Caring For Indy’s Growing Black Senior Citizen Community. Hear A Special AWA On This Important Issue

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    Amos with CICOA's Kate Kunk

    Amos with CICOA’s Kate Kunk

    Amos w/AARP Nat'l Expert Amy Goyer

    Amos w/AARP Nat’l Expert Amy Goyer

    Amos w/Anita Harden (L) and April Ervin

    Amos w/Anita Harden (L) and April Ervin

    The population of African-Americans over the age of sixty-five is increasing as more Black “baby boomers” enter retirement age.  In Indianapolis/Marion County one-in-five senior citizens are African-American.  And that percentage will grow over the next several years.  Indy’s growing Black senior population is creating the need for more services.  But more importantly, its raising the issue of “Elder Care”. Caring for our parents and grandparents who are in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s and older.  How will our Black community deal with its growing senior population.  Afternoons with Amos joined with AARP at a special Caregivers Connect Conference to discuss these serious issues.  In a two hour special, Afternoons with Amos brought local and national experts of elder care and working with the growing number of senior citizens and how the community should deal with its aging population.  Appearing on the program was Amy Goyer the Home & Family Expert for the AARP’s National Office.  June Lyle, AARP/Indiana State Director. Joe Everett, a retired staffer with the Social Security who now is a member of AARP/Indiana’s Executive Council and heads up AARP/Indiana’s Indianapolis volunteer team. From the Central Indiana Council on Aging (CICOA), Kate Kunk, a veteran adult Case Manager, gave practical solutions to the issues in elder care, which a young professional, April Ervin, talked frankly and from the heart about how she’s returned home to Indianapolis to care for her aging parents.  And an attorney specializing in legal services for the elderly, Anita Harden discussed the legal things siblings should be concerned with when caring for their elderly parents and grandparents. Even State Senator Jean Breaux, who was attending the conference, stopped by to stress the importance of making sure Black senior citizens get the care and assistance they need. Click the Arrow To Hear This Critical Community Conversation.  Part 1 Runs 65 Minutes.   Part 2 Runs 37 Minutes ©2013 WTLC/Radio One.

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