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Imago Therapy - Grow Your Guru
September 18, 2018

Imago Relationship Therapy

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Imago therapy was developed by Harville Hendrix and his wife Helen Hunt in 1988. Imago means “image” in Latin and is based on an idea that we have an unconscious image forming since birth of what love feels like, and this image dictates who we pick as partners. Imago therapy helps people understand why the show up the way they do in relationships and, most importantly, teaches the Intentional Dialogue process which improves communication in every relationship.

An Imago therapist becomes a coach for couples, individuals, parents, and businesses who want to improve connection, raise consciousness and awareness, decrease reactivity, and foster a new way of being in relationship. The process transforms conflict into connection and understanding. The Intentional Dialogue teaches couples how to have safe conversations by mirroring, validating, and demonstrating empathy. The primary source of conflict in relationships is lack of communication.

Research shows that when listening there is a 13% accuracy rate and an 83% distortion rate.

Imago therapy provides tools and concepts that improve accuracy and restore safety to ruptured relationships. Mirroring is the processes of repeating back precisely what you are hearing without paraphrasing. This form of listening creates connection and can help the listener calm their reactivity by not automatically responding. Validation allows the “otherness” to be safe and allowed in relationships. If what someone says “makes sense” because you have listened to them, it does not mean that you agree; it allows the perspective of someone else to exist and helps transcend righteousness. Empathy is not sympathy rather it is an attempt to imagine what someone else may be feeling.

There is a quote by Bill Bullard, “Opinion is the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our ego and live in another’s world. It requires profound purpose, larger than the self-kind of understanding”

While this process is transformative, it is easier said than done and requires practice. Watch “Grow Your Guru” for numerous segments that will dive deeper into the theories and tools that will help improve your relationships.


About the Author

Susie Kamen – LMSW, CIRT, SILC
Host of Grow Your Guru on New Radio Media

“I was fortunate to have the type of childhood that provided enough baggage that would require me to pay extra at any airline counter. Although I did not always appreciate my luggage, once I began to unpack it, the “Growth Gifts” inside became the foundation for my lifelong journey to grow, learn, and serve.

For the past 27 years, I’ve been a therapist working with individuals, couples, families, and adolescents. I have expertise in premarital counseling, divorce recovery, anxiety, and depression, and specialize in relationships and communication – including the relationship you have with yourself. I’m passionate about my own growth and dedicated to providing safety and the non-judgmental space necessary for your sacred journey of personal growth.

Unfortunately, we are not taught to care for our mental health individually, or in relationships, without stigma or shame. I remain committed to my mission to teach the value of growing in every area of life, so you may unpack your baggage and grow!”


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This weekly LIVE show is created based on a belief that within each of us is our “inner guru”, our true self, which is beautiful, whole, complete, and worthy.

TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE! Life circumstances – and the stories we tell ourselves – often cause us to forget the truth of who we really are. We then show up in our lives with self-limiting and self-defeating thoughts and behaviors. This show will provide strategies, inspiration, motivation, tools, interviews, and Growth Gifts to enhance and transform every area of your life.

CHANGE YOUR STORY! Together we can change your story, unleash your soul, teach you how to create connection in your relationships, and produce empowering and positive choices that are in alignment with the life you deserve and desire. Let’s get Growing! It is never too late to heal and step into your true potential.

“As a psychotherapist, Imago therapist and Robbins-Madanes Strategic Intervention Life Coach, it is my intention that Grow Your Guru provides services and tools that promote GROWTH in every area of your life and reconnects you to your inner Guru. I provide coaching services that promote healing, increase awareness and insight, help you transcend limitations, and help you reach your full potential by GROWING in every area of your life. ” Host, Susie Kamen

Helping Hand - Suicide Awareness
September 13, 2018

Suicide Awareness

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September is Suicide Awareness Month. We must bring attention and sensitivity to the conversation around this serious matter.

On September 17th, my weekly LIVE video podcast, “Grow Your Guru,” premieres with an episode featuring Common Ground. We’ll talk about suicide awareness and prevention – and what steps you can take. If you, or a loved one, is experiencing any crisis, please call or text their Anonymous Hotline at 1-800-231-1127.

Did you know…

According to a recent study by the CDC,

  • Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States.
  • Nearly 45,000 lives were lost to suicide in 2016.
  • Suicide was the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34, and the fourth leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 35 and 54.
  • There were more than twice as many suicides in the United States as there were homicides
  • More than half of people who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition.
  • Suicide rates have increased in almost every state – over 31% in Michigan

CDC-Suicide Rates on the Rise

Suicide has been a taboo subject for too long. Please speak up and reach out if you, a loved one, or a friend, are going through crisis and need any sort of help – even just a listening ear. Suicidal thoughts or actions are a sign of extreme distress, not a harmless bid for attention, and should not be ignored.

Top 10 Signs and Symptoms

  1. Talking about wanting to die or wanting to kill themselves
  2. Talking about feeling empty, hopeless, or having no reason to live
  3. Talking about great guilt or shame
  4. Talking about being a burden to others
  5. Using alcohol or drugs more often
  6. Withdrawing from family and friends
  7. Changing eating and/or sleeping habits
  8. Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  9. Giving away important possessions
  10. Saying goodbye to friends and family

Ask: “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” It’s not an easy question but studies show that asking at-risk individuals if they are suicidal does not increase suicides or suicidal thoughts.

Suicide does not discriminate. Men are more likely to die by suicide than women, but women are more likely to attempt suicide. Men are more likely to use deadlier methods, such as firearms or suffocation. Women are more likely than men to attempt suicide by poisoning. Recent figures released by the CDC show that the highest rate of suicide deaths among women is found between ages 45 and 64, while the highest rate for men occurs at ages 75+. Children and young adults also are at risk for suicide. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people ages 10 to 34. It’s time to stop judging and start listening. This CDC Fact Sheet outlines what communities and individuals can do to identify and support people at risk.

If You Know Someone in Crisis
Call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is available to everyone. The deaf and hard of hearing can contact the Lifeline via TTY at 1-800-799-4889. All calls are confidential.

In future posts (and on my show), I will offer continuing insight on subject of suicide. I’ll explore why it’s so hard to talk about (both in and out of therapy), the impact on survivors, the societal stigma, and other issues that must be part of our ongoing effort to confront this growing crisis.


About the Author

Susie Kamen – LMSW, CIRT, SILC
Host of Grow Your Guru on New Radio Media

“I was fortunate to have the type of childhood that provided enough baggage that would require me to pay extra at any airline counter. Although I did not always appreciate my luggage, once I began to unpack it, the “Growth Gifts” inside became the foundation for my lifelong journey to grow, learn, and serve.

For the past 27 years, I’ve been a therapist working with individuals, couples, families, and adolescents. I have expertise in premarital counseling, divorce recovery, anxiety, and depression, and specialize in relationships and communication – including the relationship you have with yourself. I’m passionate about my own growth and dedicated to providing safety and the non-judgmental space necessary for your sacred journey of personal growth.

Unfortunately, we are not taught to care for our mental health individually, or in relationships, without stigma or shame. I remain committed to my mission to teach the value of growing in every area of life, so you may unpack your baggage and grow!”


Grow Your Guru on New Radio MediaGrow Your Guru on New Radio Media

Get it on Google PlayDownload on the App Store

Advertising and sponsorship opportunities are available.
Contact info@NewRadioMedia.com for details.

This weekly LIVE show is created based on a belief that within each of us is our “inner guru”, our true self, which is beautiful, whole, complete, and worthy.

TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE! Life circumstances – and the stories we tell ourselves – often cause us to forget the truth of who we really are. We then show up in our lives with self-limiting and self-defeating thoughts and behaviors. This show will provide strategies, inspiration, motivation, tools, interviews, and Growth Gifts to enhance and transform every area of your life.

CHANGE YOUR STORY! Together we can change your story, unleash your soul, teach you how to create connection in your relationships, and produce empowering and positive choices that are in alignment with the life you deserve and desire. Let’s get Growing! It is never too late to heal and step into your true potential.

“As a psychotherapist, Imago therapist and Robbins-Madanes Strategic Intervention Life Coach, it is my intention that Grow Your Guru provides services and tools that promote GROWTH in every area of your life and reconnects you to your inner Guru. I provide coaching services that promote healing, increase awareness and insight, help you transcend limitations, and help you reach your full potential by GROWING in every area of your life. ” Host, Susie Kamen

Alzheimer's Awareness
September 21, 2018

Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

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If you had to name one disease that we fear most as we age, it would have to be Alzheimer’s.

September is World Alzheimer’s Month – the international campaign by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia – with September 21st recognized as International Alzheimer’s Day.

EVERY 3 SECONDS someone in the world develops dementia.

Dementia is one of the most significant health crises of the 21st century.

Alzheimer’s affects our friends and family, our community and our country – on a massive scale. Its impact will dramatically increase in the U.S. as baby boomers age.

EVERY 65 SECONDS someone in the United States develops the disease.

According to Alzheimer’s Association statistics:

  • 5.7 Million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s (projected to rise to nearly 14 Million by 2050)
  • Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.
  • Between 2000 and 2015 deaths from Alzheimer’s have increased 123%
  • Michigan can expect a 22% increase from 2018 – 2025 in dementia cases for those 65 and older

THE FINANCIAL BURDEN

  • In 2018 Alzheimer’s and other dementias will cost our country $277 BILLION – and costs could rise as high as $1.1 TRILLION by 2050.

THE BURDEN ON FAMILIES

  • 16.1 MILLION AMERICANS currently provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias.

The toll on both the patients and their families is devastating. I personally know of situations where people have lost all their cognitive ability and quality of life but linger, often for years, in assisted living facilities.

A few years ago, a very prominent family law attorney in the Detroit Metropolitan area was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s and dementia. He was in his mid-sixties at the time and had to close his practice. He and his wife divorced. He ended up in assisted living and died after a few years of fighting the disease. In a more recent situation, an attorney who just turned 70 has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and had to give up his law practice. He has long-term memory but is losing more and more of his short-term memory. He is now divorced and living in an assisted living facility. I have a relative who has been fighting Alzheimer’s for several years. She has just turned 89 and has completely lost touch with the outside world.

These are all tragic situations. Everyone I know has similar situations with friends or relatives who are being stricken by this terrible disease.

WHAT CAN WE DO?

Know the Signs
If you, or a loved one, is experiencing early warning signs, act now. Learn the difference between normal age-related changes and Alzheimer’s symptoms. Watch for 10 Early Warning Signs.

Reduce the Risk
According to the CDC, Controlling high blood pressure, exercising regularly, and quitting smoking may reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Be Aware
For detailed information, read this report from the Alzheimer’s Association.

Spread the Word!
This tool kit from ADI offers materials and resources to help you promote awareness.


About the Author

Henry S. Gornbein - Host of Gracefully Greying on New Radio MediaHenry Gornbein is a partner with the full service law firm of Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein, PLLC in Birmingham, Michigan. He is a specialist in all areas of family law and is a certified family law mediator.

Henry is the creator and host of the award-winning Cable Television series, “Practical Law” and creator and host of “Gracefully Greying,” a weekly video podcast on New Radio Media.

He is the author of the book, “Divorce Demystified, Everything You Need To Know Before You File For Divorce” and is currently co-writing with Jack Haynes, PhD, the book “Child Custody Demystified, The Ultimate Guide To The Custody Of Your Children.” He is a frequent blogger and lecturer on all aspects of family law as well as issues involving the impact of social media and what is legal in the digital world in divorce. He is a former chairperson of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, a former president of the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and winner of the Professionalism Award from the Oakland County Bar Association.


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Gracefully Greying explores aging issues that are as inevitable as death and taxes.
If you are over 50 – or have parents over 50 – this show is for you!
We’ll help you navigate the many challenges of aging. Each show will focus on a single topic, such as, financial issues, legal issues, medical issues and psychological issues, with a guest who is an expert in that field.

Gracefully Greying - Seuss for Seniors
September 14, 2018

Seuss for Seniors

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This Dr. Seuss parody (author unknown) tells it like it really is!

The Golden Years have come at last
I cannot see
I cannot pee
I cannot chew
I cannot screw
Oh, my God, what can I do?
My memory shrinks
My hearing stinks
No sense of smell
I look like hell
My mood is bad – – can you tell?
My body’s drooping
Have trouble pooping
The Golden Years have come at last
The Golden Years can kiss my ass

On “Gracefully Greying,” our goal is to explore and understand why the Golden Years should not kick our asses. Every week, I talk with experts about all the aspects of aging.

I cannot see: a discussion with an ophthalmologist
I cannot pee: we will have a urologist discuss this issue
I cannot chew: a dentist will offer advice
I cannot screw: sex after sixty will be a future topic
My memory shrinks: we’ll talk about memory loss and cognitive issues with experts
My hearing stinks: watch Episode 19 with two audiologists. Hearing aids are a critical tool.
No sense of smell: another issue we will discuss with an expert in the field.
I look like hell: view Episode 1 with dermatologist, Dr. Wendy Sadoff on how to look younger.
My mood is bad – – can you tell? Loneliness, depression, and insecurity are topics we cover.
My body’s drooping: Plastic surgery, Botox and other issues. If we do not like how we look in the mirror we can do something about it!
Have trouble pooping: Diet, exercise and medical advice are answers.

We are an aging populace. Baby Boomers are the largest demographics in the United States. My goal on “Gracefully Greying” is to help the Golden Years be a time of growth and richness, and not a kick in the ass. Join me, and my guests, as we show how we can all age gracefully.

These are my thoughts, please share yours with me.  Go to Ask Henry at Lippittokeefe.com to send me input, ideas and comments.

Henry S. Gornbein


About the Author

Henry S. Gornbein - Host of Gracefully Greying on New Radio MediaHenry Gornbein is a partner with the full service law firm of Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein, PLLC in Birmingham, Michigan. He is a specialist in all areas of family law and is a certified family law mediator.

Henry is the creator and host of the award-winning Cable Television series, “Practical Law” and creator and host of “Gracefully Greying,” a weekly video podcast on New Radio Media.

He is the author of the book, “Divorce Demystified, Everything You Need To Know Before You File For Divorce” and is currently co-writing with Jack Haynes, PhD, the book “Child Custody Demystified, The Ultimate Guide To The Custody Of Your Children.” He is a frequent blogger and lecturer on all aspects of family law as well as issues involving the impact of social media and what is legal in the digital world in divorce. He is a former chairperson of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, a former president of the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and winner of the Professionalism Award from the Oakland County Bar Association.


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Advertising and sponsorship opportunities are available.
Contact info@NewRadioMedia.com for details.

Get it on Google PlayDownload on the App Store

Gracefully Greying explores aging issues that are as inevitable as death and taxes.
If you are over 50 – or have parents over 50 – this show is for you!
We’ll help you navigate the many challenges of aging. Each show will focus on a single topic, such as, financial issues, legal issues, medical issues and psychological issues, with a guest who is an expert in that field.

Gracefully Greying - Life is Great at 98
September 10, 2018

Life is Great at 98!

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My step-mother, Reva Gornbein (seated at the right in the picture above) was one of my first guests on Gracefully GreyingWatch Episode 2 to hear amazing stories about her life. Reva turns 98 on September 10, 2018 and she still walks two miles every day!

Gracefully Greying - Reva GornbeinReva is a dynamo. Not only is she still active and driving, but she still teaches and plays bridge on a regular basis. She did not want anything for her 90th birthday, but we got her a Fitbit! She loves it, and keeps track of her steps every day. She was concerned that she only did 10,000 steps in a day! Last December (at the age of 97!), Reva went on a trip to Antarctica and it was quite rugged, but she’s rugged too!

She has been in my life for 45 years. My mother passed away when she was 49 years old and three years later my father married Reva. They had a wonderful 30-year marriage together until my father passed away shortly before his 91st birthday.

Reva has led a rich and fascinating life. She was in the army during World War II. She visited Hitler’s bunker within weeks of his suicide. She was at Dachau shortly after it was liberated, and also flew with one of Hitler’s personal secretaries. She escorted him from Berlin to Nuremberg where he was put on trial for the crimes against humanity by the Nazi regime. He was literally her prisoner!

As many seniors do, Reva has decided to relocate from Michigan to North Carolina, to escape some of the extremes of our climate and be closer to her son. Unlike most people who are much younger, Reva values her independence. She turned down the opportunity to live in a special suite at her son’s home and does not want to be in a group situation. Instead, she has rented an apartment that is right on the Inter-Coastal off of Wright Way Beach in North Carolina. She decided to make the move because she wanted to make her own decisions while she still can, and not have someone be deciding important issues for her.

When we had dinner this past weekend we talked about the future and the fact that we don’t know what the it holds. The key is to live each day to its fullest. Reva certainly continues to do that! She has led a fascinating life that was highlighted during her appearance on my show.

As part of my Gracefully Greying series on New Radio Media, I will be sharing human interest stories such as Reva’s, along with the many issues that we face as we grow older or have aging parents. I welcome your comments, feedback and suggestions for future topics and guests. Go to Ask Henry at Lippittokeefe.com to send me input, ideas and comments.

Henry S. Gornbein


About the Author

Henry S. Gornbein - Host of Gracefully Greying on New Radio MediaHenry Gornbein is a partner with the full service law firm of Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein, PLLC in Birmingham, Michigan. He is a specialist in all areas of family law and is a certified family law mediator.

Henry is the creator and host of the award-winning Cable Television series, “Practical Law” and creator and host of “Gracefully Greying,” a weekly video podcast on New Radio Media.

He is the author of the book, “Divorce Demystified, Everything You Need To Know Before You File For Divorce” and is currently co-writing with Jack Haynes, PhD, the book “Child Custody Demystified, The Ultimate Guide To The Custody Of Your Children.” He is a frequent blogger and lecturer on all aspects of family law as well as issues involving the impact of social media and what is legal in the digital world in divorce. He is a former chairperson of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, a former president of the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and winner of the Professionalism Award from the Oakland County Bar Association.


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Advertising and sponsorship opportunities are available.
Contact info@NewRadioMedia.com for details.

Get it on Google PlayDownload on the App Store

Gracefully Greying explores aging issues that are as inevitable as death and taxes.
If you are over 50 – or have parents over 50 – this show is for you!
We’ll help you navigate the many challenges of aging. Each show will focus on a single topic, such as, financial issues, legal issues, medical issues and psychological issues, with a guest who is an expert in that field.

Why You Need a Will
August 27, 2018

Why You Need a Will

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Aretha Franklin passed away this past week after a long struggle with cancer. She was 71 years of age and died without a will. She leaves behind four children and a substantial estate consisting of several homes, as well as an invaluable musical empire.

When Prince passed away suddenly, he had no will or estate plan and, over two years later, his heirs have not received one penny of his estate. Elvis had no will. What does all this mean? Aretha Franklin is a rare musical genius. Even though she is gone her music will live on. Elvis brings in more royalties from his music now than when he was still alive. This could happen to Aretha Franklin’s legacy as well.

If the rich and famous do not have a will or estate plan why should you and I?  In the first place, having a simple will and or a trust can, if properly done, avoid probate. Probate is a court that specializes in the handling of the estates of the decedents, as well as other functions.

If Aretha’s children agree on how things are to be handled then things should go smoothly. If not, then there will be problems. The purpose of a will is to make sure that when a person passes away, his or her wishes are followed.

Let me give you some examples:

  • If you want to give more to one child than another, you can through a will.
  • If you want to disinherit a child, you can through a will or trust agreement.
  • If you set up a trust that handles everything, you can avoid probate and stay completely out of court. Probate courts are public which means that everything can be scrutinized by the public. You or I can look at what Aretha Franklin’s estate consists of.
  • Privacy and making sure that your wishes are properly handled are good reasons for an estate plan. In addition, you can control your money long after you are gone through the appropriate trust documents.

Don’t be like Aretha, Elvis or Prince. Talk to an attorney at once and find out what you can do to have your wishes properly handled. You want to gracefully grey, but also want to make sure that everything is covered when the grim reaper arrives.

These are my thoughts, please share yours with me.  Go to Ask Henry at Lippittokeefe.com to send me input, ideas and comments.

Henry S. Gornbein


About the Author

Henry S. Gornbein - Host of Gracefully Greying on New Radio MediaHenry Gornbein is a partner with the full service law firm of Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein, PLLC in Birmingham, Michigan. He is a specialist in all areas of family law and is a certified family law mediator.

Henry is the creator and host of the award-winning Cable Television series, “Practical Law” and creator and host of “Gracefully Greying,” a weekly video podcast on New Radio Media.

He is the author of the book, “Divorce Demystified, Everything You Need To Know Before You File For Divorce” and is currently co-writing with Jack Haynes, PhD, the book “Child Custody Demystified, The Ultimate Guide To The Custody Of Your Children.” He is a frequent blogger and lecturer on all aspects of family law as well as issues involving the impact of social media and what is legal in the digital world in divorce. He is a former chairperson of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, a former president of the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and winner of the Professionalism Award from the Oakland County Bar Association.


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Advertising and sponsorship opportunities are available.
Contact info@NewRadioMedia.com for details.

Get it on Google PlayDownload on the App Store

Gracefully Greying explores aging issues that are as inevitable as death and taxes.
If you are over 50 – or have parents over 50 – this show is for you!
We’ll help you navigate the many challenges of aging. Each show will focus on a single topic, such as, financial issues, legal issues, medical issues and psychological issues, with a guest who is an expert in that field.

Gracefully Greying on New Radio Media
August 29, 2018

Gracefully Greying – Your Guide to Aging

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Several months ago, I started thinking about the fact that the majority of our population are baby boomers who are aging. I thought about the fact that, as we age, we need help with many issues that we have never encountered before. The old saying that getting old is not for sissies is true.

As we age and start facing our mortality, there are a myriad of issues that we all face. We have more medical issues. Many seniors go from doctor to doctor. Financial issues become more important especially as we approach and enter our retirement years. Legal issues, such as estate plans and plans for possible guardianships can become critical. Think of the recent death of Aretha Franklin and the fact that she left no will or estate plan at all! What have previously been private matters will now be scrutinized by everyone.

While contemplating all these issues, I decided that I wanted to start a series of shows looking at what we face as we gracefully grey – or have aging parents. In May, after meeting with Paul Bensman at New Radio Media, I found the perfect platform for my new series, “Gracefully Greying.”

Each week, as the series progresses, I will be interviewing experts in many fields that impact upon us, as well as sharing human interest stories and case histories. I welcome comments and suggestions from you, our viewers, for future shows and guests. I will be sharing ideas with you on a regular basis and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with you, my audience!


About the Author

Henry S. Gornbein - Host of Gracefully Greying on New Radio MediaHenry Gornbein is a partner with the full service law firm of Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein, PLLC in Birmingham, Michigan. He is a specialist in all areas of family law and is a certified family law mediator.

Henry is the creator and host of the award-winning Cable Television series, “Practical Law” and creator and host of “Gracefully Greying,” a weekly video podcast on New Radio Media.

He is the author of the book, “Divorce Demystified, Everything You Need To Know Before You File For Divorce” and is currently co-writing with Jack Haynes, PhD, the book “Child Custody Demystified, The Ultimate Guide To The Custody Of Your Children.” He is a frequent blogger and lecturer on all aspects of family law as well as issues involving the impact of social media and what is legal in the digital world in divorce. He is a former chairperson of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, a former president of the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and winner of the Professionalism Award from the Oakland County Bar Association.


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Advertising and sponsorship opportunities are available.
Contact info@NewRadioMedia.com for details.

Get it on Google PlayDownload on the App Store

Gracefully Greying explores aging issues that are as inevitable as death and taxes.
If you are over 50 – or have parents over 50 – this show is for you!
We’ll help you navigate the many challenges of aging. Each show will focus on a single topic, such as, financial issues, legal issues, medical issues and psychological issues, with a guest who is an expert in that field.

Alcohol and your brain
May 9, 2018

Alcohol and Cognitive Decline

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One of the common questions I get in my office is, “what effects does alcohol have on our brain as we age?”

While it’s known that heavy alcohol intake can cause a loss of brain cells, most studies have found that light to moderate drinking is not harmful and some have suggested it may help age related cognitive impairment. For instance, a Finnish study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease in 2011 found that middle aged light or moderate drinkers were less likely to develop cognitive impairment two decades later than teetotalers or heavy drinkers.

Heavy drinking is defined as three or more drinks per day. Besides the amount of alcohol, the pattern of drinking was found to be an independent risk factor for a loss of memory and cognitive impairment even after controlling for total alcohol consumption. This goes against the argument that my patients sometimes try to use, “I only drink on weekends.” Clearly, four or five drinks (even glasses of wine or beer) is a formula to cut both the quality and quantity of years from your life.

Another study in the same journal, which followed people from the San Diego area over a 20-year period, found that those who reported drinking five to seven days a week were more likely to live to age 85 without significant cognitive impairment than non drinkers. However, a British study in the British Medical Journal seemed to undermine the idea that drinking is good for the brain. The study followed 527 healthy people for 30 years and correlated their drinking habits with results of periodic cognitive testing as well as findings on an MEI scan. Not surprisingly, heavy drinking was associated with the highest risk of hippocampus atrophy. The hippocampus is the part of the brain that is is involved in memory and spatial navigation and other abnormalities. Even moderate drinking was linked to an increased risk of hippocampal atrophy compared to abstinence.

Based on the data, I don’t want to insist upon everyone becoming a teetotaler, but when it comes to your brain health, less is more.


Dr. Bragman - Host of Prescription for Your Health on New Radio Media

About the Author:

Dr. Jim Bragman
Host of Prescription For Your Health on New Radio Media

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A highly successful Doctor with a practice in West Bloomfield, Michigan, Jim is also an award-winning broadcast journalist who has served as the “on-air” medical expert for various Detroit radio stations, including: WWJ Radio in Detroit (CBS owned and operated), WJBK-TV (Detroit’s FOX network affiliate) and WKBD in Detroit. He has over 20 years of experience in the medical media industry, including nine years as a national radio medical expert for CNN.

Dr. Jim Bragman has 30 years of experience in private practice, and is also a clinical teacher of medicine at the Wayne State and Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medical Schools.

Prescription for Your Health on New Radio Media - Cross Training
March 8, 2018

Prescription for Your Health – Cross Training

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If you’re like one of the many Baby Boomers that I see in my practice who is plagued by constant aches and pains, then the prescription for what ails you might be a regimen of cross training.

The aches and pains of aging have been recorded since the days of the ancient Greeks and Romans. These days, Baby Boomers who grew up with a solid program of aerobic exercise are finding that all that work may have paid off in their cardiovascular and immune system health, but it took a toll on joints that should have been given a breath years ago. The result we see in clinical practice is a combination of arthritis, bursitis, and tendinitis which one researcher chose to call “Boomeritis.”

When this happens it’s time to give up your beloved morning runs and concentrate instead on an exercise program that gives all of your body a chance to work and relax. So, instead of running, jogging, or playing basketball, you should consider swimming, biking, or walking. The mixing and matching of exercise routines is known as cross training, and it appears to be the wave of the future for Baby Boomers who want to combine living an active life that includes exercise to stay in shape.

Remember, joint pain is no excuse to go to the couch and settle on a diet of ice cream and potato chips. Rather, it should be a signal that it’s time to add variety as a spice of life to your daily exercise routine. There are numerous newer exercise modalities such as spinning, Peloton, rowing machines, ellipticals, and ski machines that will take the edge off your aching joints. Remember, when outside or on a treadmill each foot strike is three to four times your body weight!


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Dr. Jim Bragman
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A highly successful Doctor with a practice in West Bloomfield, Michigan, Jim is also an award-winning broadcast journalist who has served as the “on-air” medical expert for various Detroit radio stations, including: WWJ Radio in Detroit (CBS owned and operated), WJBK-TV (Detroit’s FOX network affiliate) and WKBD in Detroit. He has over 20 years of experience in the medical media industry, including nine years as a national radio medical expert for CNN.

Dr. Jim Bragman has 30 years of experience in private practice, and is also a clinical teacher of medicine at the Wayne State and Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medical Schools.