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Archive for February 2014


Adult Children and the Empty Nesters, Part 2

Show #118


Gina Amato and her daughter Zoe join me in studio for the first ever back to back shows with the same topic that’s ever been done on Radio 4 the Ages!

Adult children moving back in with Mom or Dad after college is the main thrust of this conversation. There’s enough statistical data for you to chew on, and as in the first part last week, plenty of laughs as we explore the challenges and blessings of this oft times necessary living arrangement.

My youngest son Collin joins us as well, and he accounted for himself fairly well for a 15 year old male; at least during the first hour of the show. After that, I think the late hour that he was ‘forced’ to keep the night before in serious phone conversation with his young lady friend brought on a bit of nap time.

gena and zoe

Adult Children Invading the Empty Nest, Part I

Show #117


Gina Amato and daughter Zoe Irizarry join me this day to do what turned out to be part one of a two part venture into a fun and most entertaining show on the topic of adult children moving back into their parent’s home. Gina is the Western Territory Disaster Program Manager for the American Red Cross in the upper Palmetto Region.

This venture turned out to be a radio version of a few television shows: Dr. Phil, Maury Povich, Jerry Springer, albeit a milder version of that one. Gina and Zoe are both full of life, joy and a willingness to share with the audience. We touched on some of the joys, challenges and irritants of life when a recent college graduate moves back into her childhood home to reside with her Mom after four years out of the nest.

I’m sure that you will enjoy this program with Gina and Zoe. But there is a warning! If you are averse to laughter, do not listen to this edition of Radio 4 the Ages!

Part Two is to be heard on February 22nd!

-thnx, david

barbara drum

Caring for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Individuals

Show #116


Barbara Drum was my guest host this fine day, when we covered a wide variety of topics. Barbara and I reminisced about the Beatles appearance on the Ed Sullivan show on February 9th, 1964. And as Barbara says, it’s a blessing that we both can still remember the event! Barbara has been involved in memory care for many years. She most recently was the Administrator of a memory care community in the Charlotte, NC area. Barbara is an accomplished trainer and presenter to groups interested in memory care. Contact Barbara at

The average age of folks who are being admitted to memory care communities is going down. There are many cases of frontal lobe dementia and CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) as a result of multiple concussions. Vietnam war veterans and the recent veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are more prone to early dementia.

If you are concerned for yourself or a loved one who might be showing signs of dementia, then this show is MUST HEAR programming. Barbara is skilled at caring for individuals with some form of cognitive impairment, and training individuals who want to work in a memory care community. There are many wonderful tips for recognizing warning signs of dementia and how to proceed. It’s easy to ignore the warning signs. And if you live out of town from your aging loved one, there are tips here for you to learn from.

Barbara also shared with us her latest venture. She and a business partner are involved in Carolina Center Staging, a new company to assist  individuals who are in the process of marketing their homes. Visit their web site:

Many thanks to Barbara Drum for sharing her expertise with us on Radio 4 the Ages!

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Final Stop on the Tour… choices to be made.

Show #115


Heather Hammond, one of Radio 4 the Ages former long time weekly co-hosts joined me in studio today. Heather is now an occasional co-host as she is the Program Manager of the Parkinson Association of the Carolinas. Her responsibilities in that position don’t allow her the time to spend with us on a weekly basis.

Our topic for this show, if you can’t discern it from the title, is how to choose what you want done with your remains after your spirit and soul have departed your body. Traditional funerals, with embalming, calling hours, and interment in a casket, in a concrete vault, in the earth are on the decline. And cremations are definitely on the increase.  By 2025 it is estimated that creamations will be the choice of nearly 56% of Americans. Shockingly, more than 60,000 tons of steel and almost 5 million gallons of embalming fluid are buried along with mortal remains in the U.S. each year!

And yet, despite the topic, Heather and I managed to share some laughs along the two hours.