About dianeatwood

Hello! I'm Diane Atwood. For many years, I was the health reporter on WCSH6. Now I write the Catching Health blog and produce and host the Catching Health podcast. I love what I do and hope you will too.

Fred Craigie on living a meaningful, joyful, and peaceful life

What does it mean to be you? If that seems like a question that would require deep reflection, you are right. It's exactly what psychologist Dr. Fred Craigie is inviting us to do. In this Catching Health podcast, he has a wealth of questions to help lead us along a path of self-reflection and he has a new book that we should certainly take along on our journey.

By |2020-11-24T23:13:07-05:00November 24th, 2020|Podcast|0 Comments

Looking forward to the future one scarf at a time

When COVID forced a lockdown in London in early March, Hazell Jacobs knew she had to find something to help her cope. She found inspiration in her vast scarf collection and decided to write a blog about them. Its title Scarf Aid is an apt one. The stories about her scarves that she has been weaving since March have brought comfort not only to Hazell but to her growing list of followers. This is Hazell's story.

By |2020-11-10T12:33:31-05:00November 9th, 2020|Pandemic, Podcast|0 Comments

Understanding the impact of COVID on senior living communities

People who live in senior and assisted living communities are at increased risk when it comes to COVID because of their age and the likelihood they have underlying health issues. How these communities tackle keeping residents and staff safe during the pandemic can be either life-saving or life-threatening. I look at one company that has been trying hard to get it right.

By |2020-10-27T15:00:05-04:00October 27th, 2020|Health News, Pandemic|2 Comments

Catherine Gentile, author

Listen to my conversation (there's also a transcript available) with Maine author Catherine Gentile. Her latest book, Small Lies was just released. We talk about the stories in it, including the lie we tell ourselves about aging, and we talk about Alzheimer's' — which both of our mothers had — and how to possibly prevent this horrible disease.

By |2020-10-29T10:17:41-04:00October 26th, 2020|Health News, Podcast|0 Comments

A conversation about aging with a soaring senior

Rita Losee describes herself as a Woman of adventure, Doctor of Success, Proponent of Prosperity, InspirACTional Speaker, Author. She is that and more. Decades ago, she made a promise to herself that she would live a life of adventure. What a ride it has been and she is not even close to slowing down. At 78, Rita is also doing her best to encourage people to follow her lead. Instead of thinking it's all downhill from here, you could be a soaring senior — just like Rita.

By |2020-09-27T19:55:00-04:00September 14th, 2020|Health News, Podcast|0 Comments

Your aging parents are getting a divorce? Now what?

Whether they were caught off guard or they've been expecting their parents to divorce for years, many adult children are rocked to the core when it actually happens. Family therapists Carol Hughes and Bruce Fredenburg have written a book called Home Will Never Be the Same Again. They did it because, in their experience, few people recognize the impact divorce can have on adult children. In this episode of the Catching Health podcast, the authors offer a useful guide for so-called adult children of gray divorce.

By |2020-08-24T15:43:33-04:00August 24th, 2020|Health News, Podcast|0 Comments

Our Wisdom Years and how to make the most of them

How can you grow older with joy, fulfillment, resilience, and no regrets? You could begin by reading the book Our Wisdom Years by psychologist Dr. Charles Garfield. Instead of fighting against aging or later life as he calls it, he suggests that we embrace the opportunity to live a more meaningful life. His book provides a roadmap that is guaranteed to lead you down a road of adventure and deep reflection. Listen to our conversation and learn more.

By |2020-08-14T16:37:31-04:00August 14th, 2020|Health News, Podcast|0 Comments