Now in its fifth season, WKNO's weekly television series The Best Times is a half-hour magazine-style series featuring segments on health, finance, technology, lifestyles, and more tailored specifically for WKNO's viewers aged 50+. Produced and hosted by Cris Hardaway, The Best Times is produced in cooperation with the monthly publication, The Best Times, and is made possible by the generous financial support of The Plough Foundation.


On Thursday, May 25th at 7:30 p.m. In this episode, The Best Times looks at Senior Scams, Creative Aging and Strokes. In this day and age there are more instances of scams that especially target seniors. Host Cris Hardaway talks to the experts on ways you can protect yourself from the scammers and con artists that prey on older citizens. Cris also profiles an organization that keeps the arts alive for our older population and highlights the benefit of creative art for seniors. And we'll take a close look at cause and prevention for Strokes. Did you know that stroke is the number five cause of death in this country? Find out how to identify the warning signs.

Also available: Friday, May 26 at 12:30 AM, Saturday, May 27 at 5:30 PM and Sunday, May 28 at 11:30 AM on WKNO/Channel 10.
Thursday, June 1st at 7:30 p.m. The Best Times host, Cris Hardaway examines two approaches to communication with Alzheimer's and dementia patients by using art and music. Scientists and researchers are discovering ways to unlock the door to communication temporarily by using art and music. Since making art is inherently perceptual and sensory based, it uses the brain and the body in ways that verbal communication doesn't. Host Cris Hardaway talks with art therapists Kerry Curtis and Paige Scheinberg to find out more about the many applications and benefits of art therapy. Making art is one way to unlock the door to the mind of a dementia patient. Music is another. It's been called the soundtrack of our lives because songs are associated with events in our lives. In recent years, scientists and researchers have discovered that music can trigger memories in patients with Alzheimer's or dementia. To understand more about the benefits of music and memory we'll talk with Deborah Ferris, Regional Director of Music and Memory, Dr. Mark Hammond Geriatrician and Specialist in Internal Medicine and Rev. Tom Davis, Director of Spirituality at Signature Healthcare of Memphis.

Also available: Friday, June 2 at 12:30 AM on WKNO/Channel 10. It also airs Friday, June 2 at 11:00 AM and Saturday, June 3 at 3:30 PM on WKNO2 (10.2 or Comcast 910).
On Thursday, June 8th at 7:30 p.m. The Best Times explores a form of meditation called mindfulness, and examines two trends that promote mindfulness using pen and paper. Mindfulness can be incorporated into almost any aspect of our daily activities, everyone from office workers to the Marine Corp have been using it. Mindfulness helps focus the mind on the present moment thereby reducing anxiety and stress. For additional examples of techniques to 'De-Stress Your Life' host Cris Hardaway talks with Paige Scheinberg, a Zentangle class instructor. Zentangle is a drawing method using a 3 1/2 inch square of paper and a fine-tipped pen. Drawing the intricate patterns that make up Zentangle is one way to find stress relief. But there's another surprising trend that takes us back to our childhood to relieve our adult stress. Adult coloring books have become a way to relieve the stress and worry of everyday life. It's Art Therapy that allows us to relive the simplicity and happiness of being six years old again.

Also available: Friday, June 9 at 11:00 AM and Saturday, June 10 at 3:30 PM on WKNO2 (10.2 or Comcast 910).
On Thursday, June 15th at 7:30 p.m. The Best Times explores the architectural principles of universal design that allow homeowners to age in place. And we'll update the progress of the Plough Foundation's Aging in Place Initiative. In a 2012 survey by the Plough Foundation 94% of Shelby County seniors said they wanted to live in their homes for as long as possible. Yet census surveys report that nearly half of their respondents felt that their homes would only somewhat meet their needs as they got older. Meeting the challenges of getting older means using a set of architectural principles called universal design with three core architectural conditions. At least one zero-step entrance into the house, doorways with a minimum clearance of 32 inches and at least a half bath on the main floor. The Plough Foundation issued a major grant to several local agencies led by Habitat for Humanity to reach out to low income seniors in Shelby county who need home modifications to enable them to age in place. Host Cris Hardaway talks with Leslie Shankman-Cohn, a certified Aging In Place specialist, and Dwayne Spencer, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis about the Plough Foundation's Aging In Place Initiative and it's progress.

Also available: Friday, June 16 at 11:00 AM and Saturday, June 17 at 3:30 PM on WKNO2 (10.2 or Comcast 910).

On Thursday, June 22nd at 7:30 p.m. On this edition of The Best Times host Cris Hardaway visits with a man who has been researching and writing about aging issues for nearly a quarter of a century. Even at age 95 Lester Gingold hasn't stopped learning. Lester Gingold is the founding publisher of The Best Times newspaper, the namesake for our program, The Best Times on WKNO-TV. Gingold was born in Birmingham, Alabama on New Year's Day in 1922. After graduating from Birmingham Southern College, he promptly went to war with the combat engineers in the European Theatre. After the war, he began a 34 year career as General Merchandise Manager with Sears. Lester has been extremely active in many civic organizations in the city and has applied his marketing expertise to such events as the Cotton Carnival. At age 59, with a successful business career behind him, he retired from Sears. But that didn't last long. The Commercial Appeal coaxed him to become Advertising Director for the paper, a position he occupied for 13 years. His second retirement at age 72 didn't last long either. He took over the reins of a publication called "Active Times" which soon became "The Best Times" and was not just his "encore career", but was and still is, his passion.

Also available: Friday, June 23 at 12:30 AM, Saturday, June 24 at 5:30 PM and Sunday, June 25 at 11:30 AM on WKNO/Channel 10. It also appears Friday, June 23 at 11:00 AM and Saturday, June 24 at 2:30 PM on WKNO2 (10.2 or Comcast 910).

On Thursday, June 29th at 7:30 p.m. On this edition of The Best Times we hit the road with RV's and Retirees. You'll meet the Peabody Hotel's Duckmaster. And we'll tell you how to get a Good Night's Sleep. America has always been a nation on wheels. Almost half of Americans approaching retirement list travel as one of their retirement goals. Host Cris Hardaway looks at the different types of RVs and the people who are drawn to them. In Memphis, we have the world's only hotel with ducks swimming in the lobby fountain. And the historic Peabody Hotel is home to the world's only Duckmaster. Host Cris Hardaway talks with Jimmy Ogle. Historian and now the Duckmaster, Ogle gives regular historical tours of the Peabody. About a third of our lives are spent asleep, and statistics reveal that we spend about 7 years of our lives tossing and turning in bed trying to get to sleep. And as we age our sleep patterns change. We'll address topics like insomnia, sleep apnea, sleeping pills, How much sleep do we really need, what sleep patterns change as we age and why do we sleep.

Also available: Friday, June 30 at 12:30 AM on WKNO/Channel 10. It also appears Friday, June 30 at 11:00 AM and Saturday, July 1 at 2:30 PM on WKNO2 (10.2 or Comcast 910).

The Best Times airs Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. and repeats Fridays at 12:30 a.m. on WKNO/Channel 10. Produced and hosted by Cris Hardaway, The Best Times is produced in cooperation with the monthly publication, The Best Times. It is made possible by the generous financial support of our production funders: The Plough Foundation and the monthly publication of the same name, The Best Times.


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The Best Times is funded by the generous financial support of The Plough Foundation



The Best Times is produced in cooperation with the monthly publication, The Best Times

 
 


SRVS

Transforming Life as We Age

Understanding the Aging Initiative

Aging with Dignity

Understanding the Aging Initiative

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: National Institute on Aging

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Healthy Aging

NCOA: National Council on Aging

American Society on Aging

Grantmakers in Aging

MetLife Mature Market Institute

American Geriatrics Society

Memphis AARP blog

AARP

Aging Commission of the Mid-South

Meritan


Social Security

Medicare

National Council on Aging


Creative Aging

TN Commission on Aging

The US Administration on Aging

 




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