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Catching Your Memories

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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. … read more

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Volunteers needed for Vet2Vet Maine

May 10th, 2023


Being a volunteer for Vet2Vet Maine is a win-win situation. That is what every single person I've ever asked about the program has said.

In this …

A new look at where you can get your physical therapy

May 9th, 2023


When physical therapy clients couldn't come to him because of Covid fears, Maine physical therapist Phil Finemore created a mobile practice. He tells …

Caring for elderly parents, one challenge at a time

February 7th, 2023


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 …

Luanne Cameron creates more happiness with her 110 Philosophy

January 10th, 2023


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 …

Living Retired with Gary Chalk

December 14th, 2022


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 …

Claire Hersom: Speaking the truth about poverty

November 9th, 2022


Claire Hersom considers herself blessed. She has wonderful children and grandchildren, a safe place to live, and although now retired, does good …

Recovering from mental illness

October 10th, 2022


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 …

Recovering from alcoholism and Learning How to Let Go

September 8th, 2022


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 …

Forgiveness is not for the other person. It's for you.

August 11th, 2022


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 …

Important lessons on talking openly about mental health

July 28th, 2022


In this episode of the Catching Your Memories podcast, 23-year-old Marena Koenka shares a story about her mental health struggles. Her experiences …

Healing from childhood trauma

July 14th, 2022


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, …

Rita Losee on being "inspiractional"

June 30th, 2022


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 …

Keegan Albaugh/Dad Guild

June 16th, 2022


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 …

Carole Starr: Brain injury and acceptance

June 2nd, 2022


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 …

David Atwood and Julia Child

May 19th, 2022


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 …

Leo Couture WWII Navy veteran

May 12th, 2022


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 …

Jen Boggs on being a mother

May 5th, 2022


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 …

Alzheimer's disease, a story of two families

September 13th, 2021


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 …

Secrets: A Story of Addiction, Grief, and Healing

June 7th, 2021


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 …

Learn how to have compassionate conversations

April 13th, 2021


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 …

Denise Kinney's muscle weakness turned out to be something serious

February 1st, 2021


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 …

A conversation about aging with Elizabeth Johnson

January 4th, 2021


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 …

Some advice and perspectives on growing older

December 7th, 2020


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 …

Dr. Fred Craigie on living a meaningful, joyful, and peaceful life

November 24th, 2020


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 …

Looking forward to the future one scarf at a time

November 10th, 2020


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 …

Catherine Gentile, author

October 26th, 2020


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 …

The truth about women and retirement

October 12th, 2020


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 …

Navigating Glioblastoma: A Caregiver's Perspective

September 28th, 2020


"A shapeshifter, crafty and intelligent. It mutates, resists lethal weapons, keeps itself just out of reach of just the smartest interventions." …

A conversation about aging with a soaring senior

September 14th, 2020


Rita Losee describes herself as a Woman of adventure, Doctor of Success, Proponent of Prosperity, InspirACTional Speaker, Author. She is that and …

Your aging parents are getting a divorce? Now what?

August 24th, 2020


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 …

Our Wisdom Years with Dr. Charles Garfield

August 14th, 2020


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. …

Jim Mardin, 98: Conversations About Aging

August 10th, 2020


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 …

Wayne Newell, 77: Conversations About Aging

March 23rd, 2020


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 …

Joe Cupo, 68: Conversations About Aging

March 9th, 2020


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 …

Sister Maureen Wallace, 76: Conversations About Aging

February 24th, 2020


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 …

Ann Quinlan, 81: Conversations About Aging

February 10th, 2020


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 …

Jennifer Fitzpatrick, 71: Conversations About Aging

January 27th, 2020


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 …

Alma Thomas, 96: Conversations About Aging

January 13th, 2020


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 …

Loring "Bob" Newcomb, 94: Conversations About Aging

December 16th, 2019


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 …

Tom Antonik, 63: Conversations About Aging

December 2nd, 2019


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 …

Vikki Choate, 62: Conversations About Aging

November 18th, 2019


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 …

Paul Quinn, 80: Conversations About Aging

November 4th, 2019


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 …

Joanne Santee, 78: Conversations About Aging

October 21st, 2019


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 …

Ernie DeRaps, 91: Conversations About Aging

October 7th, 2019


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 …

Dr. Bill Taylor, 97: Conversations About Aging

September 23rd, 2019


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 …

Mary Hamblen, 98: Conversations About Aging

September 18th, 2019


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 …

Bill Saltzer, 93: Conversations About Aging

August 26th, 2019


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 …

Leona Chasse, 95: Conversations About Aging

August 12th, 2019


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 …

Shirl Weaver, 82: Conversations About Aging

July 15th, 2019


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 …

Joy Hare, 75: Conversations About Aging

July 1st, 2019


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 …

Bill Green, 65: Conversations About Aging

June 17th, 2019


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 …

Lavon Harris, 100: Conversations About Aging

June 4th, 2019


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. …

Sue Hoyt, 73: Conversations About Aging

May 20th, 2019


Conversations About Aging is a Catching Health podcast. I'm traveling the state of Maine interviewing people 60+ about their perspectives on aging. …

Dr. Bob McAfee, 84: Conversations About Aging

May 6th, 2019


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 …

Peesh, 76: Conversations About Aging

April 22nd, 2019


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 …

Jack, 74: Conversations About Aging

April 8th, 2019


For most of his adult life, Jack has struggled with bouts of anxiety and depression. During our conversation, two things, in particular, stood out …

Emma, 86: Conversations About Aging

March 25th, 2019


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Wayne, 64: Conversations About Aging

March 11th, 2019


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.

Leona, 92: Conversations About Aging

February 25th, 2019


Conversations About Aging is a podcast about .... aging. I am traveling the state of Maine talking to people about their perspectives on growing …

Donato Tramuto: Conversations About Aging

February 11th, 2019


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 …

Dr. Mark Publicker/Opioid addiction and reversing an overdose with Narcan

May 22nd, 2018


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 …

Revive Civility/Mark Hews

April 16th, 2018


Were you ever told that you should never discuss religion or politics in polite company? Have you noticed that these days everything, especially …

Dr. Kathleen Hart/Eating Disorders Association of Maine

April 2nd, 2018


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 …

The latest concussion research/Dr. Micky Collins

March 6th, 2018


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 …

George Smith: Diagnosed with ALS

February 19th, 2018


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 …

Jane Tholen reclaims her life after 30 years on antidepressants

February 6th, 2018


In 1984, Jane Tholen was prescribed an antidepressant to help her cope with two harrowing experiences. It caused serious side effects, so she was …

How to lead a more spiritual life

January 22nd, 2018


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, …

How to talk to your kids about sex

January 11th, 2018


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 …

Seeking clarity about dementia

December 13th, 2017


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 …

Diabetes Connections with Stacey Simms

November 28th, 2017


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 …

Arise Portland: A new experimental ministry that celebrates and fosters wholeness

November 13th, 2017


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 …

A unique retreat in Maine for combat-injured vets and their families

November 7th, 2017


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 …

How to find a career that you really, really love

October 17th, 2017


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 …

Menopause: How to survive its powerful ups and downs

October 3rd, 2017


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 …

How to practice gratitude and why you should

September 19th, 2017


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. …

Menopause/Hormone Therapy

September 5th, 2017


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 …

Caring for someone with dementia/Teepa Snow

August 22nd, 2017


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 …

Raising Sexually Healthy Children/Jennifer Wiessner

August 8th, 2017


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 …

Community Paramedicine/Daphne Russell

July 24th, 2017


Community paramedicine is a growing trend around the country, particularly in rural areas. The primary goal of community paramedicine programs is to …

Cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment/Dr. Scot Remick

July 11th, 2017


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 …

To Root & To Rise: Accepting Brain Injury/Carole Starr

June 27th, 2017


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 …

A man's guide to happy, healthy and long life/Dr. Lenard Kaye

June 12th, 2017


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 …

Eating Disorders/Dr. Patrice Lockhart

May 30th, 2017


Dr. Patrice Lockhart, medical director of the New England Eating Disorders Program at Sweetser, talks about risks, symptoms, and treatment of eating disorders.

Common sleep problems/Dr. Christopher Hughes

May 15th, 2017


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 …

Vein diseases/Dr. Cindy Asbjornsen

May 1st, 2017


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 …

IBS and FODMAPs/Patsy Catsos

April 17th, 2017


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 …

National Inclusion Project/Aron Hall

March 23rd, 2017


Research shows that solid friendships help us live longer, happier lives. But many children, especially children with disabilities, have great …

No more procrastinating/Timothy Pychyl

March 19th, 2017


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 …

Making Life Easy/Dr. Christiane Northrup

March 7th, 2017


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 …

Preventing heart disease/Dr. Brandei Wingard

February 19th, 2017


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 …

When love gets rocky/ Erin Oldham, Ph.D.

February 7th, 2017


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 …

Understanding naturopathic medicine/Dr. Sarah Kotzur

January 22nd, 2017


Naturopathic medicine focuses on the body's inherent ability to heal itself. Naturopathic physician Dr. Sarah Kotzur, who practices in Portland, …

Music Therapy/ Kate Beever, Music Therapist

January 11th, 2017


You might think that listening to music is therapeutic. It is, but music therapist Kate Beever takes it to a different level.

Weight loss tips/Jackie Conn, Weight Watchers

December 27th, 2016


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 …

A discussion about suicide/Dr. Marc Kaplan

December 13th, 2016


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 …

Palliative Care/ Dr. Diane Meier

November 29th, 2016


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.

High Tide, Low Tide: The Caring Friend's Guide to Bipolar Disorder

November 14th, 2016


Fran Houston and Marty Baker are best friends even though they live 3000 miles apart. They recently published a book about their friendship and …

Breast Cancer Detection/Dr. Suzanne Hoekstra

November 1st, 2016


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.

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