The Empowerment Hour will bring inspiration, education, and resources to our audience of family caregivers. The tangible information provided can be applied immediately after listening to the podcast. The Empowerment Hour a biweekly show, created from the series Call For Caring on Purpose via the Finding Your Forte Channel.
 
The guests will not only include experts in all areas of caregiving but also every day caregivers sharing their experience to uplift and support your caregiver journey. We are excited to return with additional motivating and informative guests. We look forward to you tuning in and sharing with a friend.
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The Empowerment Hour Goes Red – Part 1 of 2

With Special Guest Shana Scott, VP of Community Impact, Metro Atlanta American Heart Association.
Air Date: February 13, 2024 3:00 pm ET
This episode presents a overview of AHA (Atlanta Heart Association) services related to Heart Disease and Family Caregiver Resources.  Shana Scott is a public health policy professional and practitioner with almost 20 years of experience. In addition to serving as a part-time Assistant Professor of Health Policy, she also serves as Vice President of Community Impact for the Metro Atlanta American Heart Association.
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ALTERnative Dementia Care

With Special Guest Dr. Fayron Epps
Air Date: December 5, 2023 3:00 pm ET
Conversation with research expert Dr. Fayron Epps about alternative forms of support for Family Caregivers supporting loved ones with Dementia. Fayron Epps, PhD, RN, is a nurse with over 20 years of experience creating culturally relevant programs to reduce health disparities for underserved populations. She is a Professor and the incoming Karen and Ronald Hermann Distinguished Chair in Caregiver Research at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio School of Nursing.
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It’s A Celebration – National Family Caregiver Month

With Special Guest Eddie Bridgeman
Air Date: November 7, 2023 3:00 pm ET
During this episode Michelle Bolden and guest Eddie Bridgeman provide top 5 ways to celebrate YOU, the family caregiver during National Family Caregiver Month and every month. You are invited to Celebrate YOU the Family Caregiver at the 2023 Atlanta Family Caregiver Expo, details provided.  Teacher, preacher and evangelist, Eddie Bridgeman, Sr has been an anointed servant of God in Atlanta, Georgia since 1989. He received a finance/business degree from Mississippi Valley State University and holds multi advance degrees from Millsap College, Jackson MS and Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY.
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 Young Gifted and Caregiving – A Series

With Special Guest Dr. Mark Williams
Air Date: October 24, 2023 3:00 pm ET
In this episode Caregiver Dr. Mark Williams shares his caregiving journey with his wife, and the experience of being young, a spouse and father and keeping the family together and well.  Touching, informative and loving story, listen, be blessed and share.
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Young Gifted and Caregiving – A Series

With Special Guest Elaine Jessica Tamargo.
Air Date: October 10, 2023 3:00 pm ET
Young caregiver shares her journey of caregiving while in college. Elaine Jessica Tamargo is a PhD Candidate in UCLA’s Higher Education and Organizational Change program. Her past work as a K-12 educator and as a career counselor for students in higher education have informed her research investigating the sociocultural influences related to career decision-making.
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Dementia – Knowledge is Power

With Special Guest Carrie Harris, Dementia Educator
Air Date: September 26, 2023 3:00 pm ET
Dementia affects millions of families and numbers continue to grow.  This week’s guest, Carrie Harris, is a Dementia educator and shares powerful information to improve the journey of family caregivers of those with Dementia.  Carrie is an experienced Community Coordinator with a demonstrated history of working in the research industry.
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The Paid Family Caregiver

With Special Guests Marichele Bell-Scrutchins and Aislinn Cummings of Careforth.
Air Date: July 25, 2023 3:00 pm ET
In this episode our guests share state sponsored programs supporting families by paying full time caregivers for the care provided to their loved one.
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Grandmommy, Mommy and Me: The Sandwich Generation

With Special Guest Elboney Maxwell, Stay at home mom/Home Schooler, Caregiver and Herbalist
Air Date: July 11, 2023 7:00 pm ET
Our topic today discusses the growing demographics of the sandwich caregiver and their challenges. Our guest shares her experience of caring for her mother-in-law and 4 children – age 13 and younger. 
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Avoiding The Caregiving Crisis

With Special Guest Jonathan Miller, Principal of Longevity Income Solutions LLC
Air Date: June 20, 2023 3:00 pm ET
During today’s episode our guest will share recommendations for long term care financial planning based upon the caregiver and loved one’s needs, with the foundation of the families current financial state. Longevity Income Solutions is an educational resource for families with care needs. Its aim is to help families plan and manage the financial challenges of long-term care for senior loved ones. We provide financial solutions, reduce income tax liabilities, address required legal documents and help families obtain VA benefits. We are YOUR project manager, ensuring financial stability and reducing stress during times of need.
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Working While Caregiving

With Special Guest Venis Sims
Air Date: June 6, 2023 3:00 pm ET
We are joined by Venis Sims, entrepreneur and caregiver. She shares her journey of caregiving for her mother as the sole caregiving while also operating a business. Tune in for this inspiring episode and be reminded you are not alone in your caregiving journey.  You will be blessed.
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Sister to Sister – Sponsored by HEAL Collaborative

With Special Guests Jennifer and Deborah Carpenter
Air Date: October 11, 2022 3:00 pm ET
In this episode two sisters will share their journey as caregiver and care recipient as they meet the challenges of lung cancer.  Jennifer and Deborah are using their story to empower other families in our first family interview of the season. We want to thank our sponsor HEAL Collaborative. HEAL Collaborative is a nonprofit organization focused on growing healthy, vital communities of color.  We do this through education, community, community building, and advocacy.  Since our inception we have collaborated with numerous churches nationwide and spearheaded dozens of unique educational events. We have engaged with hundreds of policymakers and clinical leaders to advocate for our community.
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Welcome to Season 2 of The Empowerment Hour – Hear what’s coming to you for you!

Air Date: September 20, 2022 10:00 am ET
Welcome to Season 2 of The Empowerment Hour presented by Call For Caring and Hosted by Michelle Bolden! Tune in as Michelle shares what’s to come in Season 2 with conversations that will empower caregivers through their journey AND to equip individuals new to caregiving. We do better when we know better, so make sure to tune in, share the show and episodes, with family and friends.
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There’s No Place Like Home

Phaedra Mashburn-Olomo, Licensed Occupational Therapist
Air Date: July 26, 2022 3:00 pm ET
In this episode Host Michelle and her special guest Phaedra talk to you about what is occupational therapy, who needs it, who pays for it, and the many benefits of it for individuals who want to remain in their own homes as they age.  Empowering information is shared with “nuggets” of wisdom Phaedra has gained through her practice, experience and in direct patient care.
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The Doctors In

With Special Guests Dr. Jodine Sejour-Donatien and Dr. Rosalind M. Glover, Pharmacist of CenterWell Senior Primary Care
Air Date: July 12, 2022 3:00 pm ET
Dr. Jodine Sejour-Donatien and Dr. Rosalind M. Glover, Pharmacist will provide guidance to listeners on healthy tips when communicating with the medical team and advocating for your loved one. 
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Up Close with The Holmes Family – A Family’s Story of Caregiving

With Special Guests The Holmes Family (Terry Holmes, Katrena Holmes, Joan Holmes ,April Roberson, Christina Roberson and Corey Holmes)
Air Date: June 28, 2022 10:00 am ET
In this powerful hour join Host Michelle as she welcomes The Holmes Family to The Empowerment Hour Conversation.  The Holmes Family will share their journey as a family the care of their family patriarch after he suffered a stroke.  The Family led by their matriarch is a strong woman of faith who along with the “Holmes Children” came together and created a “Prayer Strategy” for the survival of their father.  Through prayer, faith, getting medical answers to their questions, research and seeking help, they proudly share as a family how they bought their father home as he began his healing journey, their Dad has not been readmitted to the hospital in over 7 years!  A family that prays and works together stays together, tune in to hear this inspiring story. The Holmes Family share resources and tools for you!
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A Man’s World

With Special Guest Alonzo Wilson
Air Date: June 14, 2022 3:00 pm ET
Happy Father’s Day!! Tune in as Host Michelle and her guest Alonzo Wilson talk about his journey as a caregiver while caring for his Mom.  This story is inspiring to all caregivers, especially men because it showcases the experience of caregiving from the male perspective. 
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I’ll Always Love My Mama – Part 2

With Special Guest Karen Reynolds
Air Date: June 2, 2022 4:00 pm ET
This episode is dedicated to:  Christopher McCool Reynolds, Dedicated Father 1934 – 2022. In this episode special guest Karen Reynolds shares her journey with caring for her mother while also having to care for herself.  Her journey also inspired her to coach others on their health journeys.
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I’ll Always Love My Momma – Part 1 of 2

With Special Guest Monica Brown
Air Date: May 17, 2022 10:00 am ET
Happy Mother’s Day!! Monica Brown shares her caregiving journey of caring for her Mom, the lessons learned and the inspiration to start a business from the journey. She inspires and motivates caregivers to journey onward!
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” A Nurses Work is Never Done”

With Special Guests Dr. Sarah Myers and Sonjile James
Air Date: May 3, 2022 10:00 am ET
Tune into this special episode in honor of National Nurses Week as Host Michelle welcomes special guests Dr. Sarah Myers and Sonjile James to the Call For Caring Conversation.  Guest share their professional journeys as well as their personal journeys as caregivers for their loved ones. Take notes as critical services and information are shared.  Join us and leave a comment thanking nurses for us to share.
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Premiere – Let’s Get This Conversation Started- LIVE

With Special Guests PK Beville, Founder of Second Wind Dreams, Enid Wright, Founder of Sovereign Hospice and Cara Pellino, Atlanta Regional Commission
Air Date: April 19, 2022 7:00 pm ET
Join us as we go live for the premiere of the Call For Caring presents The Empowerment Hour!  The Empowerment hour will bring inspiration, education, and resources to our audience of family caregivers. The tangible information provided can be applied immediately after listening to the podcast. The Empowerment Hour a biweekly show, created from the series Call For Caring on Purpose via the Finding Your Forte Channel. The guests will not only include experts in all areas of caregiving but also every day caregivers sharing their experience to uplift and support your caregiver journey. We are excited to return with additional motivating and informative guests. We look forward to you tuning in and sharing with a friend.
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Meet your Host Michelle Bolden, RN, BSN, MBA

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Michelle Bolden is a native of Chicago, Illinois but has called Atlanta home for over 30 years.  She moved to Atlanta soon after completing her undergraduate degree in Nursing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Fl.

Throughout her career in nursing Michelle has held roles at the bedside in the Medical ICU, Cardiac ICU and Pediatric ICU to include facilities like Northwestern Univ Hospital in Chicago, Il and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta @ Egleston.  In her role at Children’s, she was introduced to developing nursing roles to include: patient and staff education, discharge planning, case management and nurse auditing.  While completing her MBA, Michelle took on the dynamics of working with the Department of Community Health via EDS – Medicaid, overseeing one of its in-home nursing waiver programs for Georgia’s medically fragile children and later Supervising the medical review, prior approval, claim resolutions and audit departments.   Her career later led her to hold Director positions in acute care facilities across Atlanta to include Gwinnett Medical Center and Grady Health System.

 The dynamics of her career, passion for caring for others, the personal motivation of her parents and faith in God’s plan have led Michelle to her current roles as: Chief Education Officer for Call For Caring Inc, nonprofit organization educating and uplifting family caregivers and the Owner/Administrator of Home Helpers North Atlanta over the past 6 years.  Michelle and her team serve the Metro Atlanta community through in home personal and companion care, education in the community via direct speaking engagements and organizing the Atlanta Family Caregiver Expo – a collaboration of home-based resources for the Family Caregiver.

 Michelle is a member of Buckhead Business Association, Georgia Association of Community Care Providers, Home Care Association of America and Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority Incorporated.  One of her most recent recognitions was the 2021 Community Service Award for her work in the community to include founding the Atlanta Family Caregiver Expo.

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