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.

COVID-19’s impact on a small business

The threat of COVID-19 has turned our world(s) upside down. People isolated at home, some working, some out of a job, some not well, many feeling overwhelmed and uncertain. Pete Smith's story is that the business he and his partner Gudrun worked so hard to build is now closed. But as you'll see, Pete's an optimist.

By |2020-04-09T14:37:02-04:00March 24th, 2020|Health News, Pandemic|0 Comments

Conversations About Aging: Wayne Newell, 77

Wayne Newell is a Passamaquoddy Indian Man who was born and raised on the Pleasant Point Indian Reservation in Maine. After getting a master's degree at Harvard he and his family made their home on the nearby Indian Township Reservation, where he taught until his retirement in 2012. Although struggling with health issues, Wayne's mind and spirit are going strong. I hope you enjoy and will learn from our conversation. I did.

By |2020-03-24T11:44:03-04:00March 23rd, 2020|Podcast|0 Comments

Bright Side March 14, 2020

Having trouble sleeping lately? I am. Seems all I can think about is COVID-19. I feel caught between wanting to learn as much as I can and wanting to turn everything off. But I received a few unexpected gifts today that brightened up my attitude. I'd like to share them with you.

By |2020-04-09T14:37:03-04:00March 14th, 2020|Health News, Pandemic|2 Comments

COVID-19 and another way to say I love you

All across the country and here in Maine, events are being canceled or postponed, people are being encouraged to stay home, when possible, they are working from home, classes are being offered online. The list grows minute by minute. Alongside these measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 is the risk that some people will feel disconnected from their loved ones. One example, those who live in long-term care facilities and nursing homes that are now closed to visitors.

By |2020-04-09T14:37:03-04:00March 13th, 2020|Health News, Pandemic|2 Comments

Trevor Maxwell mans up to cancer

The story of a man whose life took a dark turn when he learned he had Stage IV colorectal cancer. Because of the love and support of his family he was able to pull himself out of that dark place. The key was realizing that he couldn't do it alone. Now he is providing support to other men with cancer.

By |2020-03-17T22:57:30-04:00March 13th, 2020|Health News|0 Comments

Conversations About Aging: Joe Cupo, 68

For many people in Maine, my guest in this episode of Conversations About Aging is like an old friend. For 37 years, he broadcast the weather on the state's top news station — WCSH-TV. What's Joe Cupo up to now? He's enjoying retirement to the fullest and still keeping an eye on the weather.

By |2020-03-09T09:16:08-04:00March 9th, 2020|Podcast|0 Comments

Conversations About Aging: Ann Quinlan, 81

She's got a lilt in her voice and a twinkle in her eyes. The time flew by as I sat and talked with Ann Quinlan for the latest conversation about aging. She's certainly not going to let a few decades (like about eight) get in the way of her enjoying life to its fullest. Settle in for some stories.

By |2020-03-06T08:35:37-05:00February 10th, 2020|Podcast|4 Comments

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|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