Live Well Age Well 2020 Speaker Information

Virtual Live Well Age Well Thursday, October 8 and Friday, October 9, 2020 from 10 AM to 2 PM

Aging Services in Johnson County

Johnson County Area Agency on Aging are advocates for and assist older adults in maintaining their independence and dignity through community-based services. Learn about how to access their referral line, online resources and more in the event you may need assistance or to have the knowledge to share with your neighbors, family, or those you know that are caregivers. A brief overview of the Area Agency on Aging's in-home services also covered

Presented by Stacie Tripodi and Ed Schultte

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Stacie Tripodi and Ed Schultte are both Information Specialists who do a lot of work answering questions on the AAA’s information & assistance line Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Stacie specializes in referrals for the CARE program scheduling pre-assessment screenings for individuals entering nursing homes.   Ed works on the website and gathers information for the AAA pages in the Best Times newsmagazine.  Together they gather and share information and resources for seniors in Johnson County.

Aging Information Line - (913) 715-8861

Visit the Johnson County Aging and Human Services website.

Moving Target - Tips to Avoiding Scams and Reporting

A session full of indicators to help alert you of internet scams including phone, email and card skimmers along with how to report scams. Attendees will also learn what to do if they are a victim. 

Presented by Donna Gomez

Donna Gomez, CRISC is the Security Risk and Compliance Analyst for the Johnson County Government in the Department of Technology and Innovation. Donna has been an information security awareness professional since 1999. She currently serves as leader for two local non-profit organizations: ISACA Greater Kansas City Chapter as President and is also President of the Kansas InfraGard Member Alliance and #SheLeadsTech volunteer for ISACA. Donna shares her ideas on improving security awareness and training programs as a past speaker at Interface KC, SecureWorld KC, InfraGard and ISACA.  Most recently, she completed work as a committee member of the ASIS Professional Standards Board, as a member of the drafting team developing the newly released Security Awareness Standard. She is also a member of the MS-ISAC Metrics Workgroup Subcommittee. Her passion is helping others improve their security culture and posture.

Visit the Johnson County Technology and Innovation website

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Live Cooking Demo

Let's cook and have lunch together! Find a list of ingredients & a recipe card in your event bag. Gather ingredients before the event and we'll make a delicious lunch together.

Brain Games

 Keep those neurons active and activated with a few fun brain games we'll play together.

Presented by Denise Dias

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Denise Dias (rhymes with bias) is a County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences at K-State Research and Extension – Johnson County.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics- with a specialization in Consumer Textiles from the University of Nebraska.  Denise earned a Master’s of Science Degree in Apparel Marketing from Kansas State University and a Master’s of International Business and Leadership from Friends University.  

Denise began her Kansas Extension career in 1996 in Linn County where she was Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H agent.  In 1998 she transferred to Sedgwick County and specialized in Clothing and Textiles, Housing and Indoor Environment.  Additional duties were added in 2002 to include Foods, Nutrition and Health.  In 2012, a decrease in county dollars eliminated the Clothing Program in Sedgwick County and Denise was moved into the Foods and Nutrition Program permanently. Denise has a deep understanding of numerous Extension programs in an urban setting and she is passionate about sharing her expertise with Johnson County.  

On a personal note, Denise is celebrating 24 years in Extension.  She is passionate about teaching and learning.  In her spare time she enjoys sewing, cooking and spinning fiber into yarn.  She is married, has 2 grown children, two adorable grand-daughters and 1 sassy cat named Daisy.

Visit the K-State Research and Extension website.

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Live Entertainment

Performance by Dansby Vogler

From Senior Follies - Dansby is a road warrior, working musician and performing songwriter. By the time he was 17, he had lived in 8 cities, 13 houses, and attended 10 different schools. He has friends everywhere. He loves to sing songs written by himself and others and to tell the stories behind them. 

Form his website - Dansby Vogler is a Road Warrior. By the time he was 18, he had moved 13 times, giving him a wanderlust soul and a mind-vault full of memories. By his own count, Dansby has traveled through well over 100 airports worldwide--and the locales that belong to them. He has seen things most people wouldn't--or shouldn't, and lived to tell about them.

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You Have the Power to Save Your Memory

Our memory makes us who we are; it helps us stay connected to the present and helps us hold onto our favorite parts of the past. Losing this ability is a scary part of aging and we need to do everything we can to protect it.

Maintaining Muscle Mass

Learn how to maintain muscle mass now, and well into the future, with key foods and supplements all recommended by science-based research.

Presented by Harley Herd

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Harley graduated from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science in 2016. He then went on to achieve his Master of Nutrition and Human Performance from Logan University in St. Louis, Missouri. He went on to complete his Fitness Nutrition Specialist Certification through the American Council on Exercise. He worked for over 2 years as a certified personal trainer; giving exercise, lifestyle and nutrition advice to his clients. While his athletic career did not continue after high school, he has been an avid gym-goer ever since and values exercise and nutrition as tools for a happier and healthier life. Harley transitioned from his role as a personal trainer to the Nutritional Health Coach for Natural Grocers in Shawnee, Kansas in January of 2019. In this role Harley provides free coaching sessions to customers regarding all types of health topics ranging from simple weight management techniques to supporting those with autoimmune disease. Harley teaches classes to customers as well as community members outside of the store, and he spends a lot of time continuing his nutrition education. In his free time Harley likes to spend time with his wife and new son, lift weights, do puzzles, and watch the Office.

Contact Harley by phone at (913) 631-0844

How to Stay Healthy this Winter

Even in a normal year, staying healthy all winter long can be a challenge – and this winter we have extra obstacles to consider. But there are plenty of things we can do to take control of our own health to avoid or minimize illness and to feel whole. Internist Matthew Swan, MD, FACP, will share tips for wintertime wellness during this unprecedented season, including the benefits of exercise and outdoor activity, resources for caring for mental and spiritual well-being, the importance of good health hygiene and why it's more crucial than ever to get your flu shot this year. The session will include time for your questions about how to stay well this winter and beyond.

Presented by Matthew Swan, MD, FACP

Matthew Swan, MD, FACP, is a board-certified internist at AdventHealth Medical Group Primary Care at Deer Creek. With experience in both internal medicine and oncology, Dr. Swan is uniquely qualified to provide care for patients with a wide range of health needs, from complex medical conditions to chronic disease management to routine preventive or acute care. He has worked as an internist at various hospitals from Florida to Kansas, including a previous role as a hospitalist physician and administrative leader at AdventHealth Shawnee Mission (then called Shawnee Mission Health). He also has worked as an assistant professor of medicine and in other clinical educator roles. He earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed his residency, including service as chief resident, at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver, Colorado.

Dr. Swan joined AdventHealth Medical Group in July 2020 after most recently serving as the attending physician for the inpatient oncology teaching team at a large teaching hospital. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) and a delegate of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Advent Health Primary Care Locations

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Online Library Resources

Join local librarians as they walk you through the many ways you can engage with Johnson County Library. From receiving reading and film recommendations, to learning a language, streaming movies or music, to attending conferences like WoMen & Money or the Writer's Conference. The library offers something for everyone.  Visit the Johnson County Library website.

Presented by Helen Hokanson

Helen Hokanson has worked in public libraries for over twenty years. Her passion has evolved into helping writers develop their craft, establish a writing practice, and connect with readers.

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Presented by Gregg Winsor

Gregg Winsor has worked with the Johnson County Library since 2009 and has represented the library at several nationally-known conferences such as WorldCon and BookExpoAmerica on the topic of Readers’ Advisory. His massive to-be-read pile teeters ominously on his bedside table.

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What's New at the Museum?

Join Johnson County Museum Director Mary McMurray inside the kitchen of the All Electric House for a fascinating at the refrigerator and what it can tell us about the post-World War II domestic ideal and the Cold War.  Visit the Johnson County Museum website.

Presented by Dr. Mary McMurray

Dr. Mary McMurray is the director of the Johnson County Museum. She specializes in 20th Century U.S. History and holds degrees in history from KU, UMKC, and MU. For her dissertation, Mary researched Army wife guidebooks, popular publications, and political and social movements to place families at the heart of the development of Army family policy. Prior to joining the JCPRD team, Mary served as Superintendent of Historic Sites and Outdoor Education for Jackson County Parks + Rec, education consultant for the Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, Director of Learning and Engagement at the Truman Library Institute, and Director of The White House Decision Center at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum. Mary is a native of St. Joseph, MO. She currently lives in Prairie Village with her husband Sean and their toddler (Mabel) and cavapoo (Tuna).

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Senior Living Panel

So many choices and so many decisions. Zoom in on this panel discussion to hear from local housing professionals and answer some of the most common questions they hear from those considering a change. 

Panel Presenter Doris Sarver

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Doris has been with Real Estate Equities Development since 2016. She has worked for 20 years in sales and marketing with her focus on customer service. She also has 10 years of property management experience specializing in new developments. As a marketer for a senior living community, Doris developed a passion for working with seniors. After being responsible for the completion of projects in Verona Hills (KC, MO), the Northland (KC, MO), Lawrence, KS and Olathe, KS, she now serves as Sales Director for the Midwest region. 

Contact Doris by phone at (913) 348-4800              

Panel Presenter Heather Hardy

Heather Hardy is a Licensed Realtor, Real Estate Appraiser and Certified-Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) in Kansas City, with over 12 years of experience of helping clients age within their homes. Meeting with construction and remodeling professionals, Heather consults using her skills and knowledge necessary to remodel or modify a home to meet the unique needs of the older population, disabled owners or their visitors.  This designation provides her specialty insight that enables her clients to stay in their homes safely and effectively for years to come.  Heather is available for private consults and encourages home owners to invest in their future physical needs now. In her spare time she plays tennis and pickleball and takes her tiny dog Minnie, for long walks in the Valentine neighborhood. 

Contact Heather by phone at (913) 499-9011 or email Heather 

Website Heather shared during her presentation, 

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Panel Presenter Jill Lamb

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“I joined Colonial Village almost 3 years ago when the community was under construction and since opening in November of 2018 we have filled our community with wonderful residents in all levels of living from Independent Living, Assisted Living, Long term Care, and Short Term Rehab.  I am passionate about assisting families in their search for senior living, as well as bringing attention to our wonderful community through partnerships with organizations delivering positive resources to seniors in Johnson County.

Prior to Colonial Village I was the Sales Director for Sunrise Senior Living which was a wonderful experience working with seniors in Assisted Living and Memory support.  Through these experiences working with seniors and their families, I have been regarded as a trustworthy, experienced, and knowledgeable resource for families that are looking for a wonderful community for their loved ones. 

One of the best parts about my role at Colonial Village is all the incredible friendships I form with our residents.  We really do become a big family here!  In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband and six year old daughter, hiking, cooking, and traveling.”

Contact Jill by phone at (913) 730-3700 or email Jill

Panel Presenter Judy Baxter

Judy has almost 20 years of senior living experience in her combined professional and personal experiences. Her experience started on a personal note, being a care giver and advocate for her mother-in-law, and upon realizing her passion, then embarking on her professional journey.  Judy has sales, marketing and operational experience and has a thorough understanding of senior living communities, services offered, and financial models.  Judy believes her role is to be a resource and help prospective residents and families educate themselves to make informed decisions. Judy is currently Marketing Director of Westchester Village of Lenexa. Judy balances her life enjoying time with her husband and young adult children, snuggling with her 2 dogs and volunteering in church ministries.

Contact Judy by phone at (913) 825-9920 or email Judy

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Panel Presenter Steve Kuker

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Steve Kuker has over 30 years of experience in the senior-related healthcare field.  He has operated several senior-related healthcare companies including Medicare certified home health agencies, IV therapy companies, private duty nursing companies, and medical equipment/supply companies on a local, regional, and national level.  Steve has also been an administrator of assisted living and long-term care communities as well as a Vice President of Business Development, Sales, and Marketing of a national long-term care organization.  In 2001, Steve helped his grandparents transition from their home to an assisted living community.  Through that experience Steve started Senior Care Consulting in 2002 to help other families in the same way he helped his own grandparents.

Steve also created and hosts an innovative radio program called Senior Care Live that began in July, 2013.  The mission of the program is to provide information, education, and resources for seniors and their caregivers.  A broad range of subjects are discussed including how to remain independent at home, how to choose the right senior care community, how to pay for the high cost of senior care, Elder Law and Estate Planning issues, senior related health issues, and how to care for the caregiver.  Steve delivers critical information in an entertaining and informative way.  Senior Care Live can be heard Saturday mornings at 11:00am on Talk980AM-KMBZ, an Entercom station.

Steve enjoys music performance and recording, snow skiing, water skiing, and spending time with his family.  Steve and his wife Susan have 4 children, including one daughter and identical triplet boys.  They all enjoy the companionship of their three wiener dogs Ruby, Olive, and Quincie.   Steve and his family are active in their church and live in Spring Hill, Kansas.  

Contact Steve by phone at (913) 945-2800 or visit 

Listen to Steve live on Talk980AM Saturday mornings at 11am 

Live Cooking Demo

Let's cook and have lunch together again! Find a list of ingredients & a recipe card in your event bag. Gather ingredients before the event and we'll make a delicious lunch together.

Presented by Alison Fenske

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Alison was born and raised in Huron, SD on a small farm just outside of town. She grew up the youngest of 5 kids. After graduating from high school, she completed her undergrad in Dietetics at Iowa State University in Ames, IA. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition at University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. In her free time, she enjoys getting outside to hike and bike, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

For more recipes visit or find Alison on Instagram at Gluten Free Dietician

Fitness Demonstration

Finish out this event with a rejuvenating session of light strength and stretching exercises.

Presented by Lucinda Grove

Lucinda Grove is a recent addition to the part-time staff at the Parks.  She teaches virtual and in-person chair yoga at the Meadowbrook Clubhouse.  In addition, Lucinda, certified in 2016, teaches regular yoga, Gentle Yoga, and Silver Sneakers Yoga, Classic and Circuit classes.   "I get a lot of satisfaction in helping my students to make progress in reaching their personal goals," she says. She enjoys gardening and playing guitar. Lucinda has also had a career in marketing and public relations.

Visit JCPRD 50 Plus Wellness Page website for a list of classes.

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