Dr. Edith Burns is an associate professor of medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin in the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology. She is also the Director of Ambulatory Geriatrics at the Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Milwaukee, as well as the Program Director for the Medicine-Geriatrics Combined Residency Program in partnership with the Reynolds Foundation Initiatives in Geriatrics Education. Her research interests include immunology and aging.
Lori Kuban is an inspirational speaker, educator, and consultant. She is also a brain cancer survivor, which she was diagnosed with in December 2006. Kuban lives in Waukesha with her husband and two children. You can read her story here.
Dr. Edmund Duthie, Jr. is currently Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Geriatrics/Gerontology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He also holds the position of Section Leader of Geriatric Medicine at the Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.