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Reaching out to older adults in need becoming more necessary

As the senior population grows, it's more important than ever for non-seniors to keep in touch with elder adults. Whether it is a simple greeting a day or treating them to lunch, older adults take pride in knowing they are appreciated. Michelle Guillory, deputy assistant secretary of the Louisiana Governor's Office of Elderly Affairs, speaks about how the different ways her office reaches out to older adults.

Services and goals of the Governor's Office of Elderly Affairs
The services and goals of GOEA are to provide grass roots services to individuals to keep them in their homes as long as possible and if they are within a facility, we have programs to ensure the rights of those individuals are maintained.

Help with aging in place
The GOEA offers services through the councils on aging with one being in every parish of Louisiana. The goal is to make sure that all individuals age within their own home as long as possible and services are provided through outside funds. Services include meals, transportation, personal care, recreation, and more.

Problems that our senior citizens are experiencing
The current problems and issues that our senior citizens are experiencing are all closely related to COVID-19. We are working diligently to make sure our older adults are receiving the care that they need and deserve while still maintaining safety for them from the virus.

Originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, Harper Innis is a Vocal Music Education major at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. His ambitions are reinforced with a strong will as he always tries to spread joy to the ones around him.
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