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.

The Best Times #504

In this episode of The Best Times host, Cris Hardaway looks at 'The Green House Project' that proposes a needed make-over for today's nursing homes. And we'll take a look at the Colonial Cumberland Presbyterian Church ministry called 'Room In The Inn' that provides a sanctuary to shelter the homeless. And look at the dilemma pet owners' face when they move to assisted living centers that don't accept pets. Fortunately, these facilities have realized the therapeutic benefit that animals provide and organizations like Mid-South Therapy Dogs and Friends bring animals and handlers into retirement facilities in a program called, 'Bentley's Day Out.'
The Best Times #505

In this episode of The Best Times host, Cris Hardaway looks at 'Seeking Mindfulness.' Mindfulness is a form of meditation that focusses entirely on this moment and by doing so one can lift the burdens of a stressful life. Tracing the illnesses suffered by your parents, grandparents, and other blood relatives can help your doctor predict the disorders to which you may be at risk and take action to keep you and your family healthy. Maybe it's time for you to compile your 'Family Health History.' Although menopause is a natural transition in life, for some women it can be severe enough to disrupt their lives. We'll look at some things you should know about when 'Coping With Menopause.'
The Best Times #506

The Best Times looks at "Combating Elder Abuse." Elder Abuse is a general term that includes physical and psychological abuse; neglect; and financial exploitation. Elder abuse is often underreported, with only 1 out of every 23 cases being reported to appropriate protective services. Elders may be afraid or unable to tell police, friends, or family about the violence, and victims often have to decide whether to tell someone they are being hurt or continue being abused by someone they depend upon or care for deeply. In this episode Cris Hardaway looks at the Coordinated Response to Elder Abuse (CREA) team in Memphis whose aim is to improve the protection of older adults in Memphis and Shelby County that are 60 years of age and older where there is a suspicion of physical, sexual or emotional abuse, or suspicions of neglect, abandonment or financial exploitation, regardless of the setting or situation.
The Best Times #507

The Best Times looks at three issues those over fifty face. 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 in "Don't Get Scammed." Cris also profiles an organization that keeps the arts alive for our older population in "Creative Aging." And we'll take a close look at "Strokes." Did you know that stroke is the number five cause of death in this country? Find out how to identify the warning signs.

The Best Times #508

The Best Times discusses driving, transportation and eye care issues. Driving is something we've all been doing since we were fifteen or sixteen years old. But as we age things can change. We'll take a look at AARP's Driver Safety Program. Driving has represented independence from the day we got our license. But what happens when aging begins to affect driving skills negatively? How can we know when it's time to quit driving? And how do children have the conversation with a parent about "Hanging up the Keys?" Giving up the car keys doesn't mean the end to independence. We'll look at a non-profit organization called ITN Memphis that helps area seniors who just "Need a Lift." One of the most important senses we use in driving a car is vision. Learn how keeping your eyesight healthy can keep you behind the wheel longer.

The Best Times #509

The Best Times looks at three different ways to prepare for the future. It's hard to deal with the stress and expense of funeral arrangements. We'll look at the alternative choice of whole body donation and how some believe its "The Ultimate Gift." For many a way to relieve the stress and worry of everyday life is taking crayons, colored pencils and felt-tip markers and filling in the blank spaces using art therapy on intricate designs with "Adult Coloring Books." Stress can also be detrimental to our hearts. Recently the Centers for Disease Control reported that nearly three out of every four adults has a heart that is statistically older than the rest of their body. Find out some simple things you can do to lessen your risk of heart failure.

The Best Times #510

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. Find out how to identify areas where modifications need to be made in your home so you can remain in there while you are "Aging In Place." As we age, continued learning can have important benefits beyond simply teaching an old dog new tricks. Research has shown that enriched learning environments can help reduce age-related cognitive decline and help older adults deal with depression and poor self-image. Maybe we should all become students again in the school of "Lifelong Learning."

The Best Times #511

The Best Times takes a look at the fitness of mind and body and the importance of staying "Fit After Fifty." The U.S. Government reports that less than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day. And the older we are, the more likely we are to be sedentary. Only about 30% of adults age 65-74 are physically active on a regular basis. Physical activity strengthens our bodies as we age. But what about our brains. Some scientific studies have shown that a game of bridge with three friends can provide the mental stimulation we all need to keep our minds sharp and reduce the risk of dementia.

The Best Times #512

For some, retirement means travel and adventure. Cris Hardaway talks with Dr. Bryan Simmons and his wife Barbara who were looking for a retirement challenge. They found inspiration in a 2011 film entitled "The Way". It's the story of a grieving father's pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain, to honor the memory of his dead son and a journey to find meaning in his own life. With this inspiration, the Simmons set out on a nearly 500 mile pilgrimage along The Way of St. James.

The Best Times #513

Over 40 million Americans are unpaid caregivers to family members. Often family caregivers must balance work and caregiving. One in four caregivers report that stress is the number one challenge they face. We focus on ways to "Become An Empowered Caregiver." In addition, an ever increasing number of family caregivers are tending to loved ones with some form of dementia, including Alzheimer's. Cris talks with author and gerontologist, Laura Wayman. Laura is also known as the "Dementia Whisperer," providing caregivers the communication tools they need to deal with dementia.

The Best Times #514

There are many benefits to volunteering over 50. Volunteering can teach you new skills, help you stay active and fill your retirement hours. The need for volunteers is great, so why not get off your couch and get "The Volunteer Spirit." In this episode we'll take a look at Long Term Care Insurance, and so you can find out if it's right for you. And if you don't currently have a will we'll look at what happens if you die without a will?

The Best Times #515

We'll look at the hard question, how you know when your loved one needs assisted living and how do you have the conversation. Meet, Calvin Poole, who at age sixty-two is blind in one eye and has severely limited vision in the other. But he refuses to be defined by his disability and today Calvin is president of the Tennessee Association of Blind Athletes. Prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer in men. We'll look at some basic questions about a highly curable form of male cancer.

The Best Times #516

When most Americans retire they usually stay close to home. We'll meet Ralph and Twyla Williams who are two retirees on a mission. Ralph and Twyla are moving to the east African country of Tanzania where they will become Christian missionaries. When we die our personal property is left behind. But what about the debt that we may owe? Mortgages, car loans, credit cards -debt comes in many forms and your heirs could be left to pay what you owe. Let's find out more about "Dying With Debt."

The Best Times #517

The Best Times host Cris Hardaway examines "Senior Entrepreneurs" and the rise in small business ownership by those fifty and older. Then meet "The Map Man", with a profile of map collector and dealer, Murray Hudson. In recent years controversy has surrounded the frequency and effectiveness of mammograms. If breast cancer is identified early, the five year survival rate is nearly 90%. We will look at some important information about breast cancer in "Breast Cancer and You."

The Best Times #518

In this episode Cris Hardaway takes a look at the link between Music and Memory. The World's Oldest Teenager, Dick Clark, once said, "Music is the soundtrack of your life." We associate songs with events in our lives. It only takes a few bars of the music to take you back to a time or a place, to remember a friend or a lover. Those memories are etched in our minds and the music acts as a trigger to bring them out. In recent years, scientists and researchers have discovered that music can trigger memories in patients with Alzheimer's or dementia. A digital music player and a pair of headphones can play the soundtrack of their lives too. And the results can be amazing.

The Best Times #519

The Best Times looks at the progress of the Aging Initiative. In 2014 the Plough Foundation focused its attention on issues affecting our aging population in Memphis and Shelby County, seeking grant proposals from organizations that could address these issues. Their major areas of focus included elder abuse, aging in place initiatives designed to keep our older citizens in their homes for as long as possible and the No Hungry Senior project. We'll also look at why the suicide rate has soared to a 30 year high for seniors, and why older Americans are at such a high risk of Senior Suicide. Finally we'll look at high cholesterol, often referred to as a silent killer. We'll examine The Good and Bad of Cholesterol.

The Best Times #520

We'll hit the road with RVs and Retirees. Thousands of retirees are hitting the road full-time in recreational vehicles. It's a lifestyle that draws seniors to sell their house and hit the road full-time. Almost half of Americans approaching retirement list travel as one of their retirement goals. We'll look at one of the most frightening thoughts for caregivers, the fear of an Alzheimer's or dementia patient wandering off. We'll examine some strategies that helps Prevent Wandering. And finally we'll talk with local historian, Jimmy Ogle. Listen to him for a few minutes, you'll learn things you never knew about the Bluff City -- because Jimmy Ogle is a "Walking History Lesson."

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



Transforming Life as We Age

Ways to enjoy the beauty of Memphis

Understanding the Aging Initiative

Disaster Preparedness

Many changes for seniors have occurred; but more are needed

Aging with Dignity

Understanding the Aging Initiative

Governor's Task Force on Aging Plan

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


City of Memphis Senior Centers

Aging Commission of the Mid-South


Social Security


National Council on Aging

Creative Aging

TN Commission on Aging

The US Administration on Aging


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