Julie Hutt, the Director of Education and Community Outreach for P.A.C.E. of the Southern Piedmont, is my sole guest for the show. Julie was a nurse in England for many years, and she has been an important member of the senior adult care community in the Carolinas for the past several years. Julie shared a hello to her Mom and Dad in England and Spain, and we had a most informative conversation about caring for older adults, both locally and long distance. Julie reminded everyone that a good place to start if you need assistance is Just One Call, at 704-432-1111 or 877-889-0323.
Sheila, our executive producer graced us with her presence today, and she discussed caring for her Mom who is in a local independent living community in Charlotte. We discussed the most important item for senior adults that surfaces in each focus group study we’ve done: independence.
The P.A.C.E. model actually started in San Francisco back in 1971 with the Chinatown-North Beach Health Care Planning and Development Corporation. It was soon renamed On Lok Senior Health Services, and one of the first Adult Day Care Centers opened in San Francisco in 1973.
Sit back, relax and enjoy one of my favorite Brits- Julie Hutt, and my executive producer Sheila,as we discuss caring for senior adults and P.A.C.E.
Contact P.A.C.E. at 704-887-3840; www.pacesp.com;www.npaonline.org
Ann Israel, an 85 year young resident of Atria Merrywood in Charlotte, NC was my guest co-host for this special show! Ann had a 30 year career in radio, doing everything from hosting her own show, ‘Breakfast for Two’, running the traffic board, and anything else that needed doing. Ann started acting in school plays in kindergarten, and her love for the theatre and actors was born. Ann interviewed many famous actors who were doing winter stock theatre in Palm Beach, including Helen Hayes, Billie Burke, Vincent Price, the Gish Sisters and many, many more. Ann also reminisced with me on monumental events that helped shape her life , including the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the Twin Towers attacks on 9/11, her husband’s passing at the young age of 64, and other world events.
In 1971 Ann and her spouse Jim founded the Swamp Fox Players in Georgetown, South Carolina, which is still flourishing today. Heather Hammond, my sometimes co-host and community liaison for Radio 4 the Ages, joined Ann and I in the studio. Heather’s presence and her subtly sultry voice added to the richness of the show.
This is a truly enjoyable listening experience with Ann Israel, a most accomplished, fun loving, and entertaining soul.
For the second time in the past three weeks, Jim Edminson of the NC Baptist Aging Ministry was with me, accompanied by Debbie Pilson, a Regional Elder Care Director from NC BAM. We had a free ranging discussion on aging successfully, aging and dignity, Ageism and the creator of that phrase, Dr. Robert Butler. Our main theme was related to how the NC Baptist Aging Ministry works to improve the quality of life and safety of all or our senior adults through the great support of their volunteer team. I opened with a discourse on my thoughts as to how to age well and stay active and involved in life’s journey, and a comparison of the Greatest Generation to todays tsunami of Baby Boomers turning 65 at the rate of 10,000 per day.
Thanks for being a part of my passion- Radio 4 the Ages!
Debi Lee of the Centralina Area Agency on Aging was my guest host today as I was attending my daughter Rachel’s wedding in Flat Rock, NC. I want to thank Debi for doing a bang up job with a fabulous line-up of guests and some most useful topics for our older adults, and those of all ages who love and care for them.
Wayne Goodwin, who is the NC State Commissioner of Insurance as well as the NC State Fire Marshall was kind enough to call in to the show for several segments. As Insurance Commissioner, Goodwin has been a champion for consumers through fair rate making, injury prevention efforts, and close regulation of insurance company solvency and industry practices. Since taking the oath of office, he has redoubled the department’s efforts in fighting insurance fraud and has saved approximately $1 billion for North Carolina’s consumers and businesses.
In addition to his responsibilities as Insurance Commissioner, Goodwin is the State Fire Marshal and plays a vital role in protecting lives and property in North Carolina. The Office of State Fire Marshal is responsible for training fire and rescue personnel, administering the state building code, securing property insurance for state-owned buildings, and reviewing construction plans for state building projects.
Also phoning in was Jeanie Schepisi, the Regional Manager of the Senior Health Insurance Information Program and Laurie Abounader of the Cabarus County Elder Abuse Task Force. Joining Debi in studio and on the air were Linda Miller (a big Rolling Stones fan) and Katie Kutcher from the Centralina Area Agency on Aging.
There’s lots of vital information for senior adults and their families in this edition of Radio 4 the Ages, so listen in and be prepared to take notes. And many thanks again to my good friend Debi Lee for a great job hosting for me today!