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Helping the Elderly at Christmas (1984)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1984-12-21

Duration: 00:08:30

Subjects: Christmas | Holidays | Elderly


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Reporter
  • Erwin, Carlos Interviewee
  • LaFleur, Sharon Interviewee
  • Brewer, Peggy Interviewee
  • Adams, Sandra Interviewee
  • Houston, Martha Interviewee


This segment from the December 21, 1984, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Robyn Ekings’ report on the elderly people in Louisiana who will be spending Christmas alone at home. Her report covers the services available to the elderly at the Council on Aging and senior centers, as well as the Louisiana Mental Health Association’s efforts to raise money to provide depression services for the elderly. Ekings interviews: Carlos Erwin, an 80-year-old; Sharon LaFleur, the director of the Council on Aging; Peggy Brewer of the Louisiana Mental Health Association; Sandra Adams, the director of the Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs; and Martha Houston, an 85-year-old. Host: Beth Courtney