Ouachita Council On Aging

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As we get older, our needs change.  Sometimes, we may require help from others to meet these changing needs.  Fortunately, our community provides a whole range and continuum of services to address various needs of an aging population.

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The University of Louisiana Monroe is hosting its annual program for academically advanced students. The President's Academy is a job training program where students select an academic track and spend a week shadowing professionals and working in groups to solve hypothetical problems.

Dr. Nick Bruno founded the President's Academy in 2012 to help give students an idea of what jobs their major encompasses and what it is actually like to work in those jobs. Dr. Joshua Stockley is an assistant professor of Political Science at ULM and organizes the President's Academy every year.

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They say that food is the best way to reach a man's heart.  It appears that food is the best way to reach out to anyone, irrespective of age and gender. 

Meals on Wheels can be a primary source to reach out to the world outside for elderly individuals who are living alone and unable to cook for themselves. 

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We often say that a home is where the heart is.  As we age, the definition of “home” often changes.  A “home” may take on a more confining meaning such as, a nursing home. 

Most elderly individuals would prefer to “age in place.”  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines “aging in place” as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.” 

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People say that ignorance is blissful. 

Unfortunately, ignorance can become hurtful if it creates negative stereotypes.  Ageism is prejudice and discrimination based on negative stereotypes of old age. 

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The holidays bring a sense of community like no other time of the year. KEDM is gearing up for the holidays with Policy and a Pint: A Season of Serving on November 17 at 5:30 p.m.

The event features expert discussion of some of the the area's key issues and opportunities to serve throughout the community, giving the most important gift of all. Listen closely as panelists discuss issues like homelessness, elderly, and food needs during the holiday season.

Keeping Seniors Cool During Blazing Temperatures

Jul 29, 2015

The Ouachita Council on Aging gives tips on keeping cool and resources for seniors.

Temperatures have been climbing as the summer progresses. Heat indexes have risen over 100 degrees. Rising temperatures have turned into rising concerns for local senior citizens.

Linda McGehee, Senior Director of the aging council, says it's important for seniors to understand how their bodies work and keep hydrated to combat high temperatures.

"What we're concerned about is that seniors know that they need to hydrate themselves a lot more than usual," McGehee says.

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Monroe Police arrested a man early Friday morning for the murder of a Ouachita Council on Aging employee.

Shirley Cagle, assistant director of OCA, was found dead in her home by Monroe Police.  Smoke was coming from the Isabelle residence when police and firefighters arrived at the scene.  Officials have not released a cause of death.

Police had responded to a burglary at the Fort Miro Apartments around 1 a.m. Friday.  They were able to locate the suspect, Robert Nelson, and placed him in custody.