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Show #86: Young Onset Alzheimer’s Disease

Show #86: 



Sylvia Fiano, one of the most courageous people that I have the pleasure of calling a friend, was my guest this morning. Sylvia was diagnosed with Young Onset Alzheimer’s Disease at the age of 49. She was an RN working on a hospital floor when she noticed that things were not quite right. Sylvia took herself off of floor duty, and after her diagnosis, retired. However, she has not suffered in silence. Sylvia is a champion for the cause of finding a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. She paints, she fund raises, and she is a spokesperson and advocate for those living with this disease that robs those afflicted of their personhood.

Teresa Hoover, a Gerontology Masters candidate at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte joined us in studio as well. Teresa has been friends with Sylvia for years now, and Teresa is an advocate for those living with Alzheimer’s and a friend to all who love and care for our senior adults and those in need, whatever the reason.

This show is a wonderful first person account of life as an Alzheimer’s Disease individual; the early signs, the worry and fear, and the courage to live life to the fullest. Sit back, listen , and enjoy the wonderful continuing story of my good friend, Sylvia Fiano.

Contact Sylvia Fiano at

-thnx, david

Radio 4 the Ages - 11-27-11 - David Gwilt, Matt Weeden, Heather Redding, Josephine Hicks, Lynssy Logue, Marilyn Morenz, Laura Fitzpatrick

Show #10: Life, Cancer, and Hospice

Show #10:  Life, Cancer, and Hospice

We come back from our Thanksgiving holiday to a show that hits close to home for so many people: cancer.  In our first segment, we’re joined in studio by authors Lynnsy Logue (Tongue Cancer and My Organic Cotton Socks) and Josephine Hicks (If There’s Anything I Can Do…What You Can Do When Serious Illness Strikes).  We dive into the subject of cancer from two perspectives.  One from Lynnsy Logue, and another from our guest Josephine Hicks who lost a partner to pancreatic cancer.  Krissa Palmer gives us another great segment of her Senior Moments before we transition to our second half of the show with Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region guests Marilyn Morenz and Laura Fitzpatrick.





  • Marilyn MorenzRN, BSN, CHPN
    • Education & Resource Manager
    • Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region
    • (704) 335-3579


  • Laura FitzpatrickLNHA
    • Administrator
    • Hospice & Palliate Care Charlotte Region
    • (704) 887-6302


Radio 4 the Ages - Matt Weeden, David Gwilt, Rampi Hijazin, Heather Redding, Lynn Ivey, Marsha McElroy, Dawn Gartman

Show #8: Taking the first steps…

Show #8: Taking the first steps… (click play to listen)


Another Sunday morning, another packed studio, and another great broadcast of Radio 4 the Ages.  Joining along David, Matt, and Heather in the studio today were Marsha McElroy (from the Department of Social Services in Charlotte), Dawn Gartman (from Centralina Area Agency on Aging), Lynn Ivey (of The Ivey), and Rampi Hijazin (of BrightStar).  David gives us his “dysfunctional discourse” this week on the Penn State scandal.  We talk with Marsha and Dawn about services available to senior adults in need of services, the impact a large aging generation will have on those services, and how important it is to plan for the challenges of aging.  We then speak with Lynn Ivey and Rampi Hijazin about the differences between adult day-care and homecare, as well as how both of their services compliment each other to lead to a better quality of life for caregivers and senior-adults.



  • Lynn Ivey
    • The Ivey
    • Office: 704 909-2070
    • Fax: 704 909-2089
    • 6030 Park South Dr
    • Charlotte, NC 28210




  • Marsha McElroy
    • Department of Social Services Charlotte
    • (704) 336-4873

Senior Moments #3: Taking Care of Benny

Senior Moments #3 (click play to listen)

In Krissa Palmer’s third Senior Moments piece, she interviews Rosemary Belcher as she gives us a personal account of the transition and life changes that go along with taking care of an aging parent.