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Archive for February 2012

Radio 4 the Ages - Debi Lee - Sgt Walt Bowling - Ken Sigmon - Elder Abuse

Show #23: Elder Abuse

Show #23: Elder Abuse

This Sunday we welcomed to the show Debi Lee (Elder Rights Coordinator at the Centralina Area Agency on Aging), Sargeant Walt Bowling (Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department – Financial Crimes Unit & Cyber Crime Unit), and Ken Sigmon (Supervisor at Adult Protective Services). We speak with them about the different types of elder abuse and who to call if you think an adult may in need of these services. We also learn of several ways to reduce the risk of elder abuse by, in some cases, just getting the family together and talking about the subject. World Elder Abuse Day, June 15th, is a wonderful opportunity to have this talk among your family. We here at Radio 4 the Ages were honored to have such great guests on our show and hope to bring our listeners valueable information on a topic that can such large impact on the lives of our loved ones. Tune in to learn more!


  • Debi L. Lee

Elder Rights Coordinator

Centralina Area Agency on Aging


  • Sargeant Walter Bowling

Computer Forensic/Cyber Crimes Unit

Financial Crimes Unit

North Carolina Senior Fraud Task Force

Mecklenburg County Consumer Fraud Task Force

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department


  • Ken Sigmon

Supervisor, Adult Protective Services

Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services


  • Just 1 Call

(704) 432-1111

(704) 336-2273

  • Department of Social Services

Call 24/7 1-800-508-5777

Radio 4 the Ages - Bob Martin, Alanna Brewton, Tom Hamilton, Rev. Cynthia Sloan

Show #22: Addiction and Recovery

Show #22: Addiction & Recovery

The Radio 4 the Ages team welcomed guests Tom Hamilton (from Advene Health Group), Rev. Cynthia Sloan (from United Methodist Special Program on Substance Abuse and Related Violence), Bob Martin (from Carolinas Healthcare System), and Alanna Brewton (also from Carolinas Healthcare System).  In the first half of our show, we speak with Tom Hamilton and Rev. Cynthia Sloan about different ways addiction can manifest itself in a persons life, especially in regards to senior adults, baby boomers, or recently retired people.  In our second half of the show, we are joined by Bob Martin and Alanna Brewton.  We discuss what to do if you think you or a loved one may have a substance abuse problem as well as where to get help.  Tune in to learn more about this crutial issue that affects so many people in Charlotte, the United States, and around the world.


  • Tom Hamilton

Consulting Interventionist, Life Coach

Advene Health Group

(704) 844-0181

  • Rev. Cynthia Sloan

Program Associate

Global Ministries, The United Methodist Church

Substance Abuse & Related Violence Ministries (S.P.S.A.R.V.)

 (704) 882-0282

  • Bob Martin

Director of Substance Abuse Services

CMC  Mercy at Carolinas Healthcare System

for 24/7 trained counselor, call (704) 304-5248

  • Alanna Brewton
Addiction Counselor, Fitness Instructor

Carolinas Healthcare System

(704) 304-5273


  • Detoxification & Medical Treatment Training

March 29th 2012

8:00am – 11:30am at 1408 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC

Call (704) 304-5248

Radio 4 the Ages - Debora Sparks, Ann Marie Obrikat, Katie Kutcher

Show #21: Charlotte Mecklenburg Council on Aging

Show #21: Charlotte Mecklenburg Council on Aging

Joining the Radio 4 the Ages team this Sunday were Debora Sparks (Council on Aging), Ann Marie Obrikat (Council on Aging), and Katie Kutcher (Centralina Area Agency on Aging, Charlotte Mecklenburg Aging Coalition) to talk about their organization.  We learn about the history of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Council on Aging as well as what they do.  All of us here at Radio 4 the Ages were really surprised to learn about all the important and interesting work the Council on Aging does to improve the lives of senior adults and baby boomers in the Charlotte region.  They explained how they work with elected government officials and seniors to provide a platform for better communication in the community, as well as some wonderful research to help the county plan for the coming wave of an aging population including baby boomers, seniors, and retirees.  If you want to learn more about the Council on Aging, tune in, call in, and get involved!


  • Debora Sparks

Executive Direct, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Council on Aging

(704) 391-5216

  • Ann Marie Obrikat
Member of the Board of Directors, Council on Aging
  • Katie Kutcher

Aging Specialist, Centralina Area Agency on Aging

Co-Chair of Advocacy Committee of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Aging Coalition

Alumnus, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Council on Aging
Radio 4 the Ages - Larry Dawalt - John Lincourt - Aging with Dignity - Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region

Show #20: Aging with Dignity

Show #20: Aging with Dignity

This Sunday, the Radio 4 the Ages team was pleased to have guests Larry Dawalt (from Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region) and John Lincourt (specializing in Biomedical Ethics and Philosophy).  This show was dedicated entirely to discussing “aging with dignity”.  We  discuss, in depth, what it means to have dignity later on in life and even discover that there is more than just one type of dignity.  We also learn some helpful information about how to better care for our aging loved ones and to be more aware of treating them with dignity.  If you or a loved one have been wondering about how to age with dignity, this is the show for you!  We hope our show will shed light on a topic that almost everyone will be presented with at some point in their life.  Stay Informed, Involved, Active, and Listened To.


Larry Dawalt, M. Div

Senior Director of Spiritual & Grief Care Services

Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region

Radio 4 the Ages - Live from Carriage Club of Charlotte

Show #19: Live from Carriage Club of Charlotte

Show #19: Live from Carriage Club of Charlotte

This past Sunday’s show was the first of soon-to-be many live on-location broadcasts from Radio 4 the Ages.  The folks at Carriage Club of Charlotte were great hosts, and we had a great time.  We talked with Debera Shane (Director of Marketing at Carriage Club of Charlotte),  Ida Mae Hodgson (making her second appearance since her Senior Moments debut), Gabriel Worthmon, Charlotte Watkins, Dr. Roger Lakatos (Resident Care Doctor & Gerontologist at Carriage Club of Charlotte), Janie Siegel (Life Enrichment Director at Carriage Club of Charlotte), as well as The Carriage Club Chorus.  We had so much fun, and look forward to visiting Carriage Club of Charlotte soon!  If you or a loved one are looking for a continuum of care retirement community in Charlotte, NC that provides independent living, assisted living, memory care, rehabilitation, and skilled nursing browse Carriage Club’s website or give them a call at (704) 365-8551.