Susan Kohler http://mtpr.net en Aging-in-Place Safely http://mtpr.net/post/aging-place-safely <p>Good evening.&nbsp; I’m Susan Kohler, CEO of Missoula Aging Services, the Area Agency on Aging for Missoula and Ravalli counties.&nbsp; Tonight I want to talk about Older Americans Month, which takes place during May, and this year’s theme “Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow.” I will also talk about how this theme ties in with a recent keynote address about aging-in-place which I heard at the Montana Gerontology Society conference.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:24:39 +0000 Susan Kohler 17833 at http://mtpr.net The Future of Aging http://mtpr.net/post/future-aging <p>Good evening.&nbsp; I’m Susan Kohler, CEO of Missoula Aging Services; the Area Agency on Aging for Missoula and Ravalli County.&nbsp; Recently I attended the American Society on Aging’s (ASA) national conference, the largest one related to aging in the country. For 60 years ASA has studied the issues and opportunities surrounding our nation as we age. Tonight I will share some of the exciting conference highlights. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:26:17 +0000 Susan Kohler 16453 at http://mtpr.net Retirement Planning http://mtpr.net/post/retirement-planning-0 <p>Good evening.&nbsp; This is Susan Kohler, CEO of Missoula Aging Services, the Area Agency on Aging for Missoula and Ravalli counties. Tonight I’d like to share some thoughts I have about the very important topic of planning for retirement.</p><p>Like many of you, I am beginning to think about when I might be able to retire.&nbsp; It’s not that I have ignored the subject over the last 35 years. I diligently do my best to contribute to my retirement fund and annually monitor my expected Social Security income. But I always knew I needed to focus more attention on it.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 16:36:32 +0000 Susan Kohler 14045 at http://mtpr.net Funding Impacts on Senior Services http://mtpr.net/post/funding-impacts-senior-services <p>Good evening.&nbsp; I’m Susan Kohler, CEO of Missoula Aging Services; the Area Agency on Aging for Missoula and Ravalli counties. As many of you know, Congress has come to an agreement on the major budget issues that have delayed finalizing the funding for fiscal year 2014, which started October 1.&nbsp; Because Congress has only partially offset sequestration with this budget deal, I want to talk tonight about why it is important that we advocate on behalf of vulnerable older adults.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 20:59:29 +0000 Susan Kohler 12961 at http://mtpr.net Home for the Holidays http://mtpr.net/post/home-holidays <p>Good evening.&nbsp; I’m Susan Kohler, CEO of Missoula Aging Services; the Area Agency on Aging for Missoula and Ravalli Counties.&nbsp; Tomorrow is the start of the holiday season, a time when many of us gather with family and friends, including parents and older loved ones who live far from us. &nbsp;This can be a wonderful opportunity to have important conversations with them. Tonight I want to share some tips on having these conversations while you are home for the holidays.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 19:56:30 +0000 Susan Kohler 11709 at http://mtpr.net Alzheimer's http://mtpr.net/post/alzheimers <p>Good evening.&nbsp; I’m Susan Kohler, CEO of Missoula Aging Services, the Area Agency on Aging for Missoula and Ravalli counties.&nbsp; Tonight I want to share some information about Alzheimer’s disease which I learned at the UM Geriatric Education Center’s Conference in mid-October.&nbsp; But first I’d like to say “Hats off!” to the GEC for providing this free, top notch conference broadcast to 25 sites in Montana.&nbsp; What I share are snippets from a variety of the excellent speakers who discussed the latest research on treatments, and the interrelationship that lifestyle risk factors a Wed, 30 Oct 2013 16:19:17 +0000 Susan Kohler 10405 at http://mtpr.net Falling is dangerous - and preventable http://mtpr.net/post/falling-dangerous-and-preventable <p>Good evening. &nbsp;I’m Susan Kohler, CEO of Missoula Aging Services, the Area Agency on Aging for Missoula and Ravalli counties.&nbsp; Because September is fall prevention month, tonight I’d like to talk about why preventing falls is so important as we get older, and suggest some ways that can help you do this.</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 22:16:52 +0000 Susan Kohler 7884 at http://mtpr.net Assisted living http://mtpr.net/post/assisted-living <p></p><p>Good evening.&nbsp; I’m Susan Kohler, CEO of Missoula Aging Services; the Area Agency on Aging for Missoula and Ravalli Counties. This evening I would like to share some of my perspectives about the issues raised in the recent <em>Frontline</em> episode on public television.&nbsp; It was called “Life and Death in Assisted Living.”&nbsp;</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 21:00:25 +0000 Susan Kohler 6499 at http://mtpr.net Friendship http://mtpr.net/post/friendship <p>Good evening.&nbsp; I’m Susan Kohler, CEO of Missoula Aging Services, the Area Agency on Aging for Missoula and Ravalli counties.&nbsp; This month I celebrate 30 years at Missoula Aging Services and 34 years working in the field of aging. Tonight I would like to pay tribute to all the older adults who have served as my mentors and helped shape my personal and professional journey.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 19:58:09 +0000 Susan Kohler 5248 at http://mtpr.net Elder Abuse Awareness http://mtpr.net/post/elder-abuse-awareness <p>Good evening.&nbsp; I’m Susan Kohler, CEO of Missoula Aging Services, the Area Agency on Aging for Missoula and Ravalli counties.&nbsp; Tonight I want to raise the unpleasant but important topic of elder abuse.&nbsp; By defining what it is and giving examples, I hope to increase your awareness of this growing “silent epidemic” and suggest ways we can all help stop its spread.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 19:56:57 +0000 Susan Kohler 3850 at http://mtpr.net