Al Waller | WYPR

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."

Today’s women are better educated and enjoy career opportunities that were unimaginable 50 years ago. Yet the gender pay gap in the U.S. remains persistent with women earning 85 percent of what men earned in 2018, according to a Pew Research Center analysis.

Catherine Collinson, president of nonprofit Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, tells us how the gender pay gap plays into women’s retirement readiness.

Vaping

Mar 9, 2020

On today’s episode we're talking about vaping and associated health risks.

Today on the show we're discussing an important, but underutilized tax credit known as the Saver’s Credit. Many Americans miss out on it simply because they’re unaware it exists. Catherine Collinson, president of nonprofit Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, helps us understand the Saver’s Credit and its benefits for everyday Americans.

Coronavirus Outbreaks

Feb 24, 2020

Christopher Wells, the National Program Manager of nonprofit Transamerica Center for Health Studies, talks about disease outbreaks, and in particular the Wuhan 2019 novel coronavirus. 

Hector explains what you need to know about diabetes.

We've recently discussed Medicare and other medical open enrollment periods on this podcast. Although open enrollment is typically centered around health insurance, it provides an opportunity to check/review your retirement benefit selections. Today Catherine Collinson, president of nonprofit Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, helps us understand what things to consider during this vital period.

Saving for retirement can be an arduous process even for those who have workplace retirement benefits, but what about people who are self-employed and may not have access to these benefits? Catherine Collinson, president of nonprofit Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, discusses the Center’s recent research on the self-employed and ways they can save. 

Hector tell us about the findings from a consumer healthcare report that surveyed 3,700 Americans.

Elder Fraud

Nov 26, 2019

Elder fraud is an increasing reality in today’s world.  According to the United States Special Committee on Aging, older American’s lose, on average, $3 billion per year to scams. This is an extremely alarming, yet under-reported number, as not every case of fraud and financial exploitation is reported. It is important for people to be aware and recognize warning signs to better protect themselves.

Today, Catherine Collinson, president of nonprofit Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, joins us to talk about elder fraud.

On today's Clear Path, Hector breaks down Medicare Part D--what it is, changes around presciption drugs, and the "donut hole" coverage gap. 

Elder Fraud

Nov 11, 2019

Elder fraud is an increasing reality in today’s world.  According to the United States Special Committee on Aging, older American’s lose, on average, $3 billion per year to scams. This is an extremely alarming, yet under-reported number, as not every case of fraud and financial exploitation is reported. It is important for people to be aware and recognize warning signs to better protect themselves.

Today, Catherine Collinson, president of nonprofit Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, joins us to talk about elder fraud.

Hector walks us through the process of signing up for Medicaid. 

Catherine shares how people 50 and up can boost their retirement savings by using catch-up contributions.

Hector goes over the ins-and-outs of open enrollment. He also explains how changes to the Affordable Care Act will impact open enrollment for 2020. 

Catch-Up Contributions

Oct 14, 2019

Catherine shares how people 50 and up can boost their retirement savings by using catch-up contributions.

Hector helps us understand what federally qualified health centers are, and the type of care they provide. 

Creating an emergency savings fund while juggling all of your financial priorities is difficult. How much are people saving? Catherine joins us to share findings from a Transamerica report on workers' emergency savings funds, and to discuss the ways a lack of savings could impact retirement preparation. 

Medicaid 101

Sep 25, 2019

Hector walks us through how Medicaid is administered. 

Catherine discusses the future of age-friendly communitities and the ability for people to age in place. 

Catherine tells us about a study that gauges the financial literacy of Americans. 

What diabetes risk factors should we know about to protect ourselves and our loved ones? And what are the dangers associated with diabetes? 

Catherine discusses how we can successfully take on a greater role in funding, preparing for and managing retirement savings.

Catherine tells us what she learned from a survey of 5900 workers across the U.S. when it comes to ideas about retirement. 

Hector tells us about Transamerica's collaboration with UC Berkley on a free newsletter that provides users with evidence-based health information. 

Hector explains clinical trials and why they might be worth pursuing for some patients. 

Catherine tells us how Baby Boomers are trail-blazing a new type of retirement that includes pleasure, purpose and continued work. 

Hector helps us identify options for the suddenly uninsured. 

Millenials have proven themselves to be savvy as the digital do-it-yourself generation. Many are looking to digital tools to help them achieve their retirement goals. 

Catherine tells us about her research on millenials' retirement readiness. 

Hector tell us what the options are for the suddenly uninsured. 

Generation X often gets lost in the shuffle between bigger demographics--baby boomers and millenials. But this group is struggling to build retirement security while juggling work, children, and caring for aging parents. Catherine tells us some unsettling information about Gen X-ers' retirement preparation.

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