Life Transitions

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Old age is a life-stage that re-defines life priorities -- and it needs to be addressed in a functional way.

Life Transitions examines the issues of aging; from social, to behavioral, environmental, financial, and health issues.

Discussions focus on the positive as well as the stressful aspects of the aging process, with professionals, caregivers, and the elderly themselves, working to “demystify” the aging process and present old age in a positive way without minimizing the reality of aging.

Ways to Connect

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As parents, a constant concern is about how we can fend for our child even after we have passed on. Dr. Anita Sharma speaks with Aliscia Banks, a mother of an adult child with a severe disablity, to discuss the fear of her son's future and other parent's experiencing a similar situation. 

As a parent of an adult child with severe disablities, what are some thoughts or concerns you have as you get older? 

With the unexpected arrival of the pandemic, it was only a matter of time before a vaccine would be released to the public for a return to normal. However, so many are against the newly released vaccine, but for what reason? Dr. Anita Sharma speaks with Shirley Merrick, executive director of the Louisiana Governor's Office of Elderly Affairs, about the importance of increasing the rates of COVID-19 vaccination among older adults. 

Why do you think vaccination rates have decreased in the past few months, especially among senior citizens?

Alzheimer's disease is increasingly becoming more common in the world today, especially the United States. Dr. Anita Sharma meets with Cindy Barnes, corporate support representative at 90.3 KEDM Public Radio, to discuss the role of caregivers to those diagnosed with this heartbreaking disease.

Important issues when providing care to someone with Alzheimer's:

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A healthy diet has always been a recommendation of health professionals. To maintain "healthy aging," eating lots of whole grains, fruits and vegetables is even more vital as we get older. Angie O'Pry with Fiesta Nutrition Center talks about how to stay young with age. 

The Fountain of Youth

The development and distribution of a vaccine to end the COVID-19 pandemic has been a desperate need for things to go back to "normal." However, some are hesitant to take the vaccine due to its quick development.

Dr. David Holcombe explains in-depth as to how the COVID-19 vaccine works and what to expect after getting vaccinated. 

On the effectiveness of the vaccine

The current estimate is the vaccine will last up to a year, but not much can be said yet considering it is still a new vaccine.

How it works

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When thinking of age, we put ourselves under the impression that our mental capacity is deteriorating, but is that really true? Olu Kemi Kuku, assistant professor at the Kitty Degree School of Nursing at the University of Louisiana Monroe, uses adequate information to provide an answer. 

On cognitive abilities supposedly being worse the older you are

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The thought of being sent away can be hard to manage as people age, but change is not always bad. Marta Stewart, director of operations at Maison Healthcare has advice for a better transition to a new home. 

Interview Highlights:

On making the decision of moving into a nursing home

The decision differs from person to person depending on their status, but once someone becomes diagnosed with multiple chronic conditions, they should highly consider having at least some short-term nursing care with long-term being highly recommended.

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As we begin to get older, our needs change and we may need a little more help from others. Dr. Anita Sharman talks with Amanda Boatright, administrator at Lagniappe Healthcare Services, about finding the right healthcare services for older adults.

INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

On what services to provide to aging Baby Boomers

The Meals on Wheels programs, the Local Counsel on Agings, Home Help Services, skilled nursing facilities, and outpatient therapy. These are all highly qualified options to those in need as we are all growing older. 

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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.

Older Adults Offer Skills Desired by Businesses

Feb 12, 2020
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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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