‘Senior Perspectives’ to debut | AspenTimes.com

‘Senior Perspectives’ to debut

Aspen Times Staff

Starting this week, Pitkin County’s older set can tune into a TV show by seniors, for seniors.”Senior Perspectives” will make its debut on GrassRoots TV on Thursday at 9:30 p.m. That will be its regular time slot for a year’s worth of weekly programs that its producer hopes will provide a valleywide voice for the wide-ranging news and views of seniors.”We have so many seniors who are extraordinary – they really aren’t being heard,” said Vitashka Kirshen, an active member of the Aspen senior community and producer of the show.Kris Marsh, executive director of the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation and former host of the station’s program, “Together We Can Make a Difference,” will host/moderate the show.”Subjects discussed and debated on ‘Senior Perspectives’ will be as diverse as the rich cultural, social, business and political experiences of the valley’s very active and diverse senior population,” Marsh said in a prepared statement.The Pitkin County Senior Council will underwrite the programming for a year; each show will be rebroadcast four times during the week, according to Kirshen, a council board member.In addition, seniors will have an opportunity to work behind the scenes – including learning to operate the camera equipment at the GrassRoots studio, she said.Guests for the opening broadcast include: Mary Barbour, program coordinator for the Pitkin County Senior Center, who will preview plans for the 14th annual Senior Benefit Golf Tournament on Sept. 9 and highlight services and programs at the center. Guests Dr. Harold Whitcomb, vice chairman of the Senior Council, and Bill Tuite, a former county commissioner and council member, will discuss plans for the expansion of health and other services to seniors under the council’s 10-year strategic plan.The local senior population will provide a growing audience for the program, according to Barbour.”There are so many active seniors and people who should be interested in stuff like this,” she said.Year 2000 state census data indicated the county’s population of 60-plus residents numbered 1,607 – up 83 percent from 1990.

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