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The importance of planning for your senior years

Nov 28, 2014
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Many people don't think through what their needs will be in their senior years, as their physical capabilities or health decline. But, experts in the field of elder care believe that is a mistake. WRVO Public Media community recently held a community forum in Ithaca on the topic, which will be broadcast Sunday at 7 p.m. The three expert panelists agreed that much more planning should be done by all involved in the lives of the elderly.

"If you look at the research, people tend...

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This forum aired on Sunday, July 20 at 7 p.m. Heroin is the latest illegal drug to become a scourge on communities in upstate New York and throughout the nation -- and it feels like it happened overnight. What is causing this rise in heroin abuse? In part in can be linked to widespread abuse of painkillers and an effort to clamp down on them. Who is using it and how does it affect those who use it? Whether it's actor Philip Seymour Hoffman or SUNY Oswego students, heroin is impacting a wide...

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This forum will air on Sunday, June 15 at 7 p.m. on WRVO. Listen locally on your radio , on your smart phone or tablet device , or online . Keeping children healthy sounds like it's something that should be everyone's goal but how to keep America's youth healthy can be very controversial. Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" program has focused on combating childhood obesity by getting kids to eat healthier food and to exercise more. But when the USDA issued new calorie guidelines for school lunches...

On air: Mental health care in upstate New York

May 5, 2014
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This health forum broadcast on WRVO Sunday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m. The forum explored the current situation for mental health care particularly in upstate New York. What impact does the state government, federal programs like the Affordable Care Act, and non-profits have on mental health care in the community. We discuss the needs and future of mental health care in the region – and how government funding and the social, demographic and economic situation are changing both. Panelists: Shawn...

On air: health care for veterans & the military

Sep 19, 2013

This health forum broadcast on WRVO Sunday, November 17 at 7 p.m. This forum will explore how upstate New York communities deal with providing health care to veterans and members of the military; the health care issues veterans and active military in our community are dealing with currently, such as the issues that arise from our country's decade-plus of overseas wars, the impact of the changing civilian health care system on veterans and military members; and how veteran and military health...

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Join us for the first in a series of community forums on health care. Sequestration, the Affordable Care Act, funding for Medicare and Medicaid all affect medical services and research. Upstate New York is a region that at times has struggled to have enough medical providers and facilities of various kinds to serve the community. Add in a population that is aging and in need of more medical care, and that also adds strain to the system. We will explore how changes in government funding...