On any given day, Mr. Greg Woods, a program specialist with the Greater Iowa Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and 2015 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Public Health, is reaching out to help fellow Iowans cope with some of life’s most challenging circumstances. Many of those Iowans meet Mr. Woods face-to-face, while some simply hear his voice on the airwaves.
“There are more than 65,000 Iowans who have the disease right now, and Iowa has the seventh-highest death rate from Alzheimer’s in the U.S.,” he says. “Between all the counties of Iowa and a few surrounding states’ counties, there are just six program specialists at the Alzheimer’s Association to cover 106 counties.”
To extend the reach of a limited staff, Mr. Woods drew upon his background in radio broadcasting to devise a plan to better connect with rural Iowans – “the demographic that most needs our services.” That’s how “The Mind Boggles,” a weekly radio show that airs Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. on AM1400 KVFD, was born.
“The Mind Boggles is not a show about Alzheimer’s, although I do discuss that often,” Mr. Woods says. “It’s a show that aims to bring people all the latest news on the brain, on aging, and the science behind it — regardless of a person’s scientific background.
“Each week I talk to researchers or authors or specialists, and I try to let people know how some of the headlines they see might be pertinent to them,” he says. “It’s a show that tries to address equal parts scientific news and science literacy, and the latter of those is incredibly important in this day and age.”Friday Letter Submission