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PI, partners to host Adventures in Aging event

Angelyn Frankenberg
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In September, Judson Haims, who writes about issues in aging for the Post Independent and Vail Daily, dropped by our office to talk to our editor about producing a Garfield County symposium on aging. Haims, who owns Visiting Angels Home Care whose territory includes Garfield County, previously collaborated with the Vail Valley Chamber of Commerce to produce a symposium and was interested in staging a similar event in Garfield County where it could reach a wider audience.

Because of my Successful Aging column, Editor Randy Essex introduced the two of us, showed us to the conference room and said, “do this.”

After two meetings and lots of phone calls and emails, we are announcing Adventures in Aging, which will be Saturday, March 5, at the Third Street Center in Carbondale.

Larry Wolk, executive director and chief medical officer for the Colorado Department of Public Health, will be the keynote speaker for Adventures in Aging. The event will address practical questions and policy issues we all must face, many of which can be scary, but will focus on the positive: what individuals, families and communities can do to make aging an adventure rather than a downhill slide.

Sponsored by The Post Independent, Visiting Angels, Garfield County and Valley View Hospital, the event will feature large group sessions in the morning and afternoon breakout sessions that will offer choices to participants. Many of the presenters are regular contributors to the Post Independent.

Adventures in Aging is geared toward people 45 and up (all the way up!) but is open to all ages. It is never too early to start planning, and some sessions will be of particular interest to adults whose parents are in their 70s or 80s.

Among the presenters:

• Basalt financial adviser and Post Independent columnist Danielle Howard will present a session following Wolk’s talk. Howard is a certified financial planner who helps people take logical steps to reach financial security but focuses first on developing plans with her clients that reflect what is important to them at the deepest level. She emphasizes financial education and paying attention — “being accountable to where your money is” — but also helps clients develop healthy relationships with money, which is vital to experiencing five key life elements described in well-being theory: positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning and accomplishment. Reach Howard at http://www.WealthByDesign4U.com or 970-927-3909.

• Greg Feinsinger, M.D. — Feinsinger retired in February after 41 years in practice with Glenwood Medical Associates. As a family physician, he had seen many second-generation patients develop the same chronic, life and quality-of-life limiting conditions he had treated in their parents and wanted his practice to focus on prevention. He started the Heart Attack, Stroke and Diabetes Prevention Center at GMA in 2002 and began studying nutrition, which is still only a small part of formal medical training.

Over the next several years, Feinsinger recommended different diets to his patients but found none of them really worked over the long term. Things changed when he discovered Caldwell Esselstyn’s research on whole foods, plant-based diet. Feinsinger tried a vegan diet himself in 2013. When improvements in cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure allowed him to eliminate or reduce his long-term medications, he began recommending a vegan lifestyle to his patients.

Feinsinger now offers free 1-hour consultations about prevention and treatment of disease through nutrition. Call 970-379-5718 for an appointment.

• Haims will present a session on difficult conversations about aging. Whether adult children are trying to bring up topics such as health, finances and housing with aging parents, or parents are trying to broach sensitive topics with their adult children, either side can get lost in denial and procrastination. Haims will offer valuable advice about avoiding the role reversal mindset — children becoming the parents — and approaching these difficult conversations with mutual respect. Reach Haims at http://www.visitingangels.com or 970-328-5526.

• Sandro Torres, owner of Custom Body Fitness in Carbondale, will present a lively session on exercise and weight management in middle age and beyond. Besides talking about and demonstrating some exercise principles, he will cover the topic of motivation. Torres works with clients ages 16-72 at his gym and knows how important motivation is to staying fit, especially as we get older. But he goes beyond simply telling people to “get motivated!” by helping clients people find their own inner motivation, what will keep them going. Reach him at http://custombodyfitnessllc.com or 970-366-6084.

Adventures in Aging will also offer sessions on brain health and volunteerism. Stay tuned to the Post Independent for more details and registration information. Or you can contact me now: afrankenberg@postindependent.com or 970-384-9102.

Angelyn Frankenberg is a wellness coach and writer living in Carbondale. Her interests are eclectic: She has a master’s in physical education and an undergraduate degree in music.

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