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Senior Living Choices, Challenges, and Considerations!

Show #133


Barbara Drum, a long time friendof Radio 4 the Ages, and a well respected and experienced member of the senior living industry joins me again today. Barbara has been with me before and she always has great insight and worthwhile contributions to share with our audience. Sheila, our sometimes participant and executive assistant to the program was also with us. Sheila, until the recent passing of her Mom, Donna, was a member of the ‘sandwich generation’, caring  for her own young children at home while also assisting her parent with a variety of life issues.

I also shared my own heart warming story of  the Miss Avante pageant, and the Mr. Avante competition. This is the second year I have been blessed to emcee these events at Avante Nursing Home in Charlotte. The staff at Avante is most accommodating to the event participants, and the joy they have assisting their residents is evident by the smiles on their faces.

Exactly how do the staff of an Independent or Assisted Living community satisfy the divergent preferences of their residents?  Should they serve Duke’s mayonaise or Hellman’s? What brand of hot dogs?  Butter or margarine? And those choices seem inconsequential, but food is one of the big issues in senior living communites. So, if you’re interested in learning more about Assisted Living options, the pay scale for CNA’S (certified nursing assistants), and  the challenges faced by staff and residents, and even the history of Assisted Living, then this edition of Radio 4 the Ages is here for you.

Thanks for listening, and for being a part of my journey with Radio 4 the Ages. And tell a friend!!


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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!