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All About Aging 9/16/20: Interview with Gray Matters author Dr. Ellyn Lem

Guest Producer/Host: Amy Browne, filling in this month for Peg Cruikshank

A discussion of the new book, Gray Matters: Finding Meaning in the Stories of Later Life just released by Rutgers University Press, with the author, Dr. Ellyn Lem. All About Aging founder and host Peg Cruikshank wrote the forward for the book. Peg was unable to join us as planned, but will be returning to her host role soon.

All About Aging 2/19/20: Death with Dignity

Producer/Host: Peg Cruikshank
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Key Discussion Points:
-Maine law passed Sept 2019
-Many safeguards and only an individual may hasten her death
-Although a majority of Mainers favor Death with Dignity, some groups such as Hospice oppose it
-Other hospice groups support the concept
-Guest interviewed just back from first national Medical Aid in Dying conference in Berkeley

Guests:
Valerie Lovelace, Director of Maine Death with Dignity
Patricia Hymanson, D-York, chair of legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee and sponsor of the Maine law

About the host:
Peg Cruikshank received an MA in gerontology from San Francisco State University. After moving to Maine she taught courses on women’s aging at the University of Maine and the University of Southern Maine. Her book Learning to be Old: gender, culture and aging was named one of the best books on human rights in 2004 by the Myers Center for Human Rights in Boston. Cruikshank also edited an anthology of literary works on aging titled Fierce with Reality. She lives in Corea.

All About Aging 12/18/19: Maine Coalition on Aging, hospice volunteers & Evensong

Producer/Host: Peg Cruikshank
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Key Discussion Points:
MCOA deals with 95 programs and agencies
Evensong sings in hospitals as well as homes
Music is a great comfort to the dying and their families

Guests:
Jess Mauer Executive director MCOA
Sue Davis, retired hospice nurse and long-time hospice volunteer
Cookie Horner, coordinator of Evensong

About the host:
Peg Cruikshank, host of “All About “All About Aging” received an MA in gerontology from San Francisco State University. After moving to Maine she taught courses on women’s aging at the University of Maine and the University of Southern Maine. Her book Learning to be Old: gender, culture and aging was named one of the best books on human rights in 2004 by the Myers Center for Human Rights in Boston. Cruikshank also edited an anthology of literary works on aging titled Fierce with Reality. She lives in Corea.

All About Aging 10/16/19: Older Adults Dating & UMaine Center on Aging

Producer/Host: Peg Cruikshank
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Deb Burwell, Facilitator, talks about an upcoming event called “Singles Mingle” for people ages 55+, which will take place at Nautilus Restaurant in Belfast on Sunday, October 27th, 2-5pm. Pre-registration is required by 10/22: deb@paddlingtherapids.com

Dr. Len Kaye, Director of the University of Maine Center on Aging talks about their programs and new grants.

All About Aging 9/18/19: Health Benefits of Music & Ellsworth Library Senior Services

Producer/Host: Peg Cruikshank
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

-Ellsworth senior services are extensive
-Anyone can sing and enjoy music
-People with dementia remember songs from their past

Guests:
Amy Weishart, Director, Ellsworth Public Library, FMI: www.ellsworth.lib.me.us/
Allison Smith & Hunt Smith, Professional Musicians, Steuben, Maine FMI: www.huntandallison.net/