Dr. Julian Montoro-Rodriguez is the new director of the Gerontology Program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Our conversation this morning included the aging process in general, the life course of aging, and the Baby Boomer generation. Dr. Montoro-Rodriguez explores the challenges inherent in the tsunami of newly minted 65 year olds, including hunger, housing, and health care. Much time was spent on evidence based programs under development for support networks for grandmothers who are raising their grandchildren. UNC Charlotte is instrumental in developing programs along these lines. Dr. Rodriguez also discussed the reality that Charlotte-Mecklenburg is a young community and getting younger. So there is a challenge to eliminate barriers, physical as well as social, that might prohibit older adults from fully integrating into the community at large. We don’t want to isolate our senior adults. Mixed age and life cycle stage neighborhoods are much preferable to ‘age exclusive’ or ‘age predominant’ neighborhoods.
Children who live in poverty, homelessness and food insecurity put Charlotte-Mecklenburg and North Carolina near the top of this list in failing our children with the most basic needs. So one of Dr. Rodgiguez’s focus points is to address the needs of children, and in doing so, will also benefit our older population. The website is gerontology.uncc.edu. There is a strong message here as well about personal responsibility as we age. Government is not going to be the solution to many of our issues as we age, nor are they going to provide dollars to support the myriad of programs that we might like to have. So everyone needs to take responsibility to build a support organization of their own, and to be a part of that same organization to provide care and services for others in that group.
This Sunday, the Radio 4 the Ages team was pleased to have guests Larry Dawalt (from Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region) and John Lincourt (specializing in Biomedical Ethics and Philosophy). This show was dedicated entirely to discussing “aging with dignity”. We discuss, in depth, what it means to have dignity later on in life and even discover that there is more than just one type of dignity. We also learn some helpful information about how to better care for our aging loved ones and to be more aware of treating them with dignity. If you or a loved one have been wondering about how to age with dignity, this is the show for you! We hope our show will shed light on a topic that almost everyone will be presented with at some point in their life. Stay Informed, Involved, Active, and Listened To.
Larry Dawalt, M. Div
Senior Director of Spiritual & Grief Care Services
Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region
In our first live show in 2012, the Radio 4 the Ages team gives us a topic-packed show. We focus primarily on New Years resolutions such as losing weight, quitting smoking, cutting down on plaid flannel shirts, and generally living healthier. We talk about how so many New Years resolutions go unfulfilled throughout the year and what small things we can do to help increase our chances of success. We also try to get across the point that “success” can be described as improvement, not perfection. David does his weekly dysfunctional discourse on child homelessness in the U.S., and we give a brief overview of our exciting upcoming shows. We also want to thank all of our listeners for their support. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to bring this truly unique live, talk radio show every Sunday morning. We hope you have as much fun listening to our show as we do making it!
In this Sunday’s show we speak with Denise Bordeman and Julia Sain (both of Disability & Rights) about the resources available to seniors, as well as people of all ages, who may have disabilities or their family members. David talks about health insurance and how the lack of price-transparency can impact decisions individuals make in regards to their own healthcare in his weekly “dysfunctional discourse”. We then speak with Brian Carney (of Silver Cross), Rick Griffiths (from AmRamp), and Carolyn Cook (of LiveSmart Design) about home modifications, how important home accessibility is to a senior-adults well-being, and what options may be available to them.
- Denise Bordeman
- Assistant Services Manager
- Julia Sain
- Executive Director
- Cabarrus Accessibility Action Committee (CAAC)
- MCACPD Communication Access Committee
- Brian Carney
- Silver Cross Charlotte
- (704) 521-1115
- Rick Griffiths
- (704) 528-6209
- Carolyn Cook
- Owner, LiveSmart Design
- Charlotte, NC
- (980) 213-1911
- Disability & Rights
- (704) 357-0550
- “Cultivating Accessible Agriculture”
In this, our third broadcast, the Radio 4 the Ages™ team (David Gwilt, Matt Weeden, and Jeanette Leardi) discuss the age-old question of “What is old?”. We look at the question from several different perspectives and even take a few calls from our listeners. Jeanette also gives us some informative commentary on the different types of aging. Matt features inventor and innovator Stanley Mason. David gives us a bit of “discourse” about his experience with AARP, and Krissa Palmer gives us another great Senior Moments piece that’s sure to put a smile on your face and maybe even inspire a few more Google users. Give it a listen, and as usual…
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