Taylor Costa

Production Assistant

Taylor earned an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Business Technology in 2016 from Louisiana Delta Community College and then received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Louisiana Monroe in 2018.

His radio career began at KXUL 91X, ULM’s student-operated radio station, as an on-air personality. He was soon promoted to music director and then operations manager and held both positions until he graduated. Taylor also wrote periodically for ULM’s student newspaper, The Hawkeye.

He has worked in the Ouachita Parish Public Library system for the last eight years and is a freelance reporter for a newspaper in Northeastern Louisiana. Taylor began doing production work for KEDM in the summer of 2019.

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Consuming an unhealthy amount of caffeine could lead to health risks such as insomnia, high blood sugar and irregular heartbeat, according to a registered dietitian.

Caffeine is defined as a drug because it stimulates the central nervous system. The stimulant can be found in soft drinks, tea, energy drinks, chocolate and over-the-counter medications.

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First United Methodist Church in Monroe is hosting an educational event about the Gardens of Somerset retirement community being built in Sterlington.

The event will be held at First United Methodist Church in Monroe on March 10 at 1:30 p.m.

The Gardens of Somerset is a P. Allen Smith Senior Adult retirement community. Smith is a television host, garden designer and lifestyle expert. 

Director of 50+ Adult Ministries Nannette Flowers said the event is to inform the public about the new retirement community and the services that will be available to its residents.

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Parents who work or attend school can seek help in paying for childcare by applying to a child care assistance program.

A child care assistant program helps low-income families pay for child care while parents are working or in school.

Cynthia Cage, the Early Childhood Resource Center Director at the Children’s Coalition for Northeast Louisiana, explained that parents only need to provide four consecutive check stubs or proof of taking at least 20 hours in school in order to learn if they qualify for a child care assistance.

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Adults over the age of 60 possess skills that are consdered valuable to businesses, according to a retired director of a work program for older adults.  

“They have a lot of skills that it’s ashamed to just waste,” said Elizabeth Yielding, former director of The Older Worker Program.

Yielding explained that she saw older adults strive as loyal workers as her time as director.

“They are very loyal. They are very willing to try to accommodate for the people whom they are working for,” Yielding said.

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Parents have a great influence in the way their children will view themselves.

Parents who view themselves in a negative way can cause their children to reflect the same behavior and have low self-esteem, according to Alex Corey, training and technical assistance coordinator for the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential.

“Parents need to model healthy behavior and when parents have self-respect, that really encourages children to have self-respect,” said Corey.

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Home health services allow seniors to age in place instead of moving into a long-term care facility.

Carolyn Braggs, nursing supervisor at Supreme Home Health Services, said that home health care is different than homemaker services.

“Home health differs from homemaker services in that home health is a skill care service,” Braggs said.  

Braggs explained that home health services consist of skill nursing, physical and occupational therapy, medical-social worker and home health aide services.

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The Early Head Start program provides services to improve early childhood development and prepare parents to be self-sufficient.

Early Head Start (EHS) is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families and the Office of Headstart that provides family-centered services for low-income families with very young children.

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Leslie Keen, director of community relations at People’s Health, said getting involved in the community and being socially active will help make the New Year happier for seniors.

Seniors should make their selves a priority, according to Keen. She explained that studies show that being socially active such as being involved in the community and volunteering can improve their health as well as the way they feel about their self.

Anita Sharma, program director of the University of Louisiana Gerontology Program, explained that a senior’s lifestyle once they retire.

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Vaping can cause similar health risks that users of other tobacco products experience. 

Rebecca Mixon, Manager of the St. Francis Tobacco Cessation Program, explained the importance of discussing vaping with children.

Vaping among teens is rising in popularity and is expected to continue to grow in the coming years, according to market research group Euromonitor.

A vape is a battery operated device that heats a liquid nicotine filled cartridge that is inhaled and exhaled to give the sensation of smoking a cigarette.

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A person should not have to worry about money once they are in retirement, according to Robert Eisenstadt, professor emeritus of economics at the University of Louisiana Monroe.

“You don’t want to worry about things financially,” said Eisenstadt. “The one thing you want to have most taken care of is your financial concerns.”

Eisenstadt explained that a person’s expenses will lower in retirement. A person will not be buying meals such as lunch or purchasing clothing while in the workforce, according to Eisenstadt.