Category Archives: Health Podcast

Friendship

How important is friendship to your happiness? What is a good friendship? How do you cultivate a healthy friendship network?

Dick’s guest, Patricia Clason is an author, lecturer and Director of The Center for Creative Learning in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Over 5,000 people have taken her workshops in personal growth and development.

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211: Call for Help

211 is nationwide, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is there to help with many of life’s problems that are not immediate emergencies.

Dick’s guests are Burlie Williams, Director of 211 in Dane County, Wisconsin and her boss, Kathy Martinson, who shepherded this line from “First Call for Help” to being a part of the nationwide 211 system. They explain how 211 works and who it is helping.

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Retirement Communities

What are the benefits and concerns of moving into an independent living retirement community? What is the right age, the right fit and what are the right questions to ask when shopping?

Dick’s guest is Tim Conroy, who for five years has been Executive Director of Capitol Lakes, which offers all levels of care to its 300 residents in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Authenticity

Who is authentic? How do they become so? Is being a phony the opposite? What are the benefits of being authentic to the person, their friends and colleagues as they become more authentic?

Dick’s guest is Barbara Hummel who has led workshops for 12 years for the Center for Courage & Renewal. She is also the former director of the Madison Area Quality Improvement Network, which helped businesses and organizations improve their quality and systems thinking.

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Disabilities: What the Rest of Us Need to Know

How can you be most helpful to someone with a disability? How can you avoid doing hurtful or insensitive things?

Dick’s guest is Shelley Peterman Schwarz, a former teacher to the hearing impaired. She retired in 1981 due to MS and has since been a motivational speaker, regular newspaper columnist for 20 years, has appeared frequently on t.v., published many articles on flourishing while being disabled and offers a look at the disabled world from the inside out.

For more information on Shelley Peterman Schwarz, visit http://makinglifeeasier.com/

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When Your Life Partner is Troubled

What is the impact on one partner when the other has mental health issues? How do you deal with a depressed, anxious or addicted mate? Lauren Papp, Associate Professor of Human Development & Family Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is Dick’s guest.

For more information about Professor Papp, please visit mywebspace.wisc.edu/papp/web

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Secrets

Are secrets always a bad idea or is it sometimes wise to keep them locked away? Dick’s guest, Dr. Tamara Affifi is an expert in family communications and has researched and written on the subject of privacy, secrets, disclosure and avoidance. She is Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa.

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Premarital Counseling by Clergy

Exploring the benefits of examining the strengths and challenges of an impending marriage with your clergy. Is it a must or can the truly happy couple just head to the altar?

Dick’s guests are Reverend Michael Schuler, longtime senior minister of one of the largest Unitarian Universalist congregations in America and Reverend Eldonna Hazen, newly called senior minister of the First Congregational United Church of Christ.

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Impaired Physicians

About 10% of doctors struggle with addiction to alcohol and drugs at some point in their career. How does this affect their skills and their patients? What are the protocols to force them to get help? How likely are doctors to recover when they enter treatment?

Dick’s guest, Dr. Michael Miller is a board certified addiction psychiatrist and recently served as president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and has led the Physicians Health Program in Wisconsin for 12 years.

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Learning Disabilities 101

What are learning disabilities? How common are they? How do they affect lives? Can they be successfully treated?

Dick’s guests, psychologists Dr. Nira Scherz-Busch and Dr. Dennis Christoffersen, have over 50 years of combined experience helping their clients with learning disabilities navigate their lives.

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