So this morning I found myself flying solo again, at least for half of the two hour time slot. I’m always grateful when I have an interesting guest join me in studio or call in to share their insights on life and successful aging. However, there are times, especially during the summer months (aka vacation time), and throughout the Christmas holiday season when it is more challenging to secure a guest who has the time to share a mic with me. I enjoy doing shows alone, although with my ‘board op’ just an arm’s length away, I’m never lonely. Gratitude is such a vital aspect to successful living; and if you’re living, you are aging.
Steven Stone, the Operations Manager at OTS Media (WRHI) joined me for a good portion of this edition. Steven is a veteran radio personality, with immense talent and a total understanding of what constitutes good radio. Steven and I waxed on a variety of topics, and I always enjoy the time that he and I share on Radio 4 the Ages; and I hope that you do too!
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!!
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.