Contrary to perception, most seniors are living at home, not in assisted living centers or nursing homes.
Yet as age and declining health chip into their ability to function independently, many will need assistance. A range of resources are available to help senior citizens continue to live at home, and Daily Journal health reporter Michaela Morris (7:19) joins Derek and Brad on today’s show to discuss them.
The issue will become even more pressing soon, as the wave of Baby Boomers begin joining the ranks of the retired. That generation has reshaped every phase of American life and will soon start reshaping the way America ages.
Also on today’s episode, education reporter Emma Kent (20:38) talks about a pilot program from the Mississippi Public School Consortium for Educational Access to teach Advanced Placement courses in rural and low-income school districts who do not currently offer the courses. Among the seven districts that are piloting the program, three are in Northeast Mississippi – Booneville, Pontotoc County and Aberdeen.
The AP courses help students in getting accepted to more selective universities and also allow them to complete college credits while still in high school. But it can be difficult for small, rural districts to have the resources to offer such courses. That is where this program helps.
Local government reporter Caleb Bedillion (27:43) discusses the leadership team at City Hall as Mayor Jason Shelton begins his second term. Shelton has already announced his plans to retain all 14 department heads serving in his administration.
M. Scott Morris (31:19) discusses the fashion design and merchandising program at Mississippi State University.
The program, which emerged from the university’s agricultural heritage, has been ranked as high as fifth best in the South. It also will launch a new master’s program this fall that will involve collaboration with various disciplines on campus.