Life Transitions

Tuesdays at 8:45 a.m. and Fridays at 6:45 a.m.

Old age is a life-stage that re-defines life priorities -- and it needs to be addressed in a functional way.

Life Transitions examines the issues of aging; from social, to behavioral, environmental, financial, and health issues.

Discussions focus on the positive as well as the stressful aspects of the aging process, with professionals, caregivers, and the elderly themselves, working to “demystify” the aging process and present old age in a positive way without minimizing the reality of aging.

Life Transitions is produced with the generous support of Heart of Hospice.

Ways to Connect

Dogan Kokdemir /

Financial planning is very important at any phase in life.  It becomes even more important when older adults have to make crucial decisions relating to long-term care.  Pre-planning helps when the time comes to seek long-term care. 

Jordan Smith, a financial planner for senior citizens, explained that many times people may suddenly enter a long-term care facility without any financial pre-planning.  In those instances, financial advisors for senior citizens could provide crisis planning.

Beverly Yuen Thompson /

Hospice Care is a phrase that evokes an image of impending death.  Hospice care is a support service for individuals dealing with a terminal illness that need special care from professionally trained care providers. 

One of the myths associated with hospice care is that it is meant for cancer patients only.  Hospice expert David O'Neal points out that hospice care is provided to all patients dealing with a life-threatening illness and limited life expectancy. 

Shella Sund /

Grief is a natural reaction to any kind of loss.  Loss does not always imply death.  Grief occurs when we lose something or someone that is very close to our heart and we are emotionally attached to that person, object, or life situation. 

We grieve when we lose a loved human, a pet, a place of residence, a job, a loved object, or a phase of our life.  For instance, a lot of people grieve the loss of youth or the loss of good health.

Tom Kershaw | /

Con artists appear to find their "perfect" victims among senior citizens.  The good old-fashioned concept of trust becomes elder population's most vulnerable characteristic. 

Unscrupulous people often take advantage of senior citizens' tendency to take people at their face-value and to believe their easy friendliness.  Sometimes, older adults feel too helpless and/or physically frail to check out the credentials of people who offer to help them.  Under the guise of help, con artists are able to rip off their unsuspecting prey.

Ouachita Council on Aging

We often say that a home is where the heart is.  As we age, the definition of “home” often changes.  A “home” may take on a more confining meaning such as, a nursing home. 

Most elderly individuals would prefer to “age in place.”  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines “aging in place” as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.” 

National Council on Aging

Do you know what your age is? Is that a silly question? Maybe or maybe not!

Do our birthdays determine our age? Or do our wrinkles? Or our energy levels? Or our ability to meet our  goals?  It all depends on how you define “age.”

Can we say that age is how old you feel?  More than other people’s perceptions, our own perception of ourselves determines how old we look and feel.  So is it perceptions alone that determine our age? Not really! 

Patrick | /

People say that ignorance is blissful. 

Unfortunately, ignorance can become hurtful if it creates negative stereotypes.  Ageism is prejudice and discrimination based on negative stereotypes of old age. 

Ouachita Council on Aging

Life is a sum total of all our experiences, our growth and development, our hopes and our disappointments. 

It's a movement from conception to death. We move from one transitory stage of development to the next transitory stage.

As we move through in life, we learn to deal with our life experiences in our own functional or dysfunctional way.