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Al Waller

Host, ClearPath

Al Waller is a long time native of the Baltimore area. He entered the field of Human Resources Management starting as an HR Generalist with PwC (Pricewaterhouse-Coopers). This marked the beginning of a 30 year career that advanced into the management level for locally and globally based corporations. His primary area of expertise has focused on but not limited to: Talent Acquisition /Retention, Employee Relations as well as Training & Development. 

In 2004, he established Applewood Partners where he has specialized in advising emerging small business clients as both an internal and external consultant. During this period he has developed insight into a variety of industries including: health care and insurance. Some of these clients have included: St. Paul's Travelers, Nationwide Better Health, Johns Hopkins Health System and F&G Life Insurance. As a footnote, this is not Al's first experience in radio. In a former life, he was a Disc Jockey playing music on local college radio stations including Johns Hopkins' WJHU/AM when the signal traveled less than a quarter of a mile, if that!

"Hosting Clearpath has been rewarding as it allows the project team to impart critical information regarding health and retirement that directly impact our listening audience. And, the fact that my broadcast experience and WYPR's roots go back to WJHU, it feels like I’ve come full circle."

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Catherine Collinson talks about how to enter the role of caregiver and do so responsibly.

Caregiving can hit unexpectedly so those taking on roles may be unprepared. Hector shares research on caregivers, and highlights some available resources. 

According to the Social Security Administration there are more than 45 million retirees in the United States. Many of them are facing financial vulnerability. Catherine joins us this week to discuss critical issues that impact today's retirees. 

Hector tells us about a Transamerica cookbook that focuses on healthy Italian recipes.

Catherine shares the good and bad news she's discovered in her research on how retirees are faring. 

Medical clinical trials: what are they? How do you find them? What's important to keep in mind when participating in one? Hector tells us how they work. 

Important birthdays can significantly impact your retirement planning. These milestone birthdays start in our 50s and continue into our early 70s. Catherine sheds light on these milestones and offers some tips on how we can plan accordingly.

On today's episode, Catherine tells us about the 'Savers Credit,' an important but underutilized tax credit that can pay to save for retirement. 

With any new year there are bound to be questions about potential changes that impact our current health care system and the Affordable Care Act. Hector gives us a status update for 2019. 

Catherine tells us how retirement security in the U.S. has fared since the great recession.

On today's Clear Path episode, Hector tells us how we can eat healthy this year, without missing out on delicious Italian foods. 

Many people want to work past the age of 65 but not every employer has the proper supports in place to help employees accomplish that goal. Catherine tells us about some of the disconnects. 

Hector tells us how the cost of prescription drugs has become a burden for consumers.

Hector gives us the highlights from a recent survey on ways people are paying for health care expenses. 

According to the National Institutes of Health, by 2060, the number of older adults in the U.S. who self-identify as LGBT will exceed 5 million. Catherine tells us about Transamerica's research on the retirement preparations of the LGBT community in nine different countries. 

Today on Clear Path, we're discussing the burden of being uninsured and having to seek mental health treatment. As with any other health issue, not having the security of insurance can create a ton of stress. 

Hector De La Torre, the executive director of Transamerica Center for Health Studies tells us about the Center's free mental health guide for those with and without insurance.