BYU-Idaho Radio · Chanse Powell Interview
Senior citizens can sometimes feel disconnected from the fast-paced world we’re living in. Some struggle with social media, and there are many who’ve lost friends either to time or distance, according to Chanse Powell, the owner and CEO of Senior Solutions.
Powell started a senior talent show in 2019 called Celebrate Seniors.
“We just said, ‘You know what, why don’t we try this event, we think it could be fun, and we think it could be awesome to see kind of what our senior citizens in this area are passionate about,’ and it was a great success,” he said.
This year, Celebrate Seniors will have its third year of festivities – Senior Solutions put the activity on two-year hiatus for the COVID-19 pandemic – and now it’s back with a lot for seniors and community members to participate in.
There are four categories, including hobby, talent, business or cause.
“You’ll notice just a huge variety of seniors that will have a table and they will talk about something they’re passionate about,” Powell said. “Some will sell things, some will show off things they’ve made, some will just talk about things that they’re really excited about.”
There are a lot of ways for senior citizens to get involved, and for community members to see what talents local seniors have to showcase.
“A lot of seniors we’ve talked to, they’re just so excited, and they’re like ‘Hey, can I have 20-30 flyers to tell my friends?’ Like, I didn’t even ask them, they just want to help, and they want to be involved and they’re just eager for that,” Powell said.
The Celebrate Seniors event is this Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Westbank Event Center in Idaho Falls. If you’re a senior citizen and you’re interested in showcasing a talent, booths are available: just call 208-521-2895.