elder care

Broadcast date: 8/30/2018

A revolution for aging better is happening in California.
 Baby Boomers are redefining the aging process. Today, over 90% of seniors in our community want to continue to live independently in their own home. More importantly, they want to stay connected to their community, and to continue to do the things that are important in their lives. Many cannot do this without some type of support system, and in the coming years, this system will become taxed as the Baby Boomers age, and resources become strained.

As traditional western medicine focuses more on care and cure, a gap widens for individuals with serious and life-limiting illnesses who need care and comfort but are not ready for hospice care.  Palliative Medicine enhances the quality of life for patients with serious illnesses by relieving symptoms, pain, and stress.  Host Kris Kington Barker talks with health care professionals about the growing need for Palliative Medicine and its benefits.

This week on Central Coast Voices, Kris Kington Barker talks with Joyce Ellen, Randy Harris, and Julie Cox from the Area Agency on Aging. They discuss the results of their recent Elder Needs Assessment study and will be able to give a current picture of the many facets and life situations of Central Coast seniors. They also share how our counties are working to address these needs.