Journey Ahead features upbeat conversations with area experts on how you or your aging loved ones can live life to the fullest in the Chippewa Valley. Hosted by Lisa Wells of the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County, enjoy discussions focused on enhancing the quality life while aging, living with dementia, keeping our aging loved ones active and healthy, changing attitudes on aging, and many more insightful topics. Subscribe for free to always get the latest monthly episode.

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Podcast Episodes

Ep 12: Resilience in Later Life

In this episode, author and educator Ted Bowman, who specializes in grief, loss, and “honest hope,” talks to host Lisa Wells of the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County about fostering resiliency.

Ep 11: Living Well With Dementia

In this episode, Russell Martoccio talks with host Lisa Wells of the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County about the mental and physical impact of his diagnosis, how it has affected his daily life, how support groups and his faith have helped him, and the necessity of accepting change as a part of life.

Ep 10: Confronting the Causes of Loneliness, Guest: Moira Kneer

In this episode, author and retired chaplain Moria Kneer speaks with host Lisa Wells of the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County about the difference between being alone and being lonely, the importance of identifying our underlying feelings, and strategies for reducing isolation as we grow older.

Ep 9: Confronting Alzheimer’s Disease

Dr. Dow talks with host Lisa Wells of the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County about Alzheimer’s disease, the factors that impact it, and an exciting vaccine study happening right here in Eau Claire.

Ep 8: Staying Safe from Scams

Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Deputy Melissa Sommers talks with host Lisa Wells of the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County about the variety of scams that target seniors and how older folks, their families, and their caregivers can avoid being financial exploited.

Ep 7: Celebrating the Power of Music

Cathy Reitz talks with host Lisa Wells of the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County about the many – and sometimes unexpected – benefits music provides for the mind, body, and soul.

Ep 6: Maintaining Mind and Body

Host Lisa Wells of the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County chats with two Chippewa Valley professionals – Anne Sadowska, an occupational therapist, and Laura Hurd, a speech-language pathologist – about the sometimes surprising ways their fields can help those living with dementia lead meaningful lives.

Ep 5: Nourishing Our Bodies and Our Brains

Registered dietician Pam VanKampen chats with host Lisa Wells of the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County about how our diet can keep our bodies and brains healthy, improve our moods, and boost our energy levels.

Ep 4: Emphasizing Active Aging

Mary Pica-Anderson, executive director of the L.E. Phillips Senior Center in Eau Claire, talks with host Lisa Wells of the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County about the positive impact of maintaining physical activity on our bodies and minds.

Ep 3: Becoming a Caregiver for Others – and Yourself

Dr. Larry Studt talks with host Lisa Wells of the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County about his own caregiving journey. Larry’s wife, Rachel, experienced a rare form of young onset dementia, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, which unexpectedly thrust him into a caregiving role.

Ep 2: Plan Now to Avoid Pain Later

Eau Claire attorney Peter Grosskopf talks with host Lisa Wells of the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County about how to overcome our reluctance and take steps to secure our futures.

Ep 1: Age-Related Memory Loss vs. Dementia

Host Lisa Wells of the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County chats with Dr. Joan Hamblin of Prevea Health about memory and the aging brain.

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