Live from First Choice Medical in downtown Matthews, NC! I was honored to help kick off the Charlotte – Mecklenburg Senior Games at Stumptown Park and say a few words while introducing the Matthews Mayor, Jim Taylor. Then I jogged (not) up the street to First Choice Medical. They are a Gold Sponsor of the games, and our host for the first live show we’ve done in Matthews.
Owner David Warren spent several minutes with us explaining the wide variety of products they offer and their personalized service. They care about each person they serve, and they’re great community partners. Jay Buinicky and Frank Forsythe of First Choice Medical were also on hand, along with David Warren’s lovely bride, Patsy.
Mayor Jim Taylor spent 20 minutes on air with us, and I have to tell you, he struck me as a genuinely great guy who loves the Matthews community that he lives in. And you’ll notice when you listen that he also has a well developed sense of humor! Heather Rahrig , the director of Carepoint, Inc. was on air with us, and she even got her daughter Brooke to give the old “we’ll be right back” going out to a break. Sharon Albright of the Animal Adoption League spent some time discussing the plight of homeless older cats, and how they make great pets for older folks.
And finally, we had many visitors stop by to share in the excitement! Heather Hammond (Radio 4 the Ages occasional co-host) and member of the Parkinson Association of the Carolinas team was there, along with Debi Lee of the Centralina Area Agency on Aging, Katie Myers of Transition with Care, and Ann Marie Obrikat, a senior care specialist in the area.
A fabulous time…a great show…lots of energy and excitement! And a special thanks to David Warren, the owner of First Choice Medical for his continued support of our mission at Radio 4 the Ages!
This weekend on Radio 4 the Ages we welcomed back Bill Sweezy and Lynda Kuehne (both from All About Seniors Magazine) as well as Debi Lee from the Centralina Area Agency on Aging. We talk about the importance of receiving good, factual, and timely information about caregiving as well as some tips on where to go for that information so that caregivers can make better decisions. We talk about All About Seniors and the value it provides to the community by being a comprehensive senior resource guide. We talk with a caller about the benefit of employers providing benefits and services to relieve stress and caregiving for those employees who may be caregivers. We also hear a quick breakdown of the Medicare parts from Debi Lee and a few things to be aware of when choosing Medicare options. To learn more, tune in!
- Centralina Area Agency on Aging
- Catawba Area Agency on Aging
- All About Seniors
This Sunday we welcomed to the show Debi Lee (Elder Rights Coordinator at the Centralina Area Agency on Aging), Sargeant Walt Bowling (Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department – Financial Crimes Unit & Cyber Crime Unit), and Ken Sigmon (Supervisor at Adult Protective Services). We speak with them about the different types of elder abuse and who to call if you think an adult may in need of these services. We also learn of several ways to reduce the risk of elder abuse by, in some cases, just getting the family together and talking about the subject. World Elder Abuse Day, June 15th, is a wonderful opportunity to have this talk among your family. We here at Radio 4 the Ages were honored to have such great guests on our show and hope to bring our listeners valueable information on a topic that can such large impact on the lives of our loved ones. Tune in to learn more!
- Debi L. Lee
Elder Rights Coordinator
Centralina Area Agency on Aging
- Sargeant Walter Bowling
Computer Forensic/Cyber Crimes Unit
Financial Crimes Unit
North Carolina Senior Fraud Task Force
Mecklenburg County Consumer Fraud Task Force
Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department
- Ken Sigmon
Supervisor, Adult Protective Services
Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services
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- Department of Social Services
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Joining the Radio 4 the Ages team this Sunday were Debora Sparks (Council on Aging), Ann Marie Obrikat (Council on Aging), and Katie Kutcher (Centralina Area Agency on Aging, Charlotte Mecklenburg Aging Coalition) to talk about their organization. We learn about the history of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Council on Aging as well as what they do. All of us here at Radio 4 the Ages were really surprised to learn about all the important and interesting work the Council on Aging does to improve the lives of senior adults and baby boomers in the Charlotte region. They explained how they work with elected government officials and seniors to provide a platform for better communication in the community, as well as some wonderful research to help the county plan for the coming wave of an aging population including baby boomers, seniors, and retirees. If you want to learn more about the Council on Aging, tune in, call in, and get involved!
- Debora Sparks
Executive Direct, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Council on Aging
- Ann Marie Obrikat
- Katie Kutcher
Aging Specialist, Centralina Area Agency on Aging
Co-Chair of Advocacy Committee of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Aging Coalition