Aging in Atlanta event discusses immunizations, safe travel and more

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Wednesday marked part two of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Aging in Atlanta spring series. Editor-in-chief Kevin Riley once again hosted the free virtual event and led a detailed discussion on important topics concerning adults 55 and up.

Readers submitted questions and experts gave answers that offered ways to navigate various subjects. Those who have tuned into or attended past events may recognize some of the speakers.

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Shannon Pawley of The Estate and Asset Protection Law Firm returned to talk about estate planning and asset protection. She emphasized that planning is a journey, rather than a final destination.

Other topics focused on health care.

Dr. William E. Humphries III with Wellstar Health System addressed common stroke-related questions. Humphries, who is a cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgeon of the Wellstar Neurosurgery Group, also discussed stroke symptoms and risk factors for a stroke including lifestyle habits, such as diet.

Justin P. Hart, also with Wellstar Health System, discussed men’s health questions, including prostate cancer screening and treatment options. He also addressed whether prostate cancer raises the risk of women relatives getting other forms of cancer. Hart is a radiation oncologist, medical director of Wellstar Cobb Radiation Oncology in the Wellstar Medical Group.

Immunization status updates and vaccination resources were also discussed. Michelle Blalock, PharmD, of the Kroger Co.’s Atlanta division came back and addressed these new topics. She also talked about important vaccines for older adults, the benefits of online pharmacy accounts and the most important information to give to pharmacists.

Brenden Underwood, outreach coordinator for Georgia Relay, addressed questions about the free public service that makes it possible for anyone to make and receive phone calls. Finally, Robin Washington, strategic account manager of Royal Caribbean International, discussed how to plan safe cruise trips.

This event was made possible by presenting sponsor Kroger and gold sponsor Wellstar. Anyone who was unable to view the event Wednesday can see a recorded broadcast on It’s also available on The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, you’ll find recordings for part one of the events on the Facebook and YouTube pages.

Make sure to catch the special Sunday section on June 6.

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