Project Milwaukee: Wise Today, Well Tomorrow?

Americans expect to live longer, healthier lives than previous generations. Some adults are already staying active in the workplace and beyond, but, like most things, growing old gracefully is easier said than done. Staying healthy requires more than just quality medical care and social support; it also requires good financial health.

For the Project Milwaukee: Wise Today, Well Tomorrow? series, WUWM News and Lake Effect produced radio reports that examined: proactive steps people can take at any age to prepare their bodies, minds, and bank accounts for aging; the latest research on treating age-related conditions; efforts in the medical community to better coordinate patient care; and more.

WUWM's Project Milwaukee: Wise Today, Well Tomorrow? live remote broadcast was held on Wednesday, November 19th, 2008 at Cudahy's Irish Pub at The Pabst Theater.

WUWM invited listeners to the live broadcast of Project Milwaukee to watch live interviews about aging and wellness and meet the WUWM staff.

Morning host, Bob Bach anchored WUWM's local broadcast of NPR's Morning Edition and conducted interviews with two experts. And, WUWM's Lake Effect program was broadcast live.

Dr. Edith Burns is an associate professor of medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin in the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology. She is also the Director of Ambulatory Geriatrics at the Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Milwaukee, as well as the Program Director for the Medicine-Geriatrics Combined Residency Program in partnership with the Reynolds Foundation Initiatives in Geriatrics Education. Her research interests include immunology and aging.

Lori Kuban is an inspirational speaker, educator, and consultant. She is also a brain cancer survivor, which she was diagnosed with in December 2006. Kuban lives in Waukesha with her husband and two children. You can read her story here.

Dr. Edmund Duthie, Jr. is currently Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Geriatrics/Gerontology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He also holds the position of Section Leader of Geriatric Medicine at the Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

At 80 or 90, Life is What You Make of It

Nov 19, 2008

Today, as part of our Project Milwaukee series on aging and wellness, we focus on the fastest growing segment of older adults in Milwaukee County – people in their 80s. For that population, life can be filled with financial and health challenges - or not. Many 80- and 90-year-olds are quite healthy and active. As WUWM’s Erin Toner heard from some octogenarians, life is what you make of it.

The Director of the Milwaukee County Department on Aging, Stephanie Stein, says the community is a national leader in programs and services for older adults.

Loneliness can be one of the most troublesome aspects of aging. Gina Botshtein of Jewish Family Services says agency staff carefully screen those they serve to identify how well they're connecting with family and friends.

Rembering Not to Age

Nov 18, 2008

Anne Basting is the Director and Tom Fritsch is the Associate Director of the Center on Age and the Community at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. They talk with Mitch Teich about the different strategies to stave off cognitive decline and how there is now some optimism that the mental decline of old age need not be a rapid phenomenon.

Commentator Mel Miskimen is an award-winning writer, author, playwright, and a regular contributor to Lake Effect. She explores another angle to aging and being well.

Being Wise in Your 20's

Nov 18, 2008

Dr. Julie Bonner is the executive director of the Norris Health Center at UW-Milwaukee and the campus health officer. She tells Lake Effect’s Stephanie Lecci that, unfortunately, she thinks that most young adults aren’t thinking about preparing themselves health-wise for when they get older.

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.

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.

Economics of Aging

Nov 17, 2008

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.

Medical Homes

Nov 17, 2008

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.

Judy Steininger Will Not Go Gently

Nov 17, 2008

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.