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Resolving Conflict with Dignity

December 1, 2016
Hosted by Dr. Merle Griff

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Do you have a difficult time letting go of times when you felt that you had been treated badly? Does dignity play a role in the recent turmoil with the presidential election? Dr. Donna Hicks is a conflict-resolution specialist. She has facilitated dialogues and worked as a third-party facilitator in troubled places throughout the world such as Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Columbia. Dr. Hicks will introduce us to her model of resolving personal conflicts as an alternate way to rebuild relationships. This model will assist you in maintaining your own dignity while being able to offer dignity to others. Dr. Hicks will also share her experiences in war-torn countries and her thoughts on the recent turmoil in the United States.

Caught Between Generations

Thursday at 12 Noon Pacific Time/3 PM Eastern Time on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel

Please note that the time of our show has changed to 12 Noon Pacific Time/3 PM Eastern Time

More than 40 percent of people in their 40s and 50s have at least one living parent, and a child under the age of 21 for whom they are providing care and assistance. Most likely there is also a job, a house to run, groceries to buy and meals to get on the table. How can you cope with the massive demand on your time for love, attention, and decision-making skills?

We know it’s not easy but Caught Between Generations is here to help. We talk all things multi-generational, and provide practical tips you can use right now and in the long term to make your life less stressful.

Our program is a one-stop shop for information and resources for caregivers of multiple generations. If you are caring for children, grandchildren, spouse and/or parents, you do not have the time or the energy to search for all of the information that you need. Caught Between Generations will help you feel more peaceful, more organized and more informed with expert interviews with those in the know.

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Dr. Merle Griff

Merle Griff, PhD is an expert on caring for both children and aging parents. She has been an invited speaker at international and national conferences such as the World Congress on Family and Play Therapy. Dr. Griff has written extensively on intergenerational dynamics, including her book LinkAges, as well as numerous book chapters and articles on topics such as The Influence of Grandparents in Family Systems, and developed therapeutic techniques for use with multi-generational families.

Dr. Griff is the founder and CEO of SarahCare Senior Solutions ( SarahCare provides creative solutions for seniors that helps them to remain in their home and with their families. Prior to founding SarahCare, Dr. Griff was a therapist in community mental health centers working with children and their families and extended families.

Dr. Griff is a wife, mother and grandmother. She took her mother into her own home to care for her following a very dense stroke, and is passionate about providing help for others in similar situations.

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Gary S Moak, MD

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Jennifer Noonan

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Melissa Orlov

Melissa Orlov is the author of two award-winning books - The ADHD Effect on Marriage (2010) and The Couple's Guide to Thriving with ADHD (2014, with Nancie Kohlenberger). She is considered one of the foremost authorities on ADHD and relationships.
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Laura Petherbridge

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Dr. Mel Pohl

Mel Pohl, M.D., is an internationally respected physician who specializes in treating chronic pain and co-occurring addiction at Las Vegas Recovery Center (LVRC), one of only a few treatment centers in the country that focus on the physical, emotional, and spiritual problems of individuals living with chronic pain. Dr. Pohl is a Board Certified Family Practitioner and addiction medicine specialist with more than twenty-nine years of experience treating addiction and addiction-related conditions. View Guest page

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Tim Prosch

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Robin Raskin

Robin Raskin has spent the past 30 years exploring what it means to be living in digital times. An author, editor, magazine publisher, blogger, TV and radio personality, and events creator, Raskin says she's never met a media she doesn't like, and ishappiest when she's writing about technology's second citizens: kids, seniors or women and technology. Raskin is the former editor of PC Magazine and Editor in Chief of FamilyPC. She served as a Vice President at Ziff Davis Publishing and was part of the startup team at Yahoo! Tech. She's been a columnist for USA Today Online and has authored 6 books about parenting in the digital age. Today, her company, Living in Digital Times, partners with CTA (The Consumer Technology Association) to produce 14 different conferences and events geared towards life in the digital world. View Guest page

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Barbara Reich

Barbara Reich is the founder of Resourceful Consultants, LLC, a firm specializing in the organization of people, their lives, and physical spaces. Known for creating solutions that are as aesthetically appealing as they are practical, Barbara transforms each space from the inside out. From powerful executives to busy mothers, clients appreciate Barbara’s unwavering confidentiality and eye for design. Barbara speaks on a variety of topics including: Managing Every Day Chaos, Organizing Your Kitchen for Optimal Nutrition, Organizing Your Home Efficiently, Organizing for Academic Success, and Enlightened Organizing.
In 2014, Barbara co-founded Never Caught Up, LLC, focusing on work life integration, women’s empowerment, and wellness. As a keynote speaker and consultant, Barbara combines humor, analytical data, and anecdotal evidence to demonstrate how women can achieve greater productivity and a deeper level of fulfillment in their lives. View Guest page

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Tara Robinson, Ph.D

When Tara Rodden Robinson, Ph.D., was twenty-eight years old, she dropped everything to move to Costa Rica where she fulfilled her dream of living and working in the rainforest. Since then, she’s earned a Ph.D. in biology, authored Genetics for Dummies, left academia to become an executive coach, and is now an internationally recognized expert in the field of personal productivity. As crazy as it sounds, she got interested in productivity because she was worried that she wasn’t living up to her potential. Her new book, Sexy + Soul-full: A Woman’s Guide to Productivity (St. Michael’s Press), comes out in early 2016. When she’s not coaching, teaching, or writing, you can find in her art studio making mosaics or hiking in the hills around Corvallis, Oregon, where she lives in a purple house with her husband and their dog. View Guest page

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Jean Betschart Roemer MSN, MN, CPNP, CDE

Jean Betschart Roemer MSN, MN, CPNP, CDE has been active in the field of pediatric diabetes for over 35 years. She worked as a pediatric nurse practitioner and diabetes educator in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, and also is a past president of the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Jean retired from Children’s UPMC in 2015, and is now consulting to a grant on transition of care in diabetes there. She was named the 1994 National American Diabetes Association outstanding health professional educator and has been honored with awards nationally and locally. She has authored many books, booklets, media and articles for and about children, caregivers, and health care professionals. View Guest page

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Carolyn Rosenblatt R.N., B.S.N

Carolyn Rosenblatt has over 45 years of experience in her combined professions of nursing and legal practice. Together with her husband, geriatric psychologist Dr. Mikol Davis, she founded, a resource for families, and offering educational training and products, both live and online, about aging issues for financial professionals. These focus on diminished capacity, elder abuse and financial decision-making.
She is an expert consultant in aging and has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Planning, Next Avenue, AARP, Money, the National Safety Council journal and many other sources, as well as appearing on radio shows discussing questions about aging clients.
Ms. Rosenblatt blogs weekly at Aging Parents, on She is published in national legal and nursing journals on the legal aspects of caregiving, resolving family conflict, elder abuse, diminished capacity and the healthcare issues of aging. View Guest page

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Dr. Friedemann Schaub

Friedemann Schaub MD, PhD is the author of "The Fear and Anxiety Solution." As a physician specializing in cardiology and molecular biologist, Dr. Schaub became increasingly fascinated by the powerful influence of our thoughts, emotions, and beliefs on health and disease. He recognized that our abundant self-healing abilities can only function effectively when mind, body, and spirit are in alignment. To Dr. Schaub the subconscious mind holds the keys to accelerated healing, well-being, and success.
Based on this wealth of knowledge and experience, Dr. Schaub created a breakthrough and empowerment program that combines his medical expertise with NLP, Time Line Therapy™, clinical hypnotherapy, meditation, and more.
His program has helped thousands of people world-wide to overcome emotional and physical challenges and tap into their true potential to heal, change, and succeed. View Guest page

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Kendra S. Schumaker

Kendra Schumaker LMSW, CSW completed her Bachelor degree from Aquinas College in 1989, and then went on to her Master’s Degree from Grand Valley State University which was completed in 1993. Her work experience has included working with Community Mental Health, completing her internship with Spectrum Health-Butterworth on the Neonatal Unit, and then working for HHS, Health Options as a case manager for both the Medicaid Waiver Program as well as the OBRA program. All together she has sixteen years of work experience with the elderly, and an additional five with adults and children. In addition, Kendra has also been a family caregiver, which has helped her to understand the complexities caregivers face. View Guest page

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Mark Sichel, LCSW

Mark Sichel has been a practicing psychotherapist in NYC for the past 30 years. He works out of his Manhattan office as well as remotely over Skype with people throughout the country and the world.
Mark is the author of Healing From Family Rifts, which helps people recovering from family abuse and estrangement. He teaches Clergy of all denominations in a Doctor of Ministry Program and offers workshops to the public in healing from severely dysfunctional families. He has extensive teaching and speaking experience and is widely quoted in the media as an expert on family therapy and family estrangement.
Mark has a B.A. from NYU; a Master's in Social Work from Hunter College and is a graduate of a four-year psychotherapy training program at the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health. Mark lives in New York City with his wife of 32 years, Cindy Kasovitz Sichel and has four grown children as well as three grandchildren. View Guest page

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Dr. Stephanie Silberman

Stephanie A. Silberman, Ph.D., FAASM, is a licensed psychologist and sleep medicine specialist who uses cognitive behavioral therapy for the treatment of sleep disorders, depression, and anxiety. She is active in professional organizations and legislative activities affecting psychology and sleep disorders. She is a consultant for various sleep laboratories and maintains a private practice in the Fort Lauderdale area. View Guest page

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Gabrielle V. Taylor

Gabrielle V. Taylor leads a strategic management consultancy based in Littleton, Colorado and is author of LEGACY OF WISDOM, a book about passing memories and wisdom from one generation to the next. She holds an MBA in finance and marketing from the University of Chicago and a BA in economics from the School of Liberal Arts at the University of Illinois. She resides with her husband and two daughters in Columbine Valley, Colorado. For more information please visit View Guest page

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Arsen Ustayev

Arsen Ustayev graduating Temple University with a bachelors degree in Management information systems. Arsen initially worked as a Computer Programmer for a life insurance company in West Chester, PA. Quickly realizing that this was not his passion, he began volunteering as an activities assistant in an adult day care center in New York. Approximately 4 years later, Arsen Ustayev opened his own SarahCare center in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. View Guest page

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Kathy Walsh

Kathy grew up with six siblings in a house filled with love, gratitude, positive thinking and happiness. Inspired by this magical childhood she created a series of children’s books and meditations. Joyohboy was created to share not only her stories but others that will help children live a more peaceful life.
Kathy has over 20 years’ experience working with children, the arts and education. She has studied under and worked with leaders in the New Age movement such as Don Miguel Ruiz, Marianne Williamson and Esther Hicks from the Law of Attraction. Most recently, she has become a certified children’s yoga & meditation instructor. She has designed and launched programs for children at the Rudolf Steiner School in NYC and the Connecticut Conservatory of the Arts in New Milford. A frequent guest commentator in print and on broadcast media, Kathy has been nationally recognized for her interactive community arts events. View Guest page

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Susan G Weiner, RD

Susan Weiner, MS, RDN, CDE, CDN is the owner of Susan Weiner Nutrition, PLLC, located in New York. She was named the 2015 AADE Diabetes Educator of the Year and is the recipient of the 2016 Dare to Dream award from the Diabetes Research Institute. She has also been honored with the 2014 Distinguished Alumna Award from SUNY Oneonta and received the 2015 LifeChanger Award from Health Monitor.
Susan’s column “Diabetes in Real Life” is a featured monthly column in Endocrine Today. She is also the co-author of "The Complete Diabetes Organizer: Your Guide to a Less Stressful and More Manageable Diabetes Life" and “Diabetes: 365 Tips for Living Well. In addition, Susan servedas the 2015-2016 editor for “On the Cutting Edge,” a peer reviewed publication for the Diabetes Care and Education group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is also a medical advisor for several high profile health websites, including
Susan is a key educational advisor for Marjorie’s Fund, View Guest page

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