WARRENSBURG, MISSOURI: KMOS-TV to feature five unique programs to spark conversation and thought about aging

Serving Benton, Henry, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis and Saline County, Missouri.

Beginning March 24, and running through April, KMOS-TV will air and feature five unique programs designed to spark conversation and thought about aging. KMOS-TV is proud to partner with other producers to showcase programs aimed at debunking myths about aging, providing inspirational stories, and resources for all of us as we age.
KMOS-TV has partnered with West-Central Independent Living Solutions (WILS), Services for Independent Living (SIL) of Columbia, and Aging Best of Columbia to help provide financial support for the broadcasting of these programs.

“We are excited to partner with amazing organizations such as WILS, SIL, and Aging Best for this series. They provide valuable services to our communities including assistive technologies and services for seniors. I am excited about this series as it sheds light on what can sometimes be a difficult stage of life that affects us all.” said Scott Alvested, Community Engagement Coordinator for KMOS-TV.

The films are part of the FOCUS ON AGING series broadcast by KMOS-TV. Each program seeks to educate, inspire, and engage audiences about a topic that is often misunderstood.

Fast Forward: Look Into Your Future
Follow four millennials and their parents as they travel through time to meet their future selves. Wearing an MIT-produced “aging empathy suit” and working with professional make-up artists, they grapple with the realizations, conversations and mindset required to age successfully.

Boomer’s Guide to Growing Older
Baby boomers are facing ever-increasing challenges, as they grapple with their own health issues while at the same time caring for their aging parents and sometimes even their own spouses. We’ll talk to experts to discover how boomers can manage these varied responsibilities while still maintaining their own physical and mental health, including resources and organizations designed to help.

Aging Matters: Loneliness and Isolation
Hosted by Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Kathy Mattea, we explore the characteristics and health implications of social isolation and loneliness on the elderly. The documentary features the stories of older adults who have experienced feeling detached from the wider community due to factors like the loss of a spouse, the stresses of caregiving, illness or loss of mobility. Finally, we look at the innovative ways that social ties and community can be created to prevent social withdrawal.

Young white female with long blond hair, black glasses, and a blue shirt is sitting next to an older white man wearing a white polo with a navy cardigan.  He is wearing VR glasses and pointing.
Revolutionizing Dementia Care
Explore how people living with dementia can still enjoy full and meaningful lives based on their abilities, not their limitations. We visit eight residential homes—from Massachusetts to California—specializing in dementia and Alzheimer’s care. Interviews with residents, family and staff reveal the various ways models of person-centered care, and its impact on both the recipients and providers of those services. Experts and educators in the dementia care field also discuss the changing landscape of diagnosis and care, and the benefits of these new models. From equine and horticulture therapies, to city-wide dementia-friendly education programs for area businesses, this documentary captures the evolving ways ability-focused programs can enrich the lives of those living with this diagnosis.

When My Time Comes
Spurred on by the death of her husband, Peabody-award-winning journalist Diane Rehm crosses the country to take an in-depth look at medical aid in dying. She speaks to people on all sides of the issue, uncovering the pros and cons, the facts and the misinformation surrounding this controversial practice that is now legal in nine states and the District of Columbia. The result is both moving and informative – an eye-opening documentary that is sure to provoke strong reactions and thoughtful conversations among viewers of all ages and backgrounds.

KMOS serves the citizens of 38 central Missouri counties with high quality, educational content and experiences online, over-the-air and in our communities. We are integral to engaged learning as a professional learning lab for students from a variety of disciplines at the University of Central Missouri. KMOS-TV broadcasts programming on four channels throughout the region with programs for all ages on 6.1, lifestyle and how-to programs on 6.2, news, dramas and more on 6.3, and a 24/7 schedule of kids programming to fit the schedule of every busy family on 6.4. Follow KMOS-TV on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @kmostv

About WILS
As a Center for Independent Living (CIL), WILS strives to remove barriers and prejudices and empowers persons with disabilities to live independently. They are a consumer driven, non-residential, 501(c)3 nonprofit resource center that serves people with physical disabilities and their families. For more information, please visit w-ils.org or contact info@w-ils.org.

About SIL
Established in 1980, Services for Independent Living (SIL) empowers people with disabilities, seniors, and veterans to maximize their independence in the community. A disability is a condition that substantially limits one or more life activities — and can be; visible or invisible, permanent or temporary. SIL provides community-based services like personal care services, aging in place services, assistance to youth transitioning to adulthood, educational sessions on how to increase independence, transportation, home modifications, and free durable medical equipment and assistive devices. As a Center for Independent Living (CIL), 51% or more of staff and Board of Directors are people with disabilities. We are who we serve. For more information, please visit silcolumbia.org

About Aging Best
Aging Best is part of a nationwide network of Agencies on Aging developed to provide local level services focused on keeping people in their homes as long as possible. For more information, please visit agingbest.org