April 27, 2012


Guests: Deedra Atkinson, Senior V.P., Community Impact, United Way of Dane County
Janet Bollig, Director, Community Resource Programs for Home Health United
Amanda Hefty, Volunteer Coordinator, SAFE At Home Program (Safety Assessment for the Elderly)

Maintaining our independence is something we all cling to, and the good news it that we have more control over that than we may think. It turns out that falls and adverse drug events are two of the major reasons seniors lose their independence. These can be prevented!

United Way of Dane County and Home Health United are taking the lead and hope to diminish the risk of falls and negative drug reactions and events significantly in Dane County through the recently-launched free SAFE At Home Program.

On this program, our guests lay the foundation for this community outreach program and why it is needed, take us through a virtual SAFE assessment, and give us important tips on what we can do to maintain a safe and healthy home environment.

For more information on this model program including setting up a home assessment, call the SAFE hotline at Home Health United, 608-223-7070, or go to safeandhealthyaging.org.

For assistance in connecting with a needed service or resource, contact United Way of Dane County at 2-1-1.

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April 19, 2012


Guests: Tom Linfield, Madison Community Foundation
Margie Navarre Saaf, Madison Public Library
Brian Simons, Verona Public Library

In this internet age, are libraries on the chopping block? I don't think so!!! - and neither will you after hearing this program. A new and energized environment is inhabiting the 28 libraries in Dane County, dramatically increasing the number of author visits, exciting exhibitions, workshops, lecture series, interactive presentations, and other lifelong learning opportunities for all ages. The goal is to promote lifelong learning, increase free programming and encourage multi-library partnerships.

On this program, Tom Linfield, Margie Navarre Saaf and Brian Simons talk about the Beyond the Page Campaign to support the expansive Humanities Programs in Dane County libraries. Their collective mission: to dream up, plan and promote new projects. Your input is welcome!

For more information on the strengthening of humanities in the Dane County Library Service, go to

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April 13, 2012


Guest: Michael Edmonds, Librarian/Archivist, Wisconsin Historical Society

The Wisconsin Historical Society is a world-renowned resource on almost anything you wish to research including The Civil War and other historical events. Michael Edmonds describes himself as a digital librarian and has led teams that mounted more than a million pages from Society collections yo the Web so researchers don't have to travel to Madison to use them. One such project was archiving The Civil War on the web.

The Civil War digital collection was published last year to help Wisconsin residents observe the 150th anniversary of the war. It contains more than 20,000 pages of original eyewitness accounts, such as letters, diaries, newspaper articles, memoirs, maps and historical images by Wisconsin soldiers, as well as about 200 short background essays to help them understand and appreciate the original documents.

On this program, Michael Edmonds brings to life the real stories of The Civil War as described in the words of those who were there. And he helps us delve further into this critical period in American history. How should we go about looking back on The Civil War? What do we know about Wisconsin's involvement and how it impacted our state? Supposedly, we are to learn from history. From the resources available to us, what can The Civil War teach us? Listen to this program for some of the answers.

And for more information on this and other historical events, go to wisconsinhistory.org. Click on Library/Archives.

Also on this program: Scott Haumersen shares details on TRI-QUEST presented by the Rotary Club of Madison. On May 20th at The Legend at Bergamount in Oregon, the pubic is invited to participate as individuals or teams in a unique run, bike and golf event to benefit low-income Dane County youth through the Madison Rotary Foundation Synergy Scholarship.

For more information, go to rotarytri-quest.org or call 608-255-9164.


April 6, 2012


Guests: Carey Gleason, Ph.D., Clinical Neuropsychologist and Administrator, ADRC-UW (Alzheimer's Disease Research Center)
Charlie Daniel, Diversity Coordinator, Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin

Alzheimer's researchers and educators are increasing their efforts to study younger and diverse populations including African-Americans who are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's Disease compared to Caucasians. What do they hope to find, and what difference will it make?

In this program, Carey Gleason, Ph.D. and Charlie Daniel use their deep understanding of the emerging news about Alzheimer's to answer those questions and more. They particularly describe their outreach to the African-American community and bring to life why early detection is so critically important.

The Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin's 5th Annual "WINE & ROSES" will be held Saturday evening, April 21st, at Nakoma Golf Club in Madison. For more information on this event or if you have questions about Alzheimer's and other dementias, go to alzwisc.org, or call 232-3400.