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Archive for March 2014

Lyndall and Richard

Moving Through Loss with Hope, Love, and Memories

Show #123


Richard Solar and Lyndall Hare, a self described ‘gypsy gerontologist’ join me on this very special program. Lyndall is an Eldercare Coach and an Aging Consultant. She is affiliated with The Respite, A Centre for Grief and Hope, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Richard Solar lost his spouse of 50 years just four months ago, and he graciously agreed to share his thoughts on the loss and recovery process that he is going through. Our hope is that Richard’s sharing of his experience may bring comfort to others who are or will someday be going through a similar experience.

Lyndall brings many years of her experiences working and assisting others with life issues to the program, and she offers her words of wisdom for Richard. This program exemplifies the mission of Radio 4 the Ages, to wit, “…to improve the quality of life of our senior adults by facilitating their ability to stay informed, involved, active and listened to.”

I’d appreciate hearing your reaction to this show, and others we have done, and if you would like to be a guest on one of my shows, please reach out to me.

Thanks for listening and for being a part of my journey through this experience.



Aging in Your Home and Community: Livability and Visitability

Show #122


Carolyn Cook, Kelly Markiewitz and Rob Murray filled up the Radio 4 the Ages studio today to discuss a topic that is on the minds of many folks over the age of 50. To wit, “…how to be able to stay in my  home and community as I age…”. It’s hard to look into the future and predict not only what we will look like, but more importantly, what our capabilities will be for remaining independent, both in our homes and in our communities. This includes not only home modifications, especially in the two most vital rooms in the home (kitchen and bath) but also the community in which we live. This includes sidewalks, transportation , safety, etc.

Carolyn Cook (Live Smart Design – Universal Design and Aging in Place), Kelly Markiewitz (Wise Transitions, and a licensed physical therapist), and Rob Murray, VIM products and Level Entry Shower System) offer their insights, expertise, and information on a variety of strategies and available products to enable you to function well into advanced age independently in your own home should you choose that path.

I mentioned a new project coming out of the John Hopkin’s School of Nursing that warrants some investigation as well. It’s ‘handle’ is CAPABLE – Community Aging in Place-Advancing Better Living for Elders. CAPABLE is a client centered home based intervention to increase mobility, functionality, and capacity to ‘age in place’ for low income older adults.

If you’re interested in the latest thought on aging in place (in the home) and products available, then this show is a great resource. Many thanks to Carolyn, Kelly and Rob for their passion and participation in Radio 4 the Ages!


Heather and pals

Heather Hammond and friends- Parkinson Association of the Carolinas

Show #121


Heather Hammond, Program Manager of the Parkinson Association of the Carolinas fills in for David today. Heather is not a first timer to Radio 4 the Ages, as she was a co host on the show for two years in the early days. Thanks to Heather and her guests, Jeff and Patti, for providing another fine show for our listeners.


Steve and Lenka Romeo

Stephen Romeo, Attorney and J.A.G. Afghan Vet

Show #120


Stephen Romeo and his bride Lenka were my guests this morning on Radio 4 the Ages. Steve was a J.A.G. for the Army, stationed in Afghanistan. Steve shares some insights into the duty of a Judge Advocate General in the Army, and his experiences in a war zone.

We also dealt with elder law in Steve’s practice and the various financial elder abuse schemes that are out in the market. The conversations between the senior adult and their adult children is key to the process, and Steve is adept at coordinating the best outcome for all involved and bringing the parties together. You’ll also hear some great insight into health care power of attorney issues, scope of treatment forms and wishes, living wills, etc. Medicaid and transfer penalties, long term care and the expense involved, and a multitude of relevant topics are covered in this most informative show, that you absolutely should listen to if you are interested in assisting Mom or Dad or yourself, plan for end of life issues.

Lenka, from the Czech Republic, said some nice things about me and my show in her native language…I think. Since I don’t speak Czech, I’m trusting that Lenka was being kind with her words, and not comparing me to the hind quarters of a donkey!

Enjoy! -david


john hill

“…Brought to you by Parts A, B, C, D…”

Show #119


Frankly, whenever I think about Medicare, and it’s getting to be more often lately as I approach my 65th, I do think of Sesame Street and the ‘brought to you by’ letters.

I have attended several seminars on Medicare in the past, and admittedly, I was still a bit confused as to how it all works; and do I really need all the letters? You know how some folks are really good at math or science, and at the same time, maybe not so adept at grammar and composition? Well, I’m a fairly bright guy, or at least that what the IQ tests indicate, but for some reason Medicare has been as challenging for me to get as trigonometry.

Well, that’s all old news now! John Hill was my guest on this latest leg of my journey with Radio 4 the Ages. John is in the insurance sales business; one of those folks who everyone should be talking to but many avoid? You know, like if you don’t talk to the insurance sales person, or at least if you don’t buy life insurance, then you’ll live forever. Anyway, John has a wonderful knowledge of Medicare and all of its’ parts. And on this show, John explained it all to me just like I was a four year old; which means simply and slowly, and even repetitively at times. John is also involved in assisting folks of all ages to procure prescription medications for free, and he talks about the web site on this show.

After spending an interesting two hours with John, I now understand Medicare, which I’ll be signing up for later this year. Or at least I understand  it enough to get started with it. And I know that I can call my  friend John Hill if I have questions. And you can too! John’s number in South Carolina is 803-517-3838.

Thanks for continuing to be a part of my mission with Radio 4 the Ages!