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Episode 104: Special Edition: Doctors Share Advice on COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing upheaval in everyday living and taking the lives of people young and old. Learn more about the crisis directly from two NJ Foundation for Aging-affiliated physicians on the May 2020 Aging Insights TV show, “Special Edition: Doctors Share Advice on COVID-19” (Episode #104). Guests Dr. Joshua Raymond and Dr. Vikranta Sharma are Board members of the nonprofit NJFA, which produces this program. Host Melissa Chalker, NJFA’s Executive Director, who has been working from home during this pandemic, interviewed Drs. Raymond and Sharma in their offices via video conferencing.

Dr. Joshua Raymond is Associate Professor of Medicine and Geriatric Fellowship Director at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School/Rutgers University/CentraState Medical Center. He is board certified in Family Medicine and holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in Geriatric Medicine as well as a Certificate of Added Qualification in Palliative Care Hospice Care. He is also Medical Director at The Manor nursing facility of the CentraState Medical Center in Freehold, NJ.

Dr. Vikranta Sharma is the Medical Director of Hospice and Palliative Care at the Visiting Nurse Association Health Group (VNAHG) and Palliative Care at CentraState Healthcare System. The VNAHG is NJ’s largest not-for-profit provider of home health, visiting physicians, hospice and community-based care. Dr. Sharma diagnoses and treats patients suitable for hospice and palliative care in the service areas of the agency, within private residences, extended-care facilities, hospitals and other facilities She also develops and provides educational programs for community physicians and medical/agency staff regarding palliative and hospice care.

The New Jersey Foundation for Aging (www.njfoundationforaging.org) is the only statewide nonprofit organization focused solely on providing leadership in public policy and education to enable older adults to live with independence and dignity in their communities. In addition to its policy leadership role, the NJFA produces the award-winning Aging Insights, a monthly half-hour TV program promoting dialogue on critical issues for older adults and caregivers. The show can be seen on this YouTube channel as well as more than 70 public-access stations and www.njfoundationforaging.org/aging-insights. The NJFA also presents an annual conference (currently scheduled for July 24, 2020) offering development opportunities and best practices for professionals entrusted with caring for seniors.

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