Pioneer’s Compass producer takes viewers on a trip to the Teal’s Grocery store in Paynesville, Minnesota where a local Act on Alzheimer’s group has started a grocery shopping program for families and caregivers of community members dealing with the disease. Paynesville ACT on Alzheimer's coordinator, Linda Musel is featured in the story along with Dr. Ray Lindeman who volunteers with the group. ACT on Alzheimer’s is a volunteer driven, statewide collaboration preparing Minnesota for the impacts of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia.
Pioneer’s General Manager, Les Heen, hosts an in-studio discussion with Deb Richman,
Vice President of Education and Outreach for the Alzheimer's Association of Minnesota-North Dakota, and Kathy Gilbride, Community Development specialist with the Central Minnesota Council on Aging about various initiatives that provide elders with the highest level of independence possible with community care programs designed to reduce isolation and improve access to services.
For the Compass Literature Corner, Prosser interviews author Ben Utecht of Lakeville, MN about his autobiography "Counting the Days While My Mind Slips Away: A Love Letter to My Family." The book follows Utecht’s career as he grows from promising high school athlete, to college starter at U of M, to professional free agency and the effects that faith, love and head injuries have had on his life and family.
For more information visit:
Paynesville Act on Alzheimer's Facebook page.
Alzheimer's Association of Minnesota-North Dakota web site.
Central Minnesota Council on Aging web site.
Ben Utecht web site
Compass is recorded, produced and edited by Laura Kay Prosser, Pioneer’s public affairs journalist. Corporate support for the program is provided by contributions from the Leo P. Flynn Estate and the Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council. Viewers with story ideas and issues they would like to see discussed on Compass are encouraged to contact Pioneer Public Television via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the station at 1-800-726-3178.
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