Pioneer’s Compass producer Laura Kay Prosser takes viewers to Granite Falls to participate in “A Matter of Balance” classes being sponsored by the Living at Home Block Nurse Program (LHBNP). Prosser interviews Mike Brown, Physical Therapist for the class and LHBNP coordinator Mary Ims about how these classes are helping seniors overcome the fear of falling by learning exercises that build their strength.
Pioneer’s General Manager, Les Heen, hosts an in-studio discussion about what services are available for communities and individuals to improve quality of life for older citizens. Joining Heen are Kim Madsen, MN River Area Agency on Aging Program Development Coordinator and Lori Peterson, Memory Care Coordinator at the Chippewa County Montevideo Hospital.
For the Compass Literature Corner, Prosser interviews author Robert Putnam about his new book "Our Kids" -- A groundbreaking examination of how the growing inequality gap is impacting the American Dream. Putnam was at Southwest Minnesota State University in December 2016, to give the keynote address for the Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) Grow Our Own Summit. Pioneer is working in collaboration with SWIF to raise awareness about the fact that one in six southwest Minnesota kids lives in poverty. Grow Our Own Helping the Next Generation Find Success is a program based on the
information presented at the Summit to be broadcast on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 9:00 p.m.
For more information visit:
The Living at Home Block Nurse Program Website
MN River Area Agency on Aging Website
Memory Care Services, Chippewa County Montevideo Hospital Web Page
Hutchinson Leader story about findings from poverty research in Southwestern Minnesota
Compass is recorded, produced and edited by Laura Kay Prosser, Pioneer’s public affairs journalist. Corporate support for the program is provided by contributions from the Leo P. Flynn Estate and the Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council. Viewers with story ideas and issues they would like to see discussed on Compass are encouraged to contact Pioneer Public Television via email at email@example.com or call the station at 1-800-726-3178.
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