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Podcasting 101

GerontologyatFranu is proud to announce their podcast series Gero at Franu will soon be streaming for you to enjoy. Like this blog, the podcast will be a great source of information on healthy aging, and will also feature interviews with people passionate about the care and wellness of older adults. If you aren’t familiar with podcasts, don’t worry, we’ve got some information to get you ready to begin enjoying our podcast (and others) today!

A podcast is an online recording that you can download from a podcast website to your computer or audio player. It’s almost like a radio show that you can listen to anytime you want, for free! You can subscribe to a podcast, whereby new episodes will be downloaded automatically, or you can just listen to one episode at a time. Popular sites for podcasts include Spotify, SoundCloud, or iTunes. HowStuffWorks has a great article about podcasting, check it out here to learn more!

We will be sure to let you know when new podcast episodes are up for you to enjoy, and will provide a link for you to download episodes so you can listen at home or on the go. We look forward to sharing some great information with you!


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Safety in the Sun

Summertime is a time to enjoy being outdoors: Family barbeques, gardening, even a trip to the beach are all treasured summer pastimes. While you’re out having fun in the sun, don’t forget to keep yourself safe from the dangerous effects of UV rays.

According to skincancer.org, 40%-50% of seniors over the age of 65 will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. This is due to several factors, including a lifetime of sun exposure, a weaker immune response, and a decrease in skin’s elasticity. The exposure to UV rays can alter our skin’s DNA, the effects of which can lead to skin cancer.

How can you protect yourself from those pesky UV rays? According to the American Cancer Society, the most important step is to avoid sun exposure for long periods during the peak “sunny” times of the day, from 10am-4pm. If you are going to be outside, be sure to wear your sunscreen (make sure it’s waterproof if you’re swimming!), slip on a hat, and wear sunglasses. Stay in the shade as much as possible and remember to stay hydrated.

Want to learn more about how to keep yourself safe while having fun in the sun? Check out skincancer.org’s fantastic article here which is full on useful info on sun safety for seniors. The American Cancer Society’s website is also a great resource on sun safety and skin cancer information and can be found here.

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Elder Abuse: Know the Signs

June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month, so take some time today to familiarize yourself with the warning signs of elder abuse and how you can report it. Elderly adults are frequently victims of abuse and neglect, often perpetrated by members of their own family. Whether the abuse is financial, physical, or even acts of neglect, its important to know how you can identify victims of this abuse and protect their rights. The National Institute on Aging has identified several types of elder abuse: Financial, Physical, Emotional, Neglect, Abdondemnt, and Sexual abuse.  The NIA’s very informative article on elder abuse  can be found here.

Do you suspect that an older adult is being abused? To report abuse, neglect, or exploitation of seniors in the community by family members or friends in the State of Louisiana you can call Elderly Protective Services at 1-833-577-6532. To report elder abuse in a facility or by a healthcare provider go to http://www.ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/page/254/n/26 to learn more.


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A Father’s Day Interview: Mr. Joe

joeFather’s Day is this Sunday, June 16! Joe Lohman, 65, is a father of 2, grandfather of 1. Today he shares his insights on fatherhood and what being a great dad is all about.






What would you say are the most challenging aspects of fatherhood?

Well, we were blessed with two kids who were so confident and independent. It is important for parents to set standards and to allow their kids to be independent and to discover their unique skills. You really can’t dictate to your kids. They have to grow on their own. I do think it’s important for your kids to develop their own specific work ethic.

 How is being a grandfather different from fatherhood?

It’s fun to see our kids in their own kids. Their mannerisms, the phrases they pick up from their parents. It’s great to see those you love in the grand kids you love.

 You were married for 10 years before you had kids. How was that experience for your family compared to your friends?

I think that was a good decision. Having kids is such a life changing experience and I’m glad we were settled in our marriage. Many of our friends were having kids immediately after they were married but I’m glad it turned out the way it did.

 Are there differences in a “parenting style” versus raising a son versus raising a daughter?

I think the best parenting style advice I could give is to learn when to keep your mouth shut!

Watching your son becoming a father, what are some things that you hope you’ve passed on to your son?

My son is much more patient than I am, and I was very patient with my kids! He’s very compassionate too, which is a lovely thing to see.

Father’s Day is Sunday… are we expecting any gifts?

Just having my family together, and getting all the hugs!



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Georgetown and FranU: Death and Dying Lecture Collaborative

Dr. Mullins and Dr. Saunders, the M.S. in Aging and Health program at Georgetown University Chair, collaborated on reaching students in the field of aging about death and dying.  Dr. Mullins held a lecture for the students in the Aging and Health program this past April.  The collaborative was one of the many ways FranU is reaching older adults and those who will care for them across the country.


The M.S. in Aging and Health program at Georgetown is aiming to change how the country views and cooperates with the vastly growing aging population. Georgetown
Aging and Health students come from diverse backgrounds and experiences; what unites them is their commitment to solving the pressing issues associated with our aging population. This degree is open to all backgrounds: recent college graduates in any major who are interested in working with older adults as well as mid-career students who seek professional advancement or a shift in career track.

The expected timeline for full-time students pursuing the degree is 11 months. Classes are offered in the late afternoon or evening as possible, allowing working students to participate fully. Some online and hybrid format courses are available.

Our first class started in Fall of 2018, with 2 students completing the program requirements and graduating in August of 2019. Our students’ interests range from non-profits, to government, to policy, to clinical care and beyond. Whatever your interest is in regarding Aging, this program may be the perfect fit for you.

To learn more about the program, please contact Dr. Pamela Saunders at
or (202) 687-2927. Visit us at