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On Wednesday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution held its fall Aging in Atlanta event. The free virtual event was hosted by editor Kevin Riley and took a deep dive into the issues that community members 55 and older care the most about.

Readers were able to submit questions beforehand to a panel of experts. The topics discussed covered everything from the importance to estate planning and asset protection, by Shannon Pawley, to Dr. Paula Bloom’s in-depth discussion around mental and behavioral health. Bloom is chief of behavioral health for Kaiser Permanente in the Atlanta region. Michelle Blalock, PharmD, from Kroger, talked about flu shots and COVID boosters.

Preventive care was another topic of discussion, with Dr. Fiona Baldwin, also from Kaiser Permanente, talking about memory loss, warning signs of common age-related conditions and the importance of coordinated care. Brendan Underwood presented services from Georgia Relay, a free public service offering telecommunications assistance for deaf and hearing-impaired individuals.

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The event was made possible by presenting sponsor Kroger. If you weren’t able to attend Wednesday’s event, you can watch the presentation, as well as the spring panel, on The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s YouTube channel. And be sure to catch the special Aging in Atlanta sections in the Sunday paper on October 10, November 14 and December 5.

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