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Archive for April 2012

Radio 4 the Ages - Charlotte Mecklenburg Senior Centers - 4-29-12

Show #31: Charlotte Mecklenburg Senior Centers

Show #31: Charlotte Mecklenburg Senior Centers

This week on Radio 4 the Ages we had on several guests from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Senior Centers.  Charlotte has four great senior centers including Tyvola Senior Center, Shamrock Senior Center, North Mecklenburg Senior Center, and West Side Senior Services at Betty Rae Thomas Center.  We heard from representatives from the senior centers tell us about what programs they offer ranging from computer classes to ping pong to tai chi.  We also heard from actual participants from the senior centers who shared their experience at the senior centers.  We had a full house and covered several other topics related to the senior centers.  It was great to have such wonderful guests on the show and it sure made for an entertaining and information packed show.  Tune in, Call in, and get involved!



  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Senior Centers

  • Tyvola Senior Center

2225 Tyvola Road

Charlotte, NC 28210


  • Shamrock Senior Center

3925 Willard Farrow Dr.

Charlotte, NC 28215


  • North Mecklenburg Senior Center 

16601 Old Statesville Road

Huntersville, NC 28078


  • West Side Senior Services @ Bette Rae Thomas Center

2921 Tuckaseegee Rd.

Charlotte, NC 28208


  • NC Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)


Radio 4 the Ages - 4-22-12 - Jonatham Kromer - Depression and Suicide

Show #30: Depression & Suicide

Show #30: Depression & Suicide

This week on Radio 4 the Ages, we were joined by Jonathan Kromer (Social Worker & Psychotherapist with Senior Health Connection at Carolinas HealthCare System) for the duration of the show to talk about depression and suicide among senior adults.  We learned that depression and thoughts of suicide are not part of the normal ageing process, and that there is help out there for people suffering from depression and thoughts of suicide.



  •     Jonathan Kromer

    Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

    Clinical Social Worker in Gerontology (CSW-G)


    Senior Health Connection

    Carolinas HealthCare System

    (704) 302-9544


Radio 4 the Ages - Jennefer Garrity - Marilyn Morenz

Show #29: Elder Law & Being Prepared

Show #29: Elder Law & Being Prepared

This Sunday Jennefer Garrity (Co-founder of Garrift & Gossage, LLP) and Marilyn Morenz (of Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region) joined the Radio 4 the Ages team to discuss advanced healthcare and financial planning.   The key take-away from our discussion seemed to be that the earlier we start planning, the better off we and our loved ones will be.  We talked about healthcare power of attorney, advanced directives, financial power of attorney, and several other forms that we can have in place to reduce the burden on our loved ones and clear up a lot of confusion that can arise in the event of a life-changing incident.  To find out more, tune in!


  • Jennefer Garrity

Attorney at Law

Garrity & Gossage, LLP

(704) 841-0661


  • Marilyn Morenz RN, BSN, CHPN

Education & Resource Manager

Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region

(704) 335-3579


  • Advance Health Care Directive Registry

North Carolina Secretary of State


Radio 4 the Ages - Dr. Mark Hirsch - Myra Erickson - Marie Jaffe - Parkinsons Disease

Show #28: Parkinson’s Disease

Show #28: Parkinson’s Disease

Our broadcast this Sunday was entirely focused on Parkinson’s disease. We discussed not only what Parkinson’s disease is and the symptons associated with it, but also the new research being done by Dr. Mark Hirsch with Carolinas Medical Center showing the positive impact exercise can have upon the disease. We also talked about the goal of replicating a Dutch model of care that uses a collection of physicians in different disciplines to treat complex diseases and conditions. This model allows health care providers to care for patients in a more effective and efficient way. Also joining us in the studio was Myra Erickson, a CMC Live Well Health Center Nurse at the Harris YMCA, who spoke about the innovative partnership between Carolinas Healthcare System and the YMCA that allows patients to receive a refferal from a physician for an 8 week membership at local YMCA’s as well as individualized exercise programs for patients with Parkinson’s. Marie Jaffe, Executive Director with Parkinson Association of the Carolinas, also spoke with us about the role of the Parkinson Association of the Carolinas.   Tune In, Call In, Get Involved!

  • Dr. Mark Hirsch, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Carolinas Healthcare System

(704) 355-7673

  • Myra Erickson, R.N.

Carolinas Medical Center Live Well Health Center Nurse

Harris YMCA

(704) 716-6808

  • Marie Jaffe

Executive Director

Parkinson Association of the Carolinas

1 (866) 903-7275