John Wenzlau and Millie Oakeson

Honoring the achievements of your loved ones means you value the relationship you shared. Hosts John Wenzlau and Millie Oakeson of “Successful Aging” on Independent Talk 1100 KFNX, in keeping with their weekly theme of living well and loving life, invited Diana Speros, community outreach liaison for Legacy Funeral Home, to talk about end-of-life options. Speros discussed the many different options families have now to create a fitting and memorable funeral. 

“We can make suggestions to enhance your tribute ideas; you know your loved one better than anyone else, so together, we’ll design the perfect celebration of life,” she said. 

Oakeson asked Speros what options people can expect.

Speros replied, “A traditional funeral is still popular, but more and more, we see new contemporary funeral styles requested.” 

Speros said, “A celebration of life is the first step in healing, so we are planning funerals anywhere and any way families want it.” 

Wenzlau asked, “What are other considerations families need to think about?”

Speros was quick to point out prior planning of your funeral takes all of the stress off of your loved ones. 

“Usually, people are clear on choosing between burial and cremation when the loved one’s wishes were made clear prior to death. But in the event the wishes of the deceased were never clearly stated, we can help families make those hard decisions.” 

Speros concluded that a funeral is a gift of memories, a gift of healing and a truly priceless gift of peace of mind. For more information, contact Speros at 480-508-6888.

If you are 50 or older or about to turn 50, you’ve probably heard of AARP.  Oakeson welcomed Paula Wright, associate state director, community outreach of AARP AZ, to the show by asking, “What is AARP? Is it a membership-only organization and are they in every state?” 

Wright was happy to explain that yes, an AARP is in every state but Arizona is working hard to set itself apart by incorporating “fun with purpose” events and providing opportunities for members and non-members. The events and workshops offered provide fun, education and support with the goal of keeping you moving. Wright shared just a few of its many events; AARP Smart Driver, Bike Safety Clinic, Life Reimagined Workshops (rediscover your passions), and HealthRhythms drum circles, as well as “Search the Digital Age” (digital basics to work with smartphones and pads). In addition, AARP advocates for caregivers, sponsors caregiver forums and workshops and it offers a resource guide to help caregivers find support options. To find out more, visit www.aarp.org/phoenix.

For more information on these topics or to ask a question, visit www.successfulaging.info. Tune in every Tuesday to Independent Talk KFNX 1100 as John and Millie continue to explore “Successful Aging.”