411 Seniors Powered by Age Podcast

Powered by Age (PBA) is a unique senior-led podcast hosted and coordinated by Charlotte Sista C Ferrell, a published author, award-winning filmmaker, poet and retired college professor. Upon observing the excited response of people from several older adult programs who joined the initial podcast creation meetings, the program began offering training that enabled all those interested to learn how to use different mics, recording platforms and settings. This fulfilled a fundamental goal of 411’s Director, Leslie Remund – that the podcast program would enable transfer of technology to older adults and help them address the digital divide.

PBA podcast episodes tackle issues and topics pertinent to older adults in a complex, multi-dimensional, inter-generational society. Unlike typical podcasts with a single interviewer/host, our format invites and enables interested older adults to go beyond “hearing about older adult issues” to obtaining a foothold in the world of broadcast journalism. Most importantly it enables a variety of voices to be heard.

Powered by Age (PBA) gives a voice and opportunity for a diverse population of older adults to raise questions, clarify issues, celebrate their heritage, and share their vast reservoir of experience toward the goal of creating age-friendly cities.


As a CJSF radio show host, Charlotte enlisted help from the station’s Public Affairs Coordinator, Jesse Wentzloff and Programming Coordinator, Robin Eriksson to provide additional training and recording assistance for PBA older adults who wanted to record their Stories, Poetry, Interviews or Novelties (S.P.I.N.'s). This is a novel feature among older adult podcasts.

PBA Podcast creation meetings

To learn about 411’s PBA podcast creation meetings, visit HERE.

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  • S4 E13 - Transitioning Into July July 1, 2022
    Our 113th Zoomcast (June 30, 2022); Guest hosted by Jesse Wentzloff. Today’s host, CJSF Public Affairs Coordinator Jesse Wentzloff, invites Nansey Sinclaire to introduce her daughter, Vancouver Island University fine arts student Christine Battye. We watch and discuss a video of the exhibition Art Action Arising, a compilation of works from the Qualicum Beach Art […]
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  • S4E12 - A Smooth Summer Solstice June 23, 2022
    Our 111th Zoomcast (June 23, 2022); Our host #CharlotteSistaCFerrell announces the launch of her video poem Choose to Challenge. Neall Ryon reads an article an extract from Letters from an American by Heather Cox Richardson about the chaotic history of Juneteenth. Read at heathercoxrichardson.substack.com Lesley Hebert reads the poem Bed in Summer by RL Stevenson […]
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  • S4E9 - Celebrating the Best of PBA, Volume 2 June 2, 2022
    Our 108th Zoomcast (June 2, 2022); Revisit more of the best moments of the Powered By Age Podcast, featuring some of our favourite guests: Shibani Gokhele, Doretta Lau, and Hassan Aj Konter Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society; The Government of Canada: New Horizons Grant; and G & F Financial.
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  • S4E8 - Celebrating the Best of PBA, Volume 1 May 26, 2022
    Our 108th Zoomcast (May 26, 2022); Revisit some of the best moments of the Powered By Age Podcast, Featuring Zentangle and the 411 Seniors Centre Ukelele program! Sponsored by the 411 Seniors Centre Society; The Government of Canada: New Horizons Grant; and G & F Financial.
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  • S4E7 - Xicanx May 19, 2022
    Our 107th Zoomcast (May 19, 2022); Our host #CharlotteSistaCFerrell introduces Greta de Leon, Executive Director of the American Research Network and co-curator of the new feature exhibition Xicanex at the UBC Museum of Anthropology. Speaking to us from Morelos, Mexico, Greta discusses the importance of this diverse exhibition of Chicano art, poetry and stories by […]
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  • S4E6 - Celebrating Asian Heritage May 12, 2022
    Our 106th Zoomcast (May 12, 2022); Our host #CharlotteSistaCFerrell welcomes us with an overview for Asian Heritage month. We introduce ourselves with information about our backgrounds. Yoshimi tells us about growing up among other Japanese immigrants eking out a living in Canada in the 40s. She reveals the transition that occurred when a student in […]
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  • S4E5 - Celebrating Mothers' Day May 5, 2022
    Our 105th Zoomcast (May 5, 2022); Our host #CharlotteSistaCFerrell welcomes us to CJSF Radio listener appreciation week and announces we will be honoring Mothers Day with special a special presentation and poetry. Regarding Mother’s Day, STAR Elder and story keeper Kendra Crowell shares her perspective on Indigenous People’s world view of the earth as our […]
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  • Are we Old Enough? Relationships and Sexual Intimacy April 28, 2022
    Our 104th Zoomcast (April 28, 2022); Our host #CharlotteSistaCFerrell introduces #CherylGuidry, a nurse practitioner, relationship coach and founder of https://www.safedatingover50.com/. Cheryl discusses types of intimacy and answers numerous questions. She stresses the importance of feeling comfortable with our aging bodies and talking about intimacy. We discuss the benefits of touch; the impact of the Covid […]
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  • S4 E3 - Poems of Intimacy 2 April 21, 2022
    Our 103rd Zoomcast (April 21, 2022); Our host #CharlotteSistaCFerrell announces our continued celebration of National Poetry Month and invites Lesley Hebert to read her poem Inner Child. In response, Neall Ryon reads Talk to the Child from his book From the Other Side. Yoshimi reads her poem Blood Lines and tells us about the mentoring […]
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  • S4 E2 - Poems of Intimacy April 14, 2022
    Our 102nd Zoomcast (April 14, 2022); Our host #CharlotteSistaCFerrell extends thanks and positive thoughts with her poem, Thank You for Being Wonderfully You, then invites us to continue our celebration of International Poetry Month #SpeakingOfIntimacy, by sharing poems with each other. Dr. Ramona Srinivasen reads her haiku Two Graceful Seagulls. Jeannie Kamins recites Lewis Carroll’s […]
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411 Seniors Centre Society

3502 Fraser St, Vancouver, BC V5V 4C5

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