Local Folks

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Driving an elderly person to the doctor, sitting with a terminally ill patient so their care giver can take a much-needed break, gleaning and distributing surplus food and firewood to needy households, reading to elementary school children: These are all ways local people work as volunteers to solve local problems and make Corvallis Oregon, my home, a better place to live. What they do, what they learn from the experience, and the satisfaction they gain from helping other people are the warp and weft of the community I live in. The goal of “Local Folks” is to tell their story. I hope you will find what they have to say as inspiring and informative as I do, and maybe help you as you work to solve local issues and problems in your community.

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Local Folks Podcast, Caregiving Edition. Episode 7

Airs at: Thu, 04/01/2021 at 6:00pm - Fri, 04/01/2022 at 6:00pm
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In 1993 my dad, who was caring for my mom, died suddenly and unexpectedly. Mom could not live on her own, and she moved in with me here in Oregon. Because it all happened so fast, I had to learn on the job, so to speak, and the learning curve was really steep. In this final... Read more

Local Folks Podcast, Caregiving Edition. Episode 6

Airs at: Mon, 03/15/2021 at 6:15pm - Tue, 03/15/2022 at 6:15pm
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Caregiving is challenging and demanding in the best of circumstances, add in the complexities of dealing with hostile stepchildren and the situation becomes much more difficult. In this episode we meet Kay, who has been caring for her husband John since he was diagnosed wit... Read more

Local Folks Podcast, Caregiving Edition. Episode 5

Airs at: Mon, 03/01/2021 at 7:30pm - Tue, 03/01/2022 at 7:30pm
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Caring for a spouse or partner who is suffering from advanced dementia is hard and emotionally draining work. In addition managing all the demands of providing care, there is the additional stress of watching someone you love gradually change and disappear. In this episode ... Read more

Local Folks Podcast, Caregiving Edition. Episode 4

Airs at: Mon, 02/15/2021 at 7:45pm - Tue, 02/15/2022 at 7:45pm
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How do you care for someone who is suffering from dementia, is in excellent health otherwise, and is adamant about living as independently as possible?  In this episode, we meet Brenda, who is caring for her mother. Unlike the living arrangements described in previous episo... Read more

Local Folks Podcast, Caregiving Edition. Episode 3

Airs at: Mon, 02/01/2021 at 6:30pm - Tue, 02/01/2022 at 6:30pm
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Being a caregiver can be a very lonely experience. The time demands of caring for someone often means that there is little opportunity for socializing with friends, pursuing hobbies, or just enjoying some free time. In this episode we meet Nan, who has been caring for her h... Read more

Local Folks Podcast, Caregiving Edition. Episode 2

Airs at: Mon, 01/18/2021 at 6:15pm - Tue, 01/18/2022 at 6:15pm
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Caregiving can be very challenging at times. Keeping track of all kinds of details, managing medical issues, constantly being on call, and watching someone you love gradually become more feeble and helpless are all things that can make taking care of someone very stressful ... Read more

Local Folks Podcast, Caregiving Edition. Episode 1

Airs at: Fri, 01/01/2021 at 7:00pm - Sat, 01/01/2022 at 7:00pm
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Welcome to the caregiving edition of Local Folks Podcast. Taking care of someone who, because of illness or injury, can no longer care for themselves is something that can happen to any of us. I remember when it happened to me. My father died unexpectedly, and just like tha... Read more

Local Folks Podcast Season 4: Episode 4

Airs at: Tue, 12/01/2020 at 7:00pm - Wed, 12/01/2021 at 7:00pm
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Howdy folks, this is Zeke back for one more go-round. I’ll be heading back to my little cabin in the mountains after this here show, but I just had to get a couple of more things about the election and the state of our union off my chest, so to speak. I'm certain sure we ha... Read more

Local Folks Podcast Season 4: Episode 3

Airs at: Sun, 11/01/2020 at 5:00pm - Fri, 12/31/2021 at 5:00pm
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Howdy folks. You know, I enjoyed being the guest host of Local Folks Podcast last month so much, I just had to muscle old Bob aside one more time. This here election is just about over – cain’t say I’m sorry to see it end – and I’m hoping it is the dawn of a new day. I got ... Read more

Local Folks Podcast Season 4: Episode 2

Airs at: Thu, 10/01/2020 at 6:30pm - Fri, 10/01/2021 at 6:30pm
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Howdy, my names Zeke and I’m the guest host of Local Folks Podcast for Episode 2. The last few years have been a mite hard to stomach, and a whole passel of things has got me a tad het up. Bob don’t usually let me intrude into his consciousness, but this here election has m... Read more