Wise Today Well Tomorrow

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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Project Milwaukee
10:33 am
Mon November 17, 2008

Judy Steininger Will Not Go Gently

Lake Effect contributor Judy Steininger is a Professor Emerita at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, where she teaches chemistry and literature classes. In her personal essay, she is thinking aloud about the end result of aging, and what it means for the here and now.

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Project Milwaukee
10:31 am
Mon November 17, 2008

Geriatricians Ease Growing Pains

Bob Merino

Doctors who treat older people are in high demand these days and with an aging population that trend is expected to grow. As part of our Project Milwaukee series on aging and wellness, WUWM’s LaToya Dennis examines the role geriatricians play in the lives of their patients.

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Project Milwaukee
10:27 am
Fri November 14, 2008

Julie Rovner on Policy

Julie Rovner is NPR’s national health policy correspondent. She’s also the author of Health Care Politics and Policy A to Z, now in its third edition, published by CQ Press. She joined us on the line from NPR in Washington. Rovner tells Lake Effect’s Mitch Teich that the last time there was a concerted health care reform effort in this country - in 1993 - there was also a Democratic Congress and a new Democratic president. But she says circumstances have changed a lot since then.

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Project Milwaukee
10:25 am
Fri November 14, 2008

Patrick Flaherty on Policy, Too

Patrick Flaherty is the Wisconsin Coordinator of the national health care advocacy group Healthcare United. He was a candidate for the Milwaukee Common Council earlier this year. He spoke with Dan Harmon the health care landscape and some options for reform.

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Project Milwaukee
10:22 am
Fri November 14, 2008

Barack Obama Makes Me Feel Old

Liam Callanan is a regular Lake Effect contributor and an author. He also teaches creative writing as an associate professor of English at UW-Milwaukee. In his personal essay for the Wise Today, Well Tomorrow mini series, he says that the new president makes him feel old.

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Project Milwaukee
10:19 am
Fri November 14, 2008

Thinking Ahead

Next week, WUWM will present a series on aging and wellness. We’ll explore how people can best position themselves to live long, healthy lives. As a kick-off, we asked our colleagues if they’re on the right track. We sampled our co-workers at WUWM, asking if they're think ahead and planning for life in their 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond.

If they are any indication of the general population, people are thinking ahead and paying keen attention to the older crowd. We start with two voices you hear frequently on WUWM, Susan Bence and Mitch Teich.

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