Navy. He spent it on a ship in the South Pacific during WWII. At 17, he didn't know fear, but it wasn't long before it became an ever-present companion.
May 12, 2022
Jen Boggs on being a mother
Just in time for Mother's Day, Jen Boggs shares what motherhood is like for her. Her story begins before she became a mother — when she and her husband Mike decided they wanted to become parents. It didn't happen as easily as they thought it might. That was one of the first lessons Jen learned about parenting, and as you will discover in this episode of Catching Your Memories, she's learned quite a few along the way, thanks to her daughter Ramona, who recently turned 12.
May 05, 2022
Alzheimer's disease, a story of two families
It's likely that each one of us knows someone who has Alzheimer's or is caring for someone with the disease. No matter how you look at it, it's a devastating disease that can take its toll on everyone. In this episode of the Catching Health podcast, I talk with Danielle Bernier, whose mother has Alzheimer's, and Tom O'Connor, who cared for his wife Deb until she passed away. Their experiences are both different and similar, but one important common thread is that caring for someone with Alzheimer's is challenging. No matter how much you love someone with Alzheimer's. providing care is not easy — on many levels. In our conversation, Danielle and Tom talk about the ups and downs of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's and how they are trying to help promote awareness and understanding, as well as raise money for research and much-needed services.
Sep 13, 2021
Secrets: A Story of Addiction, Grief, and Healing
Imagine that your adult child has died from a drug overdose and you are the one who finds her. That is what happened to Ann Cookson. The grief never goes away, but Ann has been able to turn her pain into something positive. She wrote a book called Secrets: A Story of Addiction, Grief, and Healing. Listen to her story and how writing the book has transformed her thinking about drug addiction, as well as her entire life.
Jun 07, 2021
Learn how to have compassionate conversations
Stephen Andrew's mission in life is to help people who are struggling with a chronic illness like alcoholism. He goes about it in many different ways, but at the core of every one of his endeavors is compassion. In this podcast, Stephen, who is a licensed clinical social worker, explains how we can and why we should try to have compassionate conversations — even in the worst of situations.
Apr 13, 2021
Denise Kinney's muscle weakness turned out to be something serious
Looking back at her childhood, Denise Kinney, now in her 50s, says she always had some degree of muscle weakness and she didn't have the stamina other kids had, but she enjoyed athletics. However, whenever she played basketball, by the second quarter, she'd be out of energy and didn't know why. Decades later, she finally got the answer, but not because she had been searching all those years. She'd simply been living and enjoying her life when one day everything changed. Denise shares her story in this episode of the Catching Health podcast.
Feb 01, 2021
A conversation about aging with Elizabeth Johnson
My guest in this episode of the Catching Health podcast has put me to shame! From the moment she wakes up and wiggles her toes until she slides under her blankets at night, Liz Johnson is on the move. She might be dancing or she might be pulling weeds, but even if she's lounging (I'm not convinced she ever does), her brain certainly isn't. She takes classes, plays bridge, none of which she can do in person right now because of the pandemic. That hasn't slowed her down a bit. She just fires up her computer, clicks on a Zoom invitation, and off she goes. Join us for a conversation about aging that will inspire you to be more active.
Jan 04, 2021
Some advice and perspectives on growing older
What is old? Wendy Adlerstein, my guest on this episode of the Catching Health podcast, suggests that it has more to do with attitude than how many birthdays you've celebrated. She's a licensed social worker with a certificate in gerontology and the Executive Director of FirstLight Homecare in the Boston area. We tackled several issues related to getting older that are definitely worth listening to, especially if you or your parents are getting older.
Dec 07, 2020
Dr. Fred Craigie on living a meaningful, joyful, and peaceful life
What does it mean to be you? If that seems like a question that would require deep reflection, you are right. It's exactly what psychologist Dr. Fred Craigie is inviting us to do. In this Catching Health podcast, he has a wealth of questions to help lead us along a path of self-reflection and he has a new book that we should certainly take along on our journey.
Nov 24, 2020
Looking forward to the future one scarf at a time
When COVID forced a lockdown in London in early March, Hazell Jacobs knew she had to find something to help her cope. She found inspiration in her vast scarf collection and decided to write a blog about them. Its title Scarf Aid is an apt one. The stories about her scarves that she has been weaving since March have brought comfort not only to Hazell but to her growing list of followers. This is Hazell's story.
Nov 10, 2020
Catherine Gentile, author
The title of this post says Catherine Gentile, author. She is so much more, but her greatest strength is her ability to pull gold from her life experiences and observations of the lives of others and weave them into meaningful stories that touch us all. As you will learn from our conversation, Catherine has been writing since she was a young child, and now, a few plus decades later, she is a published author celebrating the release of a new book — Small Lies. One of the personal experiences she draws from is her late mother's diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. It led her to write the book The Quiet Roar of a Hummingbird, start a support group in her community, create an online publication called Together with Alzheimer's, and make some lifestyle changes to improve her health and, hopefully, prevent getting Alzheimer's herself. Enjoy our conversation and learn. I certainly did.
Oct 26, 2020
The truth about women and retirement
Two friends — one retired, the other thinking about it — were curious about how other working women were handling this monumental transition in their lives. So curious they decided to send out a questionnaire to women everywhere. About 300 women responded and boy, did they have a lot to say. The answers Leslie Inman and Roxanne Jones received were rich and full of truth and wisdom. While retirement or the idea of it, was scary for some women, many others said it was an exciting time of growth. Over and over, women asked if they planned to write a book, and hoped they would. That wasn't the plan when they started their project, but it is now! I guess it's obvious that Leslie and Roxanne don't plan to take it easy in this phase of their lives. Even though they have busy schedules these days, they took a break to talk with me about some of the responses they received and about the book they're working on — Retirement Voices: Women reveal what life after work is really like.
Oct 12, 2020
Navigating Glioblastoma: A Caregiver's Perspective
"A shapeshifter, crafty and intelligent. It mutates, resists lethal weapons, keeps itself just out of reach of just the smartest interventions." These are the words that Sally Connolly uses to describe glioblastoma, the brain cancer that took her husband Peter's life in 2016. In her newly published memoir, Sally not only recounts their three-year struggle that followed her husband's first surgery and diagnosis but she also tries to provide some guidance and lessons about caregiving that she learned mostly the hard way. Her story is both heart-wrenching and heartening.
Sep 28, 2020
A conversation about aging with a soaring senior
Rita Losee describes herself as a Woman of adventure, Doctor of Success, Proponent of Prosperity, InspirACTional Speaker, Author. She is that and more. Decades ago, she made a promise to herself that she would live a life of adventure. What a ride it has been and she is not even close to slowing down. At 78, Rita is also doing her best to encourage people to follow her lead. Instead of thinking it's all downhill from here, you could be a soaring senior — just like Rita.
Sep 14, 2020
Your aging parents are getting a divorce? Now what?
Whether they were caught off guard or they've been expecting their parents to divorce for years, many adult children are rocked to the core when it actually happens. Family therapists Carol Hughes and Bruce Fredenburg have written a book called Home Will Never Be the Same Again. They did it because, in their experience, few people recognize the impact divorce can have on adult children. In this episode of the Catching Health podcast, the authors offer a useful guide for so-called adult children of gray divorce.
Aug 24, 2020
Our Wisdom Years with Dr. Charles Garfield
How can you grow older with joy, fulfillment, resilience, and no regrets? You could begin by reading the book Our Wisdom Years by psychologist Dr. Charles Garfield. Instead of fighting against aging or later life as he calls it, he suggests that we embrace the opportunity to live a more meaningful life. His book provides a roadmap that is guaranteed to lead you down a road of adventure and deep reflection. Listen to our conversation and learn more.
Aug 14, 2020
Jim Mardin, 98: Conversations About Aging
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.
Aug 10, 2020
Wayne Newell, 77: Conversations About Aging
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.
Mar 23, 2020
Joe Cupo, 68: Conversations About Aging
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.
Mar 09, 2020
Sister Maureen Wallace, 76: Conversations About Aging
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.
Feb 24, 2020
Ann Quinlan, 81: Conversations About Aging
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.
Feb 10, 2020
Jennifer Fitzpatrick, 71: Conversations About Aging
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!
Jan 27, 2020
Alma Thomas, 96: Conversations About Aging
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 that she decided to share some of them with us.
Jan 13, 2020
Loring "Bob" Newcomb, 94: Conversations About Aging
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.
Dec 16, 2019
Tom Antonik, 63: Conversations About Aging
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 another way, a dramatic increase in the number of people who are living longer healthier lives. Tom Antonik is one of those people. In 1986, Tom found out he was HIV positive. A year later he was diagnosed with AIDS. He thought it was a death sentence, for sure. But here he is 33 years later at the age of 63, still alive and doing well. I interviewed Tom many times back in the 80s and 90s. He wanted to make a difference, to help break the stigma against people living with HIV/AIDS. He is still trying to make a difference.
Dec 02, 2019
Vikki Choate, 62: Conversations About Aging
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 inspirational Conversation About Aging.
Nov 18, 2019
Paul Quinn, 80: Conversations About Aging
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 Conversations About Aging, a Catching Health podcast.
Nov 04, 2019
Joanne Santee, 78: Conversations About Aging
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 humor to share.
Oct 21, 2019
Ernie DeRaps, 91: Conversations About Aging
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.
Oct 07, 2019
Dr. Bill Taylor, 97: Conversations About Aging
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.
Sep 23, 2019
Mary Hamblen, 98: Conversations About Aging
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.
Sep 18, 2019
Bill Saltzer, 93: Conversations About Aging
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 Conversations About Aging, a Catching Health special series, he talks about his decision to move and what it's been like for him. He also reminisces about his time in the Marines during World War II.
Aug 26, 2019
Leona Chasse, 95: Conversations About Aging
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.
Aug 12, 2019
Shirl Weaver, 82: Conversations About Aging
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 series.
Jul 15, 2019
Joy Hare, 75: Conversations About Aging
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.
Jul 01, 2019
Bill Green, 65: Conversations About Aging
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.
Jun 17, 2019
Lavon Harris, 100: Conversations About Aging
Lavon Harris recently celebrated her 100th birthday. Sickly as a child, doctors told her parents that she probably wouldn't live to be very old. Today, she is healthy and spry and grateful for her long and happy life. You can't reach 100 without having some significant losses. In our conversation, she talked about the joy and the sadness she has experienced. And she laughed ... a lot.
Jun 04, 2019
Sue Hoyt, 73: Conversations About Aging
Conversations About Aging is a Catching Health podcast. I'm traveling the state of Maine interviewing people 60+ about their perspectives on aging. At 73, Sue Hoyt is an active volunteer who visits older people who can't get out on their own. She talks about raising her kids in a log cabin in the woods and being best friends now with a 100-year-old woman.
May 20, 2019
Dr. Bob McAfee, 84: Conversations About Aging
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.
May 06, 2019
Peesh, 76: Conversations About Aging
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.
Apr 22, 2019
Jack, 74: Conversations About Aging
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.
Apr 08, 2019
Emma, 86: Conversations About Aging
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Mar 25, 2019
Wayne, 64: Conversations About Aging
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.
Mar 11, 2019
Leona, 92: Conversations About Aging
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 get around. It's not her age.
Feb 25, 2019
Donato Tramuto: Conversations About Aging
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 home state of Maine and have conversations with people 60 and older about their perspectives on aging.
Feb 11, 2019
Dr. Mark Publicker/Opioid addiction and reversing an overdose with Narcan
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 addiction specialist with 30 years in the field. He is currently in practice in Portland, Maine.
May 22, 2018
Revive Civility/Mark Hews
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 civility in American. Mark Hews is the state coordinator for Maine Revives Civility.
Apr 16, 2018
Dr. Kathleen Hart/Eating Disorders Association of Maine
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 Eating Disorders Association of Maine. She explains the complexities of treating eating disorders and how the Association provides resources not only for patients and their families but also for medical professionals and others who may be in a position to offer help.
Apr 02, 2018
The latest concussion research/Dr. Micky Collins
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 Health podcast.
Mar 06, 2018
George Smith: Diagnosed with ALS
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 Association, Northern New England chapter.
Feb 19, 2018
Jane Tholen reclaims her life after 30 years on antidepressants
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 Health podcast in hopes of helping other people.
Feb 06, 2018
How to lead a more spiritual life
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.
Jan 22, 2018
How to talk to your kids about sex
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.
Jan 11, 2018
Seeking clarity about dementia
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 Baker fields questions from worried people on a daily basis. He shares some answers in this podcast.
Dec 13, 2017
Diabetes Connections with Stacey Simms
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.
Nov 28, 2017
Arise Portland: A new experimental ministry that celebrates and fosters wholeness
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.
Nov 13, 2017
A unique retreat in Maine for combat-injured vets and their families
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. As program director, Kelly helped develop all of the programs and run the retreat. In this podcast, she talks about why she took on the challenge, how things went this first summer, and what they are hoping to accomplish.
Nov 07, 2017
How to find a career that you really, really love
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.
Oct 17, 2017
Menopause: How to survive its powerful ups and downs
Menopause is a normal part of a woman's life, but it is a major shift. Hot flashes aren't the only disruptive symptoms — we talk about them all with Carrie Levine. She is a Certified Nurse Midwife who treats women in all stages of their lives at her practice Whole Woman Health.
Oct 03, 2017
How to practice gratitude and why you should
Dr. Robert Emmons has made a career out of studying the psychology of gratitude. He is one of the world's leading scientific experts on the subject. He researches it, teaches it, writes about it and tries to practice what he preaches. He'll be the first to say it's not easy, but he's learned a lot about how to get started and how to maintain a life of gratitude. He shares his wisdom.
Sep 19, 2017
Menopause/Hormone Therapy
Menopause is a confusing time for many women. They often struggle with symptoms but may be unsure of the risks and benefits of hormone therapy. In this podcast, pharmacist Joe Lorello discusses the various options, from synthetic to plant-based hormones.
Sep 05, 2017
Caring for someone with dementia/Teepa Snow
No matter how much you may care for someone, caring for them when they're ill is not always easy. Especially when that illness is dementia. Teepa Snow is a dementia and Alzheimer's care specialist who travels around the world sharing her caregiving wisdom with professionals and families.
Aug 22, 2017
Raising Sexually Healthy Children/Jennifer Wiessner
Teaching your children about sex and sexuality is a daunting task for many parents. Jennifer Wiessner is a licensed clinical social worker and a certified sex therapist. In this podcast, she gives some practical and helpful advice to parents who are struggling to find the right time and the right words.
Aug 08, 2017
Community Paramedicine/Daphne Russell
Community paramedicine is a growing trend around the country, particularly in rural areas. The primary goal of community paramedicine programs is to fill the gap for people who have difficulty accessing medical care. Specially trained paramedics go to people's homes to provide an array of services from safety checks to help with medications. Daphne Russell helped develop a program in central Maine. She explains how it works.
Jul 24, 2017
Cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment/Dr. Scot Remick
Maine has one of the highest cancer rates in the country. MaineHealth, the state's largest healthcare system, just got a grant from the Alfond Foundation to expand access to cutting-edge treatments. Dr. Scot Remick is chief of medical oncology at Maine Medical Center, a member of MaineHealth. He is also chief of the newly created Cancer Care Network. which will link all of the MaineHealth hospitals to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The relationship is especially important for smaller, more rural hospitals in the network. Dr. Remick talks about important advances in the treatment of cancer in general and how the Alfond grant stands to improve cancer care in Maine.
Jul 11, 2017
To Root & To Rise: Accepting Brain Injury/Carole Starr
Carole Starr’s life changed forever in 1999 when she sustained a brain injury in a car accident. She could no longer continue her life as a teacher and amateur musician. It took Carole many years to accept her brain injury and let go of her old life. Today, she is an inspiring speaker, founder and facilitator of Brain Injury Voices, an award-winning survivor education, advocacy and peer mentoring volunteer group, and author of the book To Root & To Rise: Accepting Brain Injury.
Jun 27, 2017
A man's guide to happy, healthy and long life/Dr. Lenard Kaye
Why is it that men, on average, don't live as long as women? Dr. Lenard Kaye has some opinions on the matter. He's a professor of social work at the University of Maine and director of the University of Maine Center on Aging. He also co-authored the book A Man's Guide to Healthy Aging. In this podcast, he passes alson some valluable advice that could add year's to a man's life. Maybe your life.
Jun 12, 2017
Eating Disorders/Dr. Patrice Lockhart
Dr. Patrice Lockhart, medical director of the New England Eating Disorders Program at Sweetser, talks about risks, symptoms, and treatment of eating disorders.
May 30, 2017
Common sleep problems/Dr. Christopher Hughes
Do you have trouble falling or staying asleep? You're not alone. Most of us have experienced occasional insomnia but for some, lack of sleep is a chronic issue. Dr. Christopher Hughes is a neurologist who specializes in sleep disorders at Southern Maine Healthcare's Center for Sleep Disorders. Listen to what he says about risks, symptoms, and treatments.
May 15, 2017
Vein diseases/Dr. Cindy Asbjornsen
We've got miles and miles of veins in our body — superficial veins just under the skin and deep veins like the ones inside our legs. No matter where they lie, they play an important role in keeping the blood moving. Veins carry blood to the heart, arteries carry blood away from the heart. Dr. Cindy Asbjornsen is a vein specialist who practices at the Vein Healthcare Center in South Portland, Maine. She says vein disease is one of the most common health problems in the United States. All blood vessels have valves that open and shut to allow blood to flow through. If a valve in a vein somehow becomes damaged, blood flows back into the vein instead of out toward the heart. Some vein (venous) disease doesn't cause any problems, but it can progress and, in some cases lead to more serious health issues. In this Catching Health podcast, Dr. Asbjornsen talks about common venous diseases and the most up-to-date treatments.
May 01, 2017
IBS and FODMAPs/Patsy Catsos
If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome or IBS, you'll want to hear what registered dietitian Patsy Catsos has to say about a low FODMAP way of eating. It could change your lfe.
Apr 17, 2017
National Inclusion Project/Aron Hall
Research shows that solid friendships help us live longer, happier lives. But many children, especially children with disabilities, have great difficulty making friends. Aron Hall is the director of programs at the National Inclusion Project. He explains how the Inclusion Project and its Science of Friendship program are helping children build friendships.
Mar 23, 2017
No more procrastinating/Timothy Pychyl
Who isn't guilty of procrastinating? I know I am sometimes. Dr. Timothy Pychyl has been researching procrastination for nearly 20 years. He's a best-selling author and always more than happy to pass on what he has discovered. And no, he doesn't procrastinate!
Mar 19, 2017
Making Life Easy/Dr. Christiane Northrup
Celebrated author Dr. Christiane Northrup has spent most of her career trying to bring wisdom to people — especially women. In her latest book, Making Life Easy: A Simple Guide to a Divinely Inspired Life, she "explores the essential truth that has guided her ever since medical school: our bodies, minds, and souls are profoundly intertwined."
Mar 07, 2017
Preventing heart disease/Dr. Brandei Wingard
You should know the difference between cardiac arrest and a heart attack. In this podcast, Dr. Brandei Wingard explains and tells us how to protect our hearts.
Feb 19, 2017
When love gets rocky/ Erin Oldham, Ph.D.
We'd all like love to last forever. When it doesn't, emotions can run so high you don't know how to put one foot in front of the other. Erin Oldham is a relationship coach and divorce consultant who helps couples(and children)navigate the sometimes rocky world of love, marriage and divorce.
Feb 07, 2017
Understanding naturopathic medicine/Dr. Sarah Kotzur
Naturopathic medicine focuses on the body's inherent ability to heal itself. Naturopathic physician Dr. Sarah Kotzur, who practices in Portland, Maine, describes the tools and methods she uses to make it happen.
Jan 22, 2017
Music Therapy/ Kate Beever, Music Therapist
You might think that listening to music is therapeutic. It is, but music therapist Kate Beever takes it to a different level.
Jan 11, 2017
Weight loss tips/Jackie Conn, Weight Watchers
Did you know? The number one New Year's resolution is to lose weight. It's also the resolution that people are most apt to break. Why is that no matter what time of year it is many people have a hard time losing weight? Jackie Conn, General Manager of Weight Watcher's of Maine, has some thoughts on the topic — and some advice.
Dec 27, 2016
A discussion about suicide/Dr. Marc Kaplan
In the United States, every year approximately 42,773 people take their own lives. If you're worried that someone is contemplating suicide, there are no right or wrong words. What's important is to say something. Learn more in this podcast with Dr. Marc Kaplan, a psychiatrist and Medical Director at Sweetser, a comprehensive behavioral care organization in Maine for children, adults, and families.
Dec 13, 2016
Palliative Care/ Dr. Diane Meier
Why palliative care is so important, not only for a seriously ill patient but for the entire family. A conversation with palliative care specialist Dr. Diane Meier.
Nov 29, 2016
High Tide, Low Tide: The Caring Friend's Guide to Bipolar Disorder
Fran Houston and Marty Baker are best friends even though they live 3000 miles apart. They recently published a book about their friendship and Fran's struggle with bipolar disorder. It's called High Tide, Low Tide: A Caring Friend's Guide to Bipolar Disorder. I talked with them about how they became friends, how their friendship remains strong and how they hope their book will help other people.
Nov 14, 2016
Breast Cancer Detection/Dr. Suzanne Hoekstra
Is a mammogram the best way to screen for breast cancer? Dr. Suzanne Hoekstra answers the question and more in this episode of the Catching Health Podcast.
Nov 01, 2016