About dianeatwood

Hello! I'm Diane Atwood. For many years, I was the health reporter on WCSH6. Now I write Catching Health with Diane Atwood. I also produce and host Conversations About Aging, which is a Catching Health podcast. I love what I do and hope you will too.

Conversations About Aging: Alma Thomas, 96

When World War II ended, Alma Thomas was living and working in New York City. While she didn't witness the iconic picture of the sailor kissing the girl in Times Square, she says everyone was celebrating and hugging each other. She moved from New York to Maine and later traveled around the world with her late husband. Now Alma is 96 and back in Maine with lots of stories to share with us.

By |2020-01-13T07:08:22-05:00January 13th, 2020|Conversations About Aging Podcast|0 Comments

Vet to Vet Maine

Maine has one of the highest percentages of veterans in the nation. Many who are over 65 are living alone or with aging spouses and feel isolated from the community. Vet to Vet Maine matches volunteers who are themselves veterans with veterans who are experiencing loneliness and isolation. It makes a huge difference.

By |2020-01-14T10:28:53-05:00January 8th, 2020|Health News|0 Comments

Words of wisdom for the new year

You can't live too long without learning a life lesson or two. By the time you hit 60 and beyond, it's likely you've learned quite a few. Start off the new year with some words of wisdom from the people I interviewed this past year for my Conversations About Aging podcast.

By |2019-12-30T14:32:34-05:00December 30th, 2019|Health News|0 Comments

Conversations About Aging: Loring “Bob” Newcomb, 94

It may be a cliché, but life does have its ups and downs. That's certainly been true for Loring Newcomb, who prefers to be called Bob. He says if he could go back in time, he might change a few things. He'd change some things right now, too. At 94, he's pretty active, but he says he's often lonely. Hear Bob's story in the latest episode of Conversations About Aging.

By |2019-12-16T09:56:19-05:00December 16th, 2019|Conversations About Aging Podcast|0 Comments

Shall we go to Ireland?

I've heard so many people say that as soon as they retire, they plan to travel. Well, recently, I met a woman who's long past retirement age and she's not just taking trips, she's leading them — to the land of her birth. Ireland.

By |2019-12-12T18:45:30-05:00December 11th, 2019|Health News|1 Comment

Hair Matters

People often don't realize how devastating it is to lose all your hair during cancer treatments. Debby Porter understands and that's why she started a program called Hair Matters. Because it does.

By |2019-12-06T11:04:10-05:00December 5th, 2019|Health News|1 Comment

The Crabby Old Man

A poem called "The Crabby Old Man" has made the rounds for years. It turns out the story behind the poem is not accurate, but it still contains a useful message. He may seem crabby, but the man is simply feeling lonely, isolated, invisible, and depressed.

By |2019-10-28T15:09:36-04:00October 28th, 2019|Health News|2 Comments

Chicken soup for the flu

Chicken soup is the ultimate comfort food and many people swear that it also has healing qualities. Since it's flu season in Maine, let's make some chicken soup or if you're at my house, you'll get chicken lemon soup. Good for what ails you.

By |2019-10-25T10:33:38-04:00October 24th, 2019|Nosh & Nutrition|0 Comments