This morning, Sheila joined me in the studio to share thoughts on a variety of topics. And Emily Garcia was on the sound board and joined in as well. We started out with a brief history of Radio 4 the Ages mission and purpose. We followed that with a conversation about social media, fb specifically, and how that can be a great asset to helping relatives stay connected. However, Sheila wants to live on in the ‘mind’s eye’ of her former classmates in her designer jeans with her youthful countenance! We moved from social media to a discussion of family ties, and the challenges of getting along with those blood relations- at times.
Retirement, or the fantasy of retirement, was another topic we tackled today. A great many older adults have found that their plans to retire, without working, have been drastically changed due to the recession and a variety or other challenges in life.
Then we segued into adult children’s obligation to care for their aging parents. China has gone so far as to make it a law requiring children to provide for the physical and emotional needs of their parents.
Today’s show focused on care giving for individuals who are dealing with the challenges of living with Alzheimer’s Disease. Often times, the caregivers’ health suffers from neglecting their own care, and they may end up hospitalized or unable to care for their loved one.
We had a couple of calls from participants in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Symphony Park in Charlotte, NC. There is lots of useful information in this show, and a wonderful call from a listener named Betty. Betty shared with us, very poignantly, her struggle caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. I could not have asked for a better caller, and a more inspiring story of love, faith, and selfless care for another.
Enjoy this entry on caregiving, and the challenges of doing so for individuals who live with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Today I let my mind wander into several different areas, from the joy of a hot shower, to the refreshing outlook of Pope Francis, to gratitude for all of our blessings, to food expiration dates, to….. Occasionally, I take to the microphone all by my lonesome, with musings on a variety of current topics in the news. I’d love to hear what you think about this change of format from my usual show with guests.
Kent Lupton of the Yadkin River Keeper organization was my sole guest this morning. Yadkin River Keeper’s mission is to respect, protect, and improve the Yadkin Pee Dee River Basin through education, advocacy and action. Proper disposal of prescription medicines has always been problematic. However, with our aging population living ever longer, and with our medical practitioners often favoring pills over other alternatives for improved health, the problem is exacerbated. The average older adult takes upwards of ten prescription medicines daily, and when their physician changes the script, or when the individual dies, the meds are often dumped into the toilet, down the disposal, or into the landfill. And none of those methods for disposal are ultimately safe for our lands and water table.
So listen to Kent, and take steps to properly dispose of old and no longer needed prescription medicines. Knowledge is power, and we can all do our part for a healthier planet. After all, it’s the one we’ve landed on this time around!
This was one of my ‘local flavor’ shows that I like to mix in with the shows covering topics of serious concern to all of our aging citizens (all of us who are on the green side of God’s good earth). Sallie is the president of the museum guild.
We covered the many benefits of staying involved in life through volunteering once the 9-5 work day is over. In today’s economy, so many folks are involuntarily ‘retired’, and often they can find employment through volunteering. Peggy and Sallie both have interesting stories on their paths to York County and why they are involved in the York County Museum, and the benefits they receive from their participation in making the museum a great place to visit.
If you’d like to get involved in volunteering at the York County Museum, call my friend Windy Cole, the Volunteer Resource Manager for the Culture and Heritage Museums. Windy’s number is 803-909-7218.
We had no show on September 7th due to Clemson football’s pregame show. Which was fine with me, as my 64th Birthday was Friday, September 6th. Happy, Happy to me!