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Successful Aging- NORCS- Villlages- Focus Group Findings

Show #126


The world sometimes aligns to put people together for the betterment of all, and that’s how I feel about my meeting with my guest today, Elyse Hamilton-Childres! It was at an AARP Summit in Charlotte last November- Making a More Livable Mecklenburg- that I first met Elyse. Since then, Elyse conducted a focus group with the leadership team from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Aging Coalition (as well as numerous other focus groups in the area). I came to see her passion for ferreting out older adults wants and needs for a better quality of life and decided to invite her to join me in studio to discuss her findings. Elyse is an MSW candidate at UNC Chapel Hill, and is a research Intern under the auspices of the Urban Institute at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

I invite you to listen, and learn what is actually going on in the lives of our current older adults, and the opinions of those who participated in the focus groups. And if the term NORC, and the concept of Villages for older adults are foreign to you, then this will most certainly be educational as well.

-thnx, david


Senior Living Communities- Selection, Staffing, Operations, Licensing, Careers, and more!

Show #125


Stacy Carter, Executive Director of  Waltonwood Providence,  Jamie Jollie, Executive Director of Elmcroft on Little Avenue, and Christine Szalony, a past ED and memory care consultant, all joined me in studio for this program. Here’s your chance to learn what to look and listen for when you visit senior living communities in search of just the right environment for your loved one. And, when is in-home care enough? When is it time to look for a residential care community? What does it cost for care in an independent living, assisted living, and memory care community?

They covered a wide swath of issues surrounding selecting communities, and the importance of being proactive rather than reactive when it comes to finding an appropriate community for Mom or Dad. “Emergency admits” to assisted and memory care communities are the last resort, and the least effective in matching resident to services provided.

The communication between family and caregivers is vitally important,and you will hear that emphasized in this most valuable and informative program. Addtionally, if you want to be an Executive Director, this program will give you an idea as to the process and the commitment involved. The number one challenge for administrators appears to be staffing; finding the best staff to work in what can be a most demanding occupation.

Listening to these three individuals is both enlightening and insightful. You will learn some great tips to assist you with your desire to successfully age, and better prepare you in your efforts to find the right place for your loved one to reside when the need arises.

Thanks for listening, and for being part of my journey.





Show #72: Westminster Towers

Show #72: Westminster Towers

Jason Basile, the Business Development Director from Westminster Towers in Rock Hill, SC was my guest host today. Frank Forsythe, my good friend and magical ukulele player took ill just hours before his appearance with us, and fortunately Jason was able to fill in admirably! We discussed a wide variety of subjects. You’ll find conversation on the effectiveness of flu shots for the elderly, falls prevention, downsizing, non-skilled in home care, socialization, and many other interesting comments and brief discussions.

I spend the last segment discussing my *P*L*E*A*S*E initiative; an inspirational and motivational talk for adults of all ages. The acronym stands for Prayer, Laughter, Exercise, Attitude, Service, and Everyday. For more information on that, contact me directly at

-thnx, david