Show #11: Aging Parents: Preparing, Caring, Protecting

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young-old-hand-300x240According to US News, “Nineteen million Americans care for someone over age 75, typically a parent or a grandparent, who may or may not live with them. Often called “informal caregivers,” these adult children or relatives provide 75 to 80 percent of all long-term care in the United States.”

We talked about the issues of preparing for this stage of life, caregiving, and prevention of theft and scam through awareness. Thanks to our guests in this important show: we learned a lot!!

by the way, the FBI has a great page for info on scams and fraud. As our guests reminded us, “awareness is key.” Check it out!

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Show 10: Good Nutrition: Sustainably Delicious

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Sustainably Delicious by our guest Michel Nischan

Sustainably Delicious by our guest Michel Nischan

How can we eat well and deliciously? Going to local farmers is one important key to food that both tastes amazing and is better for us. Guest Michel Nischan – chef, cookbook author and CEO and founder of Wholesome Wave. He teamed up with like-minded actor and philanthropist Paul Newman to open “The Dressing Room-Newman’s Own”, a homegrown restaurant located on the grounds of Westport’s Country Playhouse.

On the phone we also welcome guest Glen Colello – co-owner with Lisa Storch of Catch a Healthy Habit Café in Fairfield, Connecticut. The Café serves Raw Food, Juice Bar and Smoothies.

Gus FVRx

Launch of Wholesome Wave’s Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program (FVRx) in two New York City Hospitals

A bit about Wholesome Wave – “Wholesome Wave programs improve the accessibility and affordability of healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables. We reach over 28 states, working with more than 60 community-based organizations who manage nearly 400 farm-to-retail venues, and impact more than 3,200  farmers.”

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Show #9: Love, Medicine, and Miracles, w/Bernie Siegel

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Bernie's 12th Book

Bernie’s 12th Book

Our special guest for this show is Dr. Bernie Seigel. Bernie  has touchedmany lives all over the planet. In 1978 he reached a national and international audience when he began talking about patient empowerment. In his latest book ( his 12th ) “A Book of Miracles- Inspiring True Stories of Healing , Gratitude, and Love.” Dr. Seigel reaffirms his original beliefs, who advices more LOVE as a path to healing, and with a lifetime’s wisdom and experience, he trusts in miracles more than ever,

 

Trio’s Tips:
Diana-Forgiveness is Love, un-forgiveness is hate. Forgive the wrongs done by others to you, and perhaps others will forgive you for your wrongs.

Nicky– Healing comes from having faith and love in your heart.

Randye– Sometimes the only thing left to change about a situation is your reaction to it, and your thoughts about it.

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Show #8: The Commonality of Faith

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Interfaith Hug

Interfaith Hug

If all faiths share the idea of “love one another”, why do we get bogged down in whose idea about faith is “right”? We explore what faiths have in common with Dr. Brian Stiltner, Chairperson and Associate Professor of Department of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies at Sacred Heart University.

PS – You may also want to check out a related article in the Connecticut Post. On Sunday, July 28, 2013 nearly 100 Jews, Christians and Muslims gathered on McLevy Green in downtown Bridgeport for an interfaith celebration and meal in observance of Ramadan.

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Show # 7: The Power of Purpose

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Champions! Mentor and Mentee

Champions! Mentor and Mentee

Leo Rosten said, “The purpose of life is not to be happy; but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all.” Randye, Nicky and Diana talk about the power of purpose, with special guests Tina Banas of Family Reentry Champions and Daee McKnight, Re-Entry Coordinator helping those released from prison to find ways to make their life matter now.

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Show #6: Juggling: Attempting the Work-Life Balance

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juggleWork Life. Personal Life. Skills. Hobbies. Friends. Family. How do we juggle it all? Or do we? Randye, Nicky and Diana talk about striving for balance in this special “Just Us” Episode. Every six weeks, we go it alone, just the three of us sans guest. Like having coffee with friends!

Some tips we shared:(lots more in the podcast)

  • It’s not easy! It’s a continuous process. Try balancing on one leg and you’ll see what we mean!
  • Working at home? Separate Workspace from Living Space
  • Remember to take care of yourself too. Have something to look forward to, even if it’s just a cup of tea after the kids are in bed
  • Diana: remember that everyone else struggles with this too – cut yourself some slack!
  • Randye: Prioritize, Compartmentalize, Schedule…and do your best. Forgive yourself.
  • Nicky: “Never, never never give up!” Winston Churchill

 

 

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Show #5: Critical Thinking

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What happens when we teach people “how we think”? The results can be amazing, from elementary school students to seniors. Out guests are Katayoun Kamyab, biomedical scientist and Instrumental Enrichment      ( “Brain Gym”) teacher; and Dr. David Martin, author of “Thinking Academy” – learn about meta-cognition and how it helps us!

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Show #4: Happiness Now

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happiness meditation

small book, big results!

Staying in the moment and focusing on gratitude are two of the keys to being happy – exactly where we are. Randye, Nicky and Diana speak with guest Dr. Paul Epstein, naturopathic physician, mind-body therapist, mindfulness meditation teacher – and he guides us all through a meditation!

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Show #3: Beauty in Our Surroundings

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We are constantly and deeply affected by what surrounds us, from the company we keep to the rooms where we live, work, love. Randye, Nicky and Diana welcome guests Susan Lovallo (Clutter Solutions) and Lurrae Lupone (feng shui consultant)

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Show #2: Mental Illness, A Family Affair

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When mental illness happens, it happens to the whole family. In fact, at any given time, 1 out of 4 families in the US is dealing with major mental illness in one of its members. How to cope? What to do? Why the stigma?
Life Talk Show panel with guest Judy Gardner, President of NAMI Fairfield, CT. We also discuss Randye’s book, Ben Behind His Voices

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