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Project Milwaukee
11:00 am
Wed November 19, 2008

At 80 or 90, Life is What You Make of It

Doctors say social connectedness is crucial for healthy living past 80.

Today, as part of our Project Milwaukee series on aging and wellness, we focus on the fastest growing segment of older adults in Milwaukee County – people in their 80s. For that population, life can be filled with financial and health challenges - or not. Many 80- and 90-year-olds are quite healthy and active. As WUWM’s Erin Toner heard from some octogenarians, life is what you make of it.

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Project Milwaukee
10:59 am
Wed November 19, 2008

County Looks to Expand Services for Older Adults

Stephanie Sue Stein talks with Bob Bach. Ann-Elise Henzl, Project Milwaukee Executive Producer, in background.

The Director of the Milwaukee County Department on Aging, Stephanie Stein, says the community is a national leader in programs and services for older adults.

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Project Milwaukee
10:56 am
Wed November 19, 2008

Jewish Family Services Reaches Out to Older Folks

Gina Botshtein live with Bob Bach

Loneliness can be one of the most troublesome aspects of aging. Gina Botshtein of Jewish Family Services says agency staff carefully screen those they serve to identify how well they're connecting with family and friends.

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Project Milwaukee
10:52 am
Tue November 18, 2008

Rembering Not to Age

Anne Basting is the Director and Tom Fritsch is the Associate Director of the Center on Age and the Community at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. They talk with Mitch Teich about the different strategies to stave off cognitive decline and how there is now some optimism that the mental decline of old age need not be a rapid phenomenon.

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Project Milwaukee
10:50 am
Tue November 18, 2008

Mel Miskimen on Aging Well

Commentator Mel Miskimen is an award-winning writer, author, playwright, and a regular contributor to Lake Effect. She explores another angle to aging and being well.

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Project Milwaukee
10:48 am
Tue November 18, 2008

Being Wise in Your 20's

Dr. Julie Bonner is the executive director of the Norris Health Center at UW-Milwaukee and the campus health officer. She tells Lake Effect’s Stephanie Lecci that, unfortunately, she thinks that most young adults aren’t thinking about preparing themselves health-wise for when they get older.

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Project Milwaukee
10:46 am
Tue November 18, 2008

Cancer and Midlife Crisis

Gail Konop Baker’s book is called Cancer is a Bitch, or, I’d Rather Be Having a Midlife Crisis, published by Da Capo Press. Baker lives in Madison. First she speaks with Mitch Teich about her experience with breast cancer and then we hear a reading from her book.

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Project Miwaukee
10:43 am
Tue November 18, 2008

Older Adults Fight Depression

Janet with social worker Joan Yelanjian.

As we age, thoughts of staying physically healthy and financially independent become more important. But for some older adults, mental illness can rob them of a healthy future. As part of our Project Milwaukee series on aging and wellness, WUWM’s Susan Bence meets with older individuals dealing with depression.

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Project Milwaukee
10:38 am
Mon November 17, 2008

Economics of Aging

Keith Bender is an associate professor of economics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee who specializes in the economics of aging. He discusses with Lake Effect’s Mitch Teich the economic realities of living longer.

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Project Milwaukee
10:35 am
Mon November 17, 2008

Medical Homes

Dr. Shaili Jain is a psychiatrist with Aurora Behavioral Health Services, a professor of psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and a regular contributor to Lake Effect. She wrote a book about the relationship between physicians and drug companies, and she maintains a website about doctors’ bedside manners. She tells Mitch Teich about a new model, called the Medical Home Model, which seeks to address both the primary care shortage- and the issue of coordinating care among a patient’s continuum of providers.

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