October 29, 2015


Guests: Anna Schaub, Palliative Care and Certified Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Trainer and Care Practitioner and Marcia Whittington, Chief Development Officer, Agrace Hospice and Palliative Care - plus Carol Hutchinson, Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, UW-Madison

People with a life expectancy of six months or less are looking to hospice for comfort and compassionate care for themselves and their loved ones.  Those with chronic conditions are finding palliative care provides them with treatment choices that help them live the highest quality of life.  On this program, Anna Schaub and Marcia Whittington, describe the difference between hospice and palliative care more fully which now extends to the growing number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias.  Learn more, also, about Agrace’s Care for All Campaign which will assure no one is ever turned away from receiving care due to lack of financial resources.

Agrace’s annual BUTTERFLY GALA is Saturday, November 7, at The Edgewater.  For ticket information, go to agrace.org.

Carol Hutchinson gives details of their upcoming free November Lecture, LIVING WELL WITH DEMENTIA, Wednesday, November 4, at the Middleton Performing Arts Center.  The Resource Fair begins at 5:00 p.m.  Speaker presentations begin at 6:00 p.m.  For more information, go to adrc.wisc.edu or call 608-265-0407.

October 21, 2015


Guests: former Wisconsin Congressmen David Obey and Tom Petri

Knowledge and experience are worth a lot, and former Wisconsin Congressmen David Obey (D) and Tom Petri (R) are sharing both as they take their message on the road throughout Wisconsin in a Civic Participation Lecture Series.  On this program, the Congressmen give their views on the function and dysfunction of the current Congress snd share their perspective on how politics works at the state and national levels, and the importance of civic participation in bipartisan discussions.

The next opportunity for students and the general public to hear their presentation is Monday, October 26, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the University of Wisconsin/Fox Valley.  For more information, go to the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service website, www.wipps.org.

October 15, 2015


Guests: Melinda Heinritz, Director of Strategic Partnerships including A Fund for Women, Madison Community Foundation;  Therese Gulbransen, Chair of A Fund for Women Advisory Committee

Transforming our community so that women and girls can reach their full potential is the vision of A Fund for Women, a separate fund within the Madison Community Foundation. “But you have to believe it is possible before you can make it happen,” says Melinda Heinritz. That’s why the theme for this year’s Annual Dinner and Fundraiser to benefit A Fund for Women is: IMAGINE MADISON:  THE FUTURE BELONGS TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN THE BEAUTY OF THEIR DREAMS.  The 22nd anniversary event is Wednesday evening, October 21, at Monona Terrace.

On this program, Melinda Heinritz and Therese Gulbransen describe the evolution of A Fund for Women from a time when mainstream charities and foundations were falling short in providing support to programs that benefited women and girls to today - when the newest focus is promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment through their Earn - Save - Invest Initiative.

For more information and reservations for the Annual Dinner, go to www.affw.org.

October 9, 2015


Guests: State Representative Dianne Hesselbein (D-Middleton), Vice Chair, Speaker's Task Force on Alzheimer's and Dementia; Rob Gundermann, Public Policy Director, Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin

Over 116,000 people in Wisconsin suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and the numbers are growing rapidly.  While researchers search for a cure, effective treatment, or ways to prevent Alzheimer’s, critical legislation has been passed or is under consideration to help caregivers and family members ease the burden of care and improve community resources and the safety and quality of care of those diagnosed.

On this program, State Representative Dianne Hesselbein (D-Middleton) and Rob Gundermann talk about the success of legislation like the Silver Alert Bill passed last year to help locate lost seniors and new legislation and state programs that are being put forward to address this devastating disease.

The Dane County Alzheimer’s Walk to benefit the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin will be held at Warner Park, Saturday morning, October 10.  Festivities begin at 9:00 am when people can learn more about what services and new initiatives are available. There is a 2-mile walk and a shorter walk on the park sidewalks. Anyone can register by going to alzwisc.org.