This show is the last live show until September 20th. We are replaying a previous show on both September 6th (my birthday) and September 13th.
This program with Gina Amato and Jessie Gwilt (my daughter) covered a variety of subjects, like I’m prone to do, but focused on college age children living with parents after the college experience is done. Zoe, Gina’s daughter who did two shows with her Mom on Radio 4 the Ages, called in to give us an update on her new job and independent living.
I started the show today with some reflections on turning the page on my 65th birthday. Then we move on to a discussion of young people graduating college, moving back home, living independently, getting a job, and starting the sometimes long and arduous task of ‘working for the Man’. Jessie reflected on her four years of college living away from home, and the maturation experience. She also shared with us her thoughts on beginning her working career. How much does the influence of good parenting in the early years impact the decision making of college age children when they are out from under the the watchful eyes of their parents.
I’m very proud of my daughter Jessie for many, many reasons. Jessie displayed a self confidence and maturity on today’s show as she expressed her thoughts on growing up in a single parent home and the importance of open communication between parents and children.
Many thanks to my daughter Jessie and my good friend Jessie for sharing their time with me this morning!
Holli Adams joins me again this morning to discuss absolutely whatever came to mind! It’s always an experience to have Holli in the studio with me. She’s a quick wit, a surefire laugh, and an engaging and somewhat sultry radio voice.
I talked about turning 65 and becoming eligible for Medicare- both events somewhat disturbing with all that’s implied by those concurrent events. We also covered the declining popularity of ‘jiggles’ (the Jello variety), the difficulty and frustration women experience in trying to find a suitable ‘mate’ after the age of 50, and many,many more topics.
This program is one fine example of talk radio that combines intelligent conversation, current topics, sociological observations, real life issues relating to aging, and Humor!
Enjoy, and thanks for listening.
My opening remarks this morning centered on depression and mental health in general. I mused on the acceptability of addiction and rehabilitation, and the ‘shame’ of mental illness. Robin William’s recent suicide sparked this commentary. We as a country have still not come to grips with the reality of mental illness as an illness, not a choice. And we should, and we need to soon. Alcoholism and drug addiction are viewed as illnesses and going for treatment is lauded. However, admitting that we suffer from clinical depression and are in need of mental health counseling and therapy is frowned on as something to keep under wraps.
Alice Watkins, (800-228-8738) Executive Director of Alzheimers North Carolina, Teresa Hoover, a dementia and Alzheimer’s educator, and Melika Mason the grand daughter of an Alzheimer’s individual join me today in studio. We discussed the mission and services of Alzheimer’s NC and the general lack of awareness of the disease process, early signs of Alzheimer’s , and the tsunami that we’re entering with the 70 million Baby Boomers entering their older years where Alzheimer’s disease is more common.
Melika discussed her grandmother’s journey into Alzheimer’s disease, how the family has involved her in the process and deision making, and dealing with the physicians who in many instances have little to no education or training with dementia.
If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or any of the many forms of dementia, then this show may be a wonderful resource for you. I hope so.
On today’s show I reflect on life’s legacies. You know, the things we leave behind. Legacies can be physical items, memories, or the impact that y0u may have had on an individual’s life. Or maybe a bit of all the above. My inspiration for this topic was the recent passing of a friend whose family had the task of sorting through the items left behind. It’s usually easier to sort through and decide what to do with basic items, like every day furniture, pots and pans, lamps from the local big box store, etc. Also easy are the items that have significant dollar value or sentimental value to the survivors, like jewelry and family heirlooms. But items that hint of a story behind them; that just might have been an item of importance to the dearly departed but are of no tangible value to the family…those are the challenges.
Emily Garcia, my frequent in studio board operator, joins me with her thoughts It’s always a bit of a challenge for a young person in their 20′s to think about life’s legacies, especially when they haven’t lost anyone and had to experience the process, but Emily brings the thoughts of a 20-something to the issue. We had a few callers with their thoughts on the topic, which are always welcome.
Lastly, I discussed the challenge of selecting which type of plan to use with Medicare. I become eligible for Medicare next month, and I have been inundated with solicitations from a variety of insurance companies. Decisions….decisions….decisions.
Thanks for listening and for being a part of my journey with Radio 4 the Ages!
This show is a follow up, a part two if you will, to a show I did on June 28th. On that show I hosted Dale Pierce, Bets McClure and Cheryl Roberge. Dale and Cheryl are with Different Roads Home, a Charlotte organization ministering to those with chronic illness, including HIV AIDS. Also, Cheryl and Bets are the founders of Aging Solutions Network, working on finding solutions to issues surrounding the aging members of the LGBT community in the Charlotte, NC area.
We covered many of the legal aspects of LGBT relationships and partners, discrimination and abuse, equality in housing, and acceptance from the agencies that serve the senior adult population.
These three women, attorneys all, are engaging, intelligent, communicative, and informative. This was one of our best efforts at Radio 4 the Ages to be of service to the aging community, both straight and LGBT, and all those who love and care for them. I would appreciate your comments and opinions, which you can leave at radio4theages.com, or write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please tell your friends about this show which is a wonderful example of three individuals who are interested in improving the lives of all in our community.
Thanks for listening and for being a part of my journey here with Radio 4 the Ages!