Chuck Fink, the founder of a group named Men’s Wisdom Works, is my first guest this morning, via telephone, from Ashville, NC. Chuck Fink (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a trained facilitator who has led discussion groups in higher education, corporate and non-profit organizations. You know it’s often interesting to me how I find guests for my show, and how very many people are involved in improving the human condition, from a variety of different walks of life. I can’t actually tell you how I connected with Chuck, but it was a fortuitous occasion.
Chuck moved to Ashville from Ohio, and found himself if a bit of a funk (aka depression). His wife was ready to get started when they arrived in western North Carolina, but Chuck was looking to find his next chapter. He was inspired in 2009 after hearing a speaker from AARP comment that men’s groups dont’ express feelings very well. And so, the seeds of an idea for Men’s Wisdom Works were planted. He discusses with us this morning the concept of ‘PIPs’, or previously important people. The transins are often times difficult, espcially for men.
The message contained in the wisdom of Men’s Wisdom Works is that we’re not here to fix any thing or any one. We are here to share with other men: our thoughts, hopes, dreams and fears, that we may not have shared in the past for a variety of reasons.
Dr. Todd Engel of the Engel Institute was my second guest this morning. Dr. Engel was able to sit with me in studio to discuss his mission of educating dentists around the world in the proper procedures for dental implants. Dr. Engel was in studio with me a year or so ago, and he was instrumental in assisting me with obtaining two implants to replace teeth that I lost several years ago. I am so grateful to Dr. Engel for his assistance and expertise, and I can tell you that this decision to have dental implants done was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. Now I can eat all the foods that I like and that are healthy for me, and I am confident with my smile and public speaking. Check out his web site, Engelinstitute.com/patients for information on Dr. Engel’s services and the assistance that he provides for older people who are in need of his services.
Mental health issues among senior adults is an area of health care that too often goes untreated. Some people may see an underlying clinic depression as a natural part of aging, which it is not. Today we learn about some of the symptoms of mental health issues in seniors. Our guests are Peggy Baddour (Founder of One Source Solutions Inc, and LifeSource Inc.), Dove Avylla (Chief Operating Officer, LifeSource Inc.), and Dr. Arlene Gallan (Clinical Psychologist). To learn more, be sure to tune in!
- Peggy Baddour
Founder, One Source Solutions Inc.
Founder, LifeSource Inc.
- Dove Avylla
Chief Operating Officer
- Dr. Arlene Gallan
Clinical Director, LifeSource Inc.
This week on Radio 4 the Ages, we were joined by Jonathan Kromer (Social Worker & Psychotherapist with Senior Health Connection at Carolinas HealthCare System) for the duration of the show to talk about depression and suicide among senior adults. We learned that depression and thoughts of suicide are not part of the normal ageing process, and that there is help out there for people suffering from depression and thoughts of suicide.
- Jonathan Kromer
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Clinical Social Worker in Gerontology (CSW-G)
Senior Health Connection
Carolinas HealthCare System