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, 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).

Thursday, July 6th at 7:30 p.m. The Best Times host, Cris Hardaway will detail the top ten scams where seniors are targeted, and introduces us to a woman who is a wife, a mother, a teacher, an author and a political activist, Miriam DeCosta-Willis. Fraud and scam complaints to The Federal Trade Commission from victims age 60 and older represent the most of any age group. It's estimated that the annual financial cost of scams is between $40 and $50 billion. You won't be surprised by some of the scams on the list that include offers that seem too good to be true and usually are. Unfortunately, the weakness of human nature often opens the door for scammers and con artists. Miriam DeCosta-Willis received a doctorate in Romance Languages from Johns Hopkins University. She has taught at six different colleges, including becoming the first African-American faculty member at Memphis State University. She's the author of nine books, and is currently writing her tenth. In the 60s she was one of the leaders of the civil rights movement in Memphis, organizing boycotts, sit-ins and protests, marching for the cause alongside many of the movement's leaders. Somehow she found time along the way to be a wife and mother.

Also available: Friday, July 7 at 12:30 AM, Saturday, July 8 at 5:30 PM, Sunday, July 9 at 11:30 AM on WKNO/Channel 10. It also airs Friday, July 7 at 11:00 AM, and Saturday, July 8 at 2:30 PM on WKNO2 (10.2 or Comcast 910).

On Thursday, July 13th at 7:30 p.m. The Best Times host Cris Hardaway examines ways of coping with grief and loss, Bentley's Day Out and addresses adult vaccinations. It's a sad fact that in the second half of our lives we experience more losses - parents, a spouse, family and friends. Coping with death is never easy, but older adults are more vulnerable to the stress and life changes that come with loss. Counselors tell us that we should embrace our grieving, but that is often easier said than done. And Seniors are coping with the loss of another kind. Sadly, the day you enter a nursing home or an assisted living center is the day you have to leave your beloved pet behind. Fortunately, these facilities have realized the therapeutic benefit that animals can provide, and we follow Bentley's Day Out. When we were children we got vaccinated on a regular basis and our parents kept an accurate record of our vaccinations. But as adults, and particularly older adults, we haven't done a very good job of getting the vaccinations we need to protect ourselves.

Also available: Friday, July 14 at 12:30 AM, Saturday, July 15 at 5:30 PM and Sunday, July 16 at 11:30 AM on WKNO Channel 10. It also airs Friday, July 14 at 11: AM and Saturday, July 15 at 2:30 PM on WKNO2 (10.2 or Comcast 910).

On Thursday, July 20th at 7:30 p.m. The Best Times asks the question, "Are you financially ready for retirement?" Three quarters of people in one survey had underestimated the amount of money they need to save. On this episode of The Best Times we talk with four financial planners to find out the key to Surviving Retirement. The longevity revolution has changed the landscape of aging in America. And nowhere is the impact greater than in retirement planning where actuarial tables tell the story. Men reaching age 65 this year can be expected to live to an average age of 86.6, and women can expect to reach 88.8. All of which means our money that we've saved has to last longer and go farther. Retirement planners produce financial plans designed to manage risk as we enter our golden years. Tonight on The Best Times we talk with four experienced financial planners to find out the key to Surviving Retirement.

Also available: Friday, July 21 at 12:30 AM, Saturday, July 22 at 5:30 PM, and Sunday, July 23 at 11:30 AM on WKNO Channel 10. It also airs Friday, July 21 at 11:00 AM, and Saturday, July 22 at 2:30 PM on WKNO2 (10.2 or Comcast 910).

On Thursday, July 27th at 7:30 p.m. On this edition of The Best Times host Cris Hardaway takes a walk-through history at the oldest active cemetery in Memphis and discovers the stories of the people buried there. And we'll chat with the ageless marketing guru John Malmo. It's fitting that to enter Elmwood Cemetery you must cross over a bridge - symbolically separating the land of the living from those who have passed over. Elmwood is on the National Register of Historical places, as is the cottage built in 1866 and the bridge. The cemetery was founded in 1852 on 40 acres of land two and a half miles outside the city limits. Join Cris as he journey's through the rich history hidden away at Elmwood Cemetery. If you are a listener of FM91, and I hope you are, you'll recognize the voice of advertising and marketing guru John Malmo who delivers his regular branding commentary over the station's airwaves. John has been an ad man for the majority of his career. And now, at age 83, he's not stopping.

Also available: Friday, July 28 at 12:30 AM, Saturday, July 29 at 5:30 PM, and Sunday, July 30 at 11:30 AM on WKNO Channel 10. It also airs Friday, July 28 at 11:00 AM, and Saturday, July 29 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

 
 


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