Bonding with My Bunnies: Yoga Lesson Plans for Families & Children – Angela Lamb – Episode 151

Part 1:  Angela Lamb of Healthy Life Nation joins me again, but this time it’s to talk about her newest book, Bonding with My Bunnies: Yoga Lesson Plans for Families & Children.  The theme of this book is Rest, Play, Yoga, Repeat! Give kids the gift of yoga tailored to them! Fun games, kid-friendly final relaxation meditations, fun and relaxing breathing exercises, kid-friendly yoga practices to foster family bonding and genuine play.  Angela will share why she chose to write this book and how she feels it will help make a difference in families and childrens’ lives!

Part 2:  Weekly Words of Wisdom – Lynda talks about the importance of supporting your local farmer and shares a blog post from Wormell Farms regarding the status of their farm.

Volunteers of America – Making a Difference for So Many – Episode 150

Part 1: Volunteers of America is a spiritually based social services organization helping the area’s most vulnerable populations.   They provide affordable senior housing throughout the state, homeless veteran services, recovery services, correctional re-entry services, behavioral health services as well as a free-weeklong youth camp.  In this episode, Michael Coon, Vice President of External Relations, joins me to discuss all those services in detail and more!

Part 2: Weekly Words of Wisdom – Lynda continues the story of their beloved dog Trevor passing away and shares information to help people through the grieving process after losing a pet.

How to Care & Support Those with Dementia – Ann Quinlan – Episode 147

Ann Quinlan is a Geriatric Care Manager and Dementia Care Specialist. She has over 25 years of experience in deepening her understanding of the sadness, grief, frustration, and stress experienced when one is caring for a loved one with short-term memory loss due to ANY form of dementia. In this interview, she will share strategies from her Three Rules workshop that help people support those they care for with dementia.  If dementia is a part of your life, through caring for a loved one or through service work you provide, then this show is an absolute must listen!  Contact Ann Quinlan at avceltic@gmail.com for information on upcoming workshops.

Suicide Prevention – Maine Chapter of National Alliance for Mental Illness – Episode 142

Part 1: We all have probably either known someone who has taken their own life or have heard of suicide and how it affects the loved ones who are left behind. However, it’s one of those subjects that people tend to not talk about. But like I’ve said on my show many times before, the only way we can make things change is by being willing to acknowledge the topic and have these tough discussions. In this episode, I speak with Greg Marley, the Director of Suicide Prevention for the Maine branch of NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness). Greg talks about what mental illness is, what signs you can look for and shares tips on how to help those you love who may be suffering from a mental illness.

This show is dedicated to my cousin’s grandson, Andre James Shaeffer who passed away on June 12, 2021.
 
Part 2: Weekly Words of Wisdom – Lynda shares an email from DailyOM titled, Same Choices Same Results

Updates on my favorite non-profit organizations: Hair Matters, Madeline’s Mission & Stop Trafficking US – Episode 138

This show is a montage of 3 of my favorite Maine non-profit organizations providing updates on where their organizations have been, where they are now and what they need to continue helping so many!

Debby Porter is the Founder & CEO, of the non-profit organization Hair Matters. As a hair stylist, when Debby heard the words, “you have breast cancer” she was not only terrified for her life, but she wondered how she would cope with hair loss.  She found there was no place to turn for help with hair loss and during her recovery she vowed to create the kind of help she wasn’t able to find. That’s how Hair Matters was born. Today, Hair Matters works to restore vitality and hope and reduce fear and isolation for all who seek their help by providing emotional support and hair loss solutions in a non-medical setting. You can hear the full interview I did with Debby in Episode 67.

Amie Marzen, founder of Madeline’s Mission joins us to share the story of her beautiful daughter Madeline, whom she lost at just 4 years young to a brain tumor.  When Amie found herself in this “child loss club” she felt lost, alone, and scared and couldn’t find the support she and her family needed to help them during this difficult time.  That situation motivated her to create this non-profit organization in honor of her daughter so other families will have the support they need while coping with the loss of a child. You can hear the full interview I did with Amie on Episode 33.  

Catherine Ann Wilson, founder of Stop Trafficking US, is a child sexual abuse and sex trafficking survivor.  Catherine shares her very personal story through a worldwide platform to help prevent what happened to her from happening to other young girls and boys.  In this episode, she shares about the huge difference her organization is making by providing training to social workers, law enforcement officials and more!  You can hear the full interview I did with Catherine in Episode 35.

MedRhythms – Music and Neuroscience for Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injuries, MS, Parkinson’s and Cerebral Palsy – Episode 125

In this episode, I speak with Brian Harris.  Brian is the Co-Founder and CEO of MedRhythms; a Portland, Maine based digital therapeutics company focused on the intersection of music and neuroscience!  Brian is also a board-certified music therapist and one of 350 Neurologic Music Therapist Fellows in the world.

Brian’s clinical work is focused at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston where he created and implemented their first inpatient full time Neurologic Music Therapy program, specializing in Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injuries, MS, Parkinson’s and Cerebral Palsy and built this program to be the most comprehensive NMT program in the country.

Music has been demonstrated to globally activate the human brain, including areas that are responsible for movement, language, attention, memory, executive function, and emotion.  There is profound evidence that rhythm is able to engage the motor system to improve functional outcomes and Brian will explain how this therapy works.

I hope you find this information interesting and welcome your feedback!  Find me at https://www.successfulbalancedliving.com and http://www.facebook.com/successfulbalancedliving

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