Senior Matters

Senior Matters hosted by Diane Johnson, spotlights seniors in the community, representatives of senior services and programs and activities of interest to seniors. Senior Matters came into being in 2006 in response to the growing need for a voice that would speak to and for seniors in the Roaring Fork Valley. The valley offers a wonderful environment to live in, grow and grow older in. Statistics have proven that physical, mental and social activity plays a significant role in extending the life span of everyone in every age group. Recent surveys show that the average age for retirement, which used to be 64, today is now 70. Trends are changing - and it is only natural for our local aging population to enjoy and active lifestyle. The Carbondale community recognizes seniors as a valuable asset and provides the opportunity to contribute and expand their talents and knowledge.

Ways to Connect

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Senior Matters returns for a live episode from the KDNK studio! This month host Diane Johnson discusses senior meal delivery with Mary Kenyon, director of Impact Marketing and founder of "Valley Meals and More."

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Diane Johnson hosts Senior Matters remotely this month and chats with Brian Zaragoza, Executive Director for Heritage Park Care Center, about what they're doing to limit risks to residents and their families and friends.

Garfield County Senior Programs manager Judy Martin joins Diane Johnson on Senior Matters to discuss the census, coronavirus, and upcoming programs and services to promote the well-being, health and independence of our senior community.

This month on Senior Matters, Diane Johnson speaks with Niki Delson of the Carbondale Age-Friendly Community Initiative and Mary Kenyon with Impact Marketing.

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This month on Senior Matters, host Diane Johnson is joined by Carbondale Police Lieutenant Christopher Wurtsmith to provide advice on identifying and avoiding phone scams.

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Renew Roaring Fork is a new senior community in Glenwood Springs designed to cater to the unique needs of its residents with assisted living and memory care. Director of Marketing Mike Hoffman and Activities Director Jenetta Howell join Diane Johnson on Express Yourself to share details.

Lift-Up

Today's guest on Senior Matter is Lift-Up Executive Director Angela Mills. Lift-Up is a local nonprofit creating a bridge to empowerment and self reliance.

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The 2019 flu season is upon us. Jenica Vander Mark, Staff Development Coordinator at Heritage Park Care Center, joins Diane Johnson to talk about staying healthy and receiving support.

Senior Matters Highlights Roaring Fork Enrichment

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Lisa Paige, Executive Director of My Community Health Foundation, shares details about Roaring Fork Enrichment, a program providing respite time for caregivers and a safe environment for people with early memory loss. Roaring Fork Enrichment has an open house on Wednesday, September 25 at the El Jebel Community Center from 1 to 4.

A Little Help Roaring Fork Valley works towards connecting neighbors, organizations and services for seniors. Diane Johnson interviews director Mary Kenyon.

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The Carbondale Age-Friendly Community Initiative (CAFCI) seeks to raise seniors' voices through an ad hoc caucus of Carbondale citizens. Founding members Nicolette Toussaint and Ron Kokish joined Diane Johnson on Senior Matters to talk about this initiative.

Ted and Sue Zislis are retired and living the good life volunteering. Diane Johnson with Senior Matters invites them to share their story of arriving to Carbondale and finding involvement through volunteering.

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This month's guest on Senior Matters is Brian Zaragoza, the new executive director at Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale. Brian shares about how Heritage Park is empowering lives and restoring independence for our senior community.

Watermelon Snow

Local author Linda Romero Criswell talks about her new book Watermelon Snow, inspired largely by Carbondale, with host Diane Johnson.

On this month's episode of Senior Matters, host Diane Johnson talks about neuroplasticity, also known as brain plasticity. It's the ability of the brain to change throughout an individual's life. Johnson is joined by representatives from NFI, or the Neuroplastic Functional Institute. Senior Matters is heard once a month of KDNK and is hosted by Diane Johnson. The program spotlights seniors in the community, representatives of senior services and programs and activities of interest to seniors. Hear past episodes here.

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On today's Senior Matters, Marti Barbour and Dia Lynn of Boost your Brain Power share about brain health and ways to preserve cognitive function.

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This month's topic on Senior Matters is CBDs with special guest John Lee of Providence Apothecary in Glenwood Springs.

The Undiscovered Country

Host Diane Johnson interviews Mike Nemeth, author of The Undiscovered Country, about the complexities of family and the indignity of again and dying in present day America.

Stephani Askew

Host Diane Johnson receives her first ever ukulele lesson with Stephani Askew, artist, educator, muscian, creative director of the Redstone Art Center and leader of the Redstone Ukeladies.

Aaron Taylor

Way of Compassion Foundation director Aaron Taylor joins Diane Johnson to talk about the Way of Compassion Bicycle Project, an educational, safe, and compassionate bicycle shop and bicycle education program for community members to learn how to build, maintain, and develop lifestyles around bicycles.

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Host Diane Johnson chats with Carbondale Trustee Lani Kitching about affordable housing options for seniors.

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Basalt mayor Jacque Whitsitt joins host Diane Johnson to talk about suicide prevention.

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For this month's show Natalie Rae gives the juicy details about this year's Dandelion Day and Jenna talks about Power Punch Parkinson's.

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Chad Federwitz, manager of Pitkin County Senior Services, joins Diane Johnson to speak about the resources available to residents of Pitkin County.

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Eric Brendlinger, Carbondale Parks & Recreation director, talks about classes, programs and events with the Community in Mind.

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Today's show features music and conversation with the Crystal River Ukuladies followed by expressions of love by the Andy Zanca Youth News Team.

Habitat for Humanity

Amy French, Volunteer Coordinator & Family Services Director at Habitat for Humanity, speaks with Host Diane Johnson about Building Homes, Building Hope, Building Community.

Rifle Animal Shelter

Diane Johnson talks about fostering pets with Denise Dion, Operations Manger for Rifle Animal Shelter, and Development Coordinator Kalli Wilson.

Diane's guests today are Debbie Boyle of Lift Up's Carbondale office and longtime volunteer Joe Markam.

Welcome back, Diane Johnson! Her guests today are Diane Darling, executive director of Roaring Fork Brain Train, and Amanda Wagner, President/CEO of My Community Health Foundation, to talk about changes to the Roaring Fork Brain Train program.

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