1. Moms Never Leave

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    As we age, the relationship we have with our mother remains a constant force. Our mother influenced and shaped us into the people we have become. "Moms Never Leave" is our tribute to mom. We interviewed twenty people of all ages from across America. Their reflections can't help but make you smile and think about how your mother impacts your life.

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    • Hearing Aids: WHY NOT?

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      Margaret Wallhagen is a Professor of Geriatric Nursing and Hearing at the University of California, San Francisco. Hearing loss is ignored and deferred too much. Delaying adjustments denies a person from understanding and being part of the proceedings. Don't wait. Listen up.

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      • Staying Behind the Wheel

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        Driving is always a badge of independence. We could not wait to obtain our first license. We cannot fathom the loss of our last license. This episode approaches the driving issue for seniors differently. How can elder drivers maintain their driving independence? Our expert guest from a national senior driving program describes many ways seniors can adjust their driving to stay behind the wheel safely. Don't miss the interesting and informative discussion Host Gregory Bator has with Joan Rich. The episode also covers the delicate and diplomatic task family members have in raising driving limitations to a senior. "There are effective ways to raise driving concerns," says Joan Rich. "You'll enjoy our guest's clear directions to a safe path for senior drivers." says Gregory. Please join us on this important show.

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        • Hoarding - You and Your Community

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          Some speculate hoarding affects 1 of every 20 people. While hoarding does not discriminate by age, its consequences are more pronounced for older adults. There is an odd fascination about this disorder. There is an even greater difficulty for individuals and communities when attempting to intervene. In this episode, Graceful Aging explores how to try to help someone inundated with stuff. Our guests describe diplomatic ways to intervene for the hoarder's well-being. "This is no easy task. You have to pick the right words, the right place, and the right time to be effective," says guest Harriet Bakalar, an expert on hoarding interventions. "Hoarding's effect upon families, friends, and communities is significant. Beyond the titillating stories, time, money, and safety are at issue," says Graceful Aging host Gregory Bator. "Join us as we highlight effective practices for individuals and communities on the problems excessive stuff can bring."

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          • Aging Veterans Fight for Dignity Part 2

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            Our salute to Veterans continues with our Veterans Benefit Specialist Jack Becher. "In this episode, Jack explores the health care and funeral benefits available to our vets. In plain language, Jack maneuvers through the military maze and shows a clear path for assistance," says host Gregory Bator. "What is especially valuable about Jack's insights are the shortcuts he provides to viewers. Sometimes those shortcuts are personal so that vets can see for themselves how and why they should avail themselves of further aid. Other times, Jack's words instruct spouses, families, and friends with effective approaches in 'working the system' for veterans," continued Bator. We close this two part series with an excellent short public service film from Honorflight.org. This organization aims to have all WWII vets visit the WWII Memorial in Washington D.C. before they pass. We see the program through the wide eyes of a 14 year old narrator in a stirring tribute to our veterans. Happy Veterans Day November 11, 2010! Graceful Aging: Living Safe, healthy, and Dignified.

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            • Aging Veterans Fight for Deserved Dignity

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              Freedom carries a responsibility to serve the aging veterans who sacrificed life and limb. Brave men and women answered America's call to duty. Now it is our time to return the favor. Please celebrate Veterans Day, November 11, 2010 with these shows. Join the fight to give Aging Veterans their deserved dignity. "The rights and benefits earned by our veterans are underused and in many cases unknown. As citizens and family members we share a duty to provide our veterans with the aid they deserve," says Veteran Benefit Specialist Jack Becher. Graceful Aging is proud to salute our servicemen and women by presenting two shows on "Aging Veterans." "Aging Veterans Fight for Deserved Dignity" discusses how families and friends can educate themselves to encourage those in need of help to obtain help. "Jack Becher is a treasure box of valuable insight and tips on navigating the military benefit maze. We are so fortunate to have Jack as our guest," says Graceful Aging host Gregory Bator.

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              • Talking With Your Doctor

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                “Talking With Your Doctor” needs strengthening. Making the most of your doctor visits can make a dramatic difference in your life. Yet, unfortunately too many older adults are intimidated by the busy professional doctor; come ill-prepared for the visit; or become overwhelmed by all the information offered by the doctor. This needs to change. Graceful Aging brought Dr. Jack Voytas, the head of the Geriatric Fellowship Program for William Beaumont Hospital, in for a consultation. “Dr. Voytas described a number of effective tips for older adults like writing questions down; prioritizing the points; taking notes; recording the conversation; bringing along someone to the visit; and more,” says Graceful Aging host Gregory Bator. “It is very interesting to hear about a typical visit from the doctor’s perspective. Dr. Jack provided some good pointers on when and how to press doctors for more explanation.” This important topic comes to viewers in two parts. We know older adults will benefit. Part Two will continue with even more effective techniques to make the moments with your doctor more valuable. Don’t settle for ‘take two aspirin and I’ll see you in the morning’; instead, make doctor visits count for more in your life. Graceful Aging: Living Safe, Healthy, and Dignified.

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                • Sexuality & Seniors

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                  Sexual intimacy is a vibrant part of life. “Older adults are active and safe participants of sexual activity,” says certified Sex Coach Katherine Forsythe of San Francisco. Ms. Forsythe joins Doctor Anita Hoffer, a reproductive biologist trained at Harvard Medical School in probing the wonderful world of sexual activity for older adults on Graceful Aging. This show is a revealing conversation. Host Gregory Bator encourages his guests to freely discuss provocative, yet appropriate aspects of senior intimacy and romance. “This show certainly opens the door on topics we think about, but are shy to discuss,” said Bator. “There is a good balance between the academic and practical sides of sexuality. Our guests approach sensitive issues candidly and with wonderful humor.” “Sexuality and Seniors” begins the “talk” that can enrich the lives of older men and women alike. Please join us. Whether you want to restart or improve your sex life, this show is a good starting point. (While I do not believe a caution is required, I will give one anyway. Our discussion includes the words and variations of: erection, orgasm, masturbation, Viagra, leather, and more.)

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                  • Changing Careers for Older Adults

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                    Older displaced workers always face a more difficult challenge in finding the right job. In this tough economy, finding even a suitable job is a big task. Forced and unforced career changes thrust seniors into the job market. Many have not looked for a job in decades. "Finding the right job, the right career, is possible," says John Patricolo, an employment expert. John works exclusively with individuals displaced from employment and readies them to find and succeed in a new career. "We are grateful that John is sharing his expertise for older workers on today's show," says Graceful Aging host Gregory Bator. The techniques, tips, and temperament necessary to secure the right job today are the focus of "Career Changes for Older Adults". Join us and provide your viewers with valuable expert counsel. All job seekers, and especially senior job seekers, will be rewarded with solid practical guidance. Please help seniors give the job hunt their very best shot.

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                    • The Best Place to Start: Area Agency on Aging

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                      Suddenly, your parent or loved one needs help. Where do you turn? Who do you call? What do you need to know? Crisis moments like these affect us all. Families frequently get overwhelmed. Amidst the serious concern for a loved one, you must prevent your own life from unraveling. “The Best Place to Start: Area Agency on Aging” is an important Graceful Aging episode. “We’ve designed this show to help every family wherever they live. Our show identifies a single nationwide phone number and a comprehensive website as every family’s starting point,” says host Gregory Bator. “Our guests are Lynn Kellogg, the President of the nationwide Area Agency on Aging program. A second special guest is an informative CEO of a regional Area Agency on Aging, Tina Abbate Marzolf.” Area Agencies on Aging are funded by our tax dollars. The staff is highly experienced and totally objective. Callers receive answers, direction, referrals, and guidance on the most perplexing problems confronting their immediate worlds. “This show is like a ‘refrigerator magnet’ identifying the most useful resource anywhere in America. Families facing crisis elder care moments need to know about their Area Agency on Aging,” says Lynn Kellogg a veteran elder care specialist. Suddenly, reliable assistance is within a single phone call to a tax payer funded experienced and objective resource. Graceful Aging is pleased to highlight Area Agencies on Aging.

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