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.



Thursday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m.
On this episode host Cris Hardaway examines two approaches to communication with Alzheimer's and dementia patients by using art and music. Since making art is inherently perceptual and sensory based we'll examine the science behind "Art Therapy." Music has been called the soundtrack of our lives because we associate songs with events in our lives. Examine the link between "Music and Memory." Three experts discuss "Music and Memory," including Deborah Ferris, regional director of Music and Memory, Dr. Mark Hammond a geriatrician and specialist in internal medicine, and Rev. Tom Davis, director of spirituality at Signature Healthcare of Memphis.

Also available: Friday, 10/20 at 12:30 AM, Saturday, 10/21 at 5:30 PM and Sunday, 10/22 at 11:30 AM on WKNO/Channel 10. It also appears Friday, 10/20 at 11:00 AM and Saturday, 10/28 at 2:30 PM on WKNO2 (10.2 or Comcast 910).



TOn Thursday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m.
On this edition of The Best Times we explore a form of meditation called mindfulness that can reduce stress. Then we'll examine two trends that promote mindfulness using pen and paper. "Seeking Mindfulness" is meditation that seeks to focus entirely on this moment -- not yesterday or tomorrow -- but now. Reducing anxiety and stress is usually accomplished through quiet meditation, but we also examine two techniques involving pen and paper which can help guide you to a mindful, stress-relieved state. Art can de-stress your mind whether it's a simple doodle, an intricate pattern or one of the new adult coloring books.

Also available: Friday, 10/27 at 12:30 AM, Saturday, 10/28 at 5:30 PM and Sunday, 10/29 at 11:30 AM on WKNO/Channel 10. It also appears Friday, 10/27 at 11:00 AM and Saturday, 11/4 at 2:30 PM on WKNO2 (10.2 or Comcast 910).



On Thursday, November 2 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, 11/3 at 12:30 AM, Saturday, 11/4 at 5:30 PM and Sunday, 11/5 at 11:30 AM on WKNO/Channel 10. It also appears Friday, 11/3 at 11:00 AM and Saturday, 11/11 at 2:00 PM on WKNO2 (10.2 or Comcast 910).



On Thursday, November 9 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, 11/10 at 12:30 AM, Saturday, 11/11 at 5:30 PM and Sunday, 11/12 at 11:30 AM on WKNO/Channel 10. It also appears Friday, 11/10 at 11:00 AM and Saturday, 11/19 at 2:00 PM on WKNO2 (10.2 or Comcast 910).



On Thursday, November 16 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, 11/17 at 12:30 AM, Saturday, 11/18 at 5:30 PM and Sunday, 11/19 at 11:30 AM on WKNO/Channel 10. It also appears Friday, 11/17 at 11:00 AM and Saturday, 11/25 at 2:00 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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