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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

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A Mother’s Day Inteview: Ms. Loucille

IMG_1831Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12th! In celebrating all the wonderful mothers out there we sat down Ms. Loucille, who will be celebrating her 92nd birthday in June, is mother of 4 daughters, grandmother to 6 and great-grandmother of 5! Read on to hear what Ms. Loucille had to say about being a mom and some memories of her own mom…



What are you looking forward to the most this Mother’s Day?

The family, getting together. We usually get together for dinner on Mother’s Day.

Are you hoping for any gifts?

I don’t want a thing- I don’t want anything to dust and I don’t need anything to wear! Now something to eat might be ok…

Do you have a memorable story from a past Mother’s Day?

Just some good memories of people getting together. My family is so blessed that we all get along! I do remember on Mother’s Day when my kids were young, my daughter dropped an entire bowl of banana pudding before she got to the table! It was everywhere!

What are some favorite memories of your own mother?

My mom was very loving person, but when she spoke, she meant it! She’d put her hands on your shoulders and look you in the eye and that would be it! I had 3 bothers and a sister, I can never remember any body getting spanked. She was an excellent cook too- chicken and dumplings, pies, cakes. She also made all of our clothes. I don’t know how she did everything she did.

 How is being a grandmother different from motherhood?

In my case, my grandchildren are very close to me. I got to spend a lot of individual time with them when they were growing up. My great grandchildren don’t live very close to me though, so we use FaceTime to chat. I like getting to see them even though we don’t live close by.

What are some of the differences you’ve noticed about raising a family today versus how you were raised and how you raised your kids?

The way I was raised we improvised our toys, we played outside. We didn’t have anything extra. All the kids in the neighborhood played together. Kids today don’t socialize the way we did. They use their phones a lot.

What advice would you give to a new mom?

My mom and my mother in law would come and stay with me sometimes after each of my children were born. Young mothers today have to work and don’t get to spend as much time with them. That’s your bonding time. So, I would say to spend as much time with the baby as you can because it goes so fast.

 What do you think is the greatest challenge of motherhood?

Motherhood really means accepting different phases of life; some people have a hard time, but I’ve been blessed.

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Gero at FranU at the Grandparents raising Grandchildren Annual Conference!

 The Grandparents raising Grandchildren (GRG) annual conference is this Friday, April 12th!

Fran U nursing students will offer health screenings under the Community Nursing Course lead Ms. Cindra Schneider and a breakout session on current health topics for older adults will be led by Dr. Lindsay Mullins, Chair of the Gerontology Program. 

Interested in attending?  Please call the GRG office to register or for more information at 225.810.3555. We hope to see you there!


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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Annual Conference 2019

The 22nd annual Conference of the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Information Center of Louisiana (GRGICL) will be called to order on Friday April 12, 2019 at 8 a.m. This Conference annually attracts 300+ attendees from all over the state and is a free resource to grandparents raising grandchildren and other persons raising children who are not their own. Throughout the day there will be a number of exhibits from community agencies that provide services for grandparents as well as workshops on various topics of interest.

The opening session will include a keynote address by Governor John Bel Edwards or his representative and welcoming remarks from Marketa Walters, Secretary of the Department of Children and Family Services, Senator Regina Barrow, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, and other community leaders. Concurrent workshops on topics to inform kinship caregivers on current issues that affect them and the children in their care will be run through the remainder of the morning. A free lunch is provided at noon.

One of the highlights of the Conference is always the Legal Panel that begins as soon as lunch is served. Led by Attorney Todd Gaudin, the panel’s attorneys will discuss their family practices and offer advice to audience members who submit questions. An array of door prizes and tee shirts will be presented to attendees to close out the day. All grandparents raising grandchildren and others raising children not their own are cordially invited to attend the Conference. It will be held at the Holiday Inn South, 9940 Airline Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA 70816.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren was co-founded by Dot Thibodeaux and Danna Stone Spayde. Danna is a co-founder and life member of the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Information Center of Louisiana (GRGICL) and currently serves as Vice-president of the Board. She and Dot Thibodeaux began this organization in 1993 as a local support group when Danna was the program developer for the EBR Council on Aging. Over the years it has grown into a statewide 501(c)(3) organization. She and Dot have received regional and national recognition for this program. Dot is currently is President of the Board of this organization and oversees, as a volunteer, various activities. She is a long time group leader of “Second Time Around” monthly support group in Baton Rouge.

Please call our office to register or for more information at 225.810.3555.

Kathy Coleman
Secretary/Treasurer of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.