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Tri-County Mental Health Services Older Adult Educator Becky Franklin will begin a series of presentations at the Riverside Community Center with a talk on “Engage as You Age” Aug. 23.

Partnership Brings Dialog on Aging to Riverside

The beginning of a partnership between Tri-County Mental Health Services and the Riverside Community Center will kick off at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 23 with a presentation on “Engage as You Age.”

Becky Franklin, Older Adult Educator for Tri-County, will make her first presentation at the center on a topic she knows well: combating depression and other issues of aging with activities and involvement.

“Depression, loneliness and other issues are not a normal part of aging,” Franklin explained. “And there are a lot of things nearly everyone can do to avoid or reduce them and enjoy life as they age.”

Franklin often speaks throughout Clay, Platte and Ray counties, arming both professional caregivers and loved ones with the information they need to empower older adults. Even for professionals, issues such as depression, dealing with loss or the danger of falls are often misunderstood.

“It’s easy to pass something off as ‘that’s just part of getting old,’” she explained. “But it may be something you can deal with. Staying active and engaged is one of the best things you can do.”

The Riverside Community Center is located at 4498 NW High Dr, Riverside, MO 64150. For more information, call (816) 741-4172.

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