Monday, December 9, 2013
New American Diet
Guests: Dr. John Whyte, author of "AARP's New American Diet"; Albert Hollenbeck, PhD, Senior Research Advisor, AARP; Pam Anderson, Food Expert for AARP and best-selling author. With the CDC reporting that 70% of Americans over the age of 45 are overweight, and a third obese, it's no wonder that we're always looking for that new fad diet. It's now time to start looking at a different type of trend when it comes to dieting. The New American Diet, developed by Dr. John Whyte and AARP, looks at 17 years of scientific research to help develop guidelines for a healthier way to eat. Diets aren't about vanity, they're about healthy lifestyles. We are joined on our studio by Dr. John Whyte, author of, "AARP's New American Diet," and Albert Hollenbeck, Senior Research Advisor for AARP. Our guests share with Lark some of the key findings from their studies, as well as some dos and don'ts when it comes to healthy eating. We also take a trip to the kitchen, where Dr. Whyte and AARP Food Expert Pam Anderson show us what a day's worth of healthy food and drink looks like. Segment 3: The Poll - US Postal Service.
Monday, December 16, 2013
Hospitals: Havens Or Hazards
Guests: Leah Binder, President & CEO of The Leapfrog Group; Gabrielle Redford, Editorial Project Manager for "AARP the Magazine"; Gerald McClinton, Son of hospital malpractice victim. Although a hospital's primary role is to care and provide for its patients, it is estimated that preventable hospital mistakes contribute to over 180,000 American deaths every year. The staggering number has led many institutions to rethink safety implementation in the hopes of reducing the chance of a mishap. Seattle's Virginia Mason Medical Center, a leader in hospital safety who was recently voted safest hospital of the decade by the Leapfrog Group, began its climb to safety perfection after the preventable death of one of its patients. We are joined in the studio for a panel discussion by Leah Binder, President and CEO of the Leapfrog Group, and Gabrielle Redford, Editorial Project Manager for "AARP the Magazine." Our guests share with Lark the Leapfrog Group's criteria for its Hospital Safety Score, as well as giving us a scope of the problem on preventable deaths in hospitals. We also speak with Gerald McClinton, whose mother died from an avoidable mistake at Virginia Mason, and whose death became a positive catalyst for change. Segment 3: The Poll - Whom Do You Trust?
Monday, December 23, 2013
Guests: Dr. Majid Fotuhi, Medical Director of The Neurology Institute for Brain Health and Fitness; Dr. Sandra Chapman, Chief Director of the Center for BrainHealth at University of Texas; Dr. Henry Mahncke, CEO of Posit Science. Research now shows that some memory loss attributed to aging can be slowed, or even prevented. Growing older does not necessarily mean growing forgetful or having to be affected by 'senior moments.' There is now evidence that mental stimulation can improve your mental wellbeing. Whether using "brain games" or other logistical exercises, you can now help your brain be stronger and healthier. Lark McCarthy is joined in our studios to discuss the present state of brain research by doctors Majid Fotuhi and Sandra Chapman, both leading experts in neuroscience. Also on our show, Lark is put to the test by Dr. Henry Mahncke, when she is challenged to play a variety of online brain games. Segment 3: Healthy Resolutions.
Monday, December 30, 2013
Guests: Kevin Hassett, Director of Economic Policy Studies at American Enterprise Institute; Dean Baker, Co-Director at Center for Economic and Policy Research; Marci Alboher, Author of "The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life". The Great Recession has had a major impact on all facets of the US economy. An impact which has been felt primarily by older workers. Long-term unemployment has become a too familiar problem for those north of 50 years of age. The development of new work-share programs, and a successful willingness to reinvent one's self, has provided some Boomers with a stopgap solution. To discuss the realities of long-term unemployment and its direct effects on personal, economic and emotional well-being, we are joined by Kevin Hassett, the Director of Economic Policy Studies at American Enterprise Institute, and Dean Baker, Co-Director at the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Also joining us to discuss practical steps to beginning a career reboot, is Marci Alboher, author of, "The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life." Segment 3: Everyday Savings.