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Author: Nicole Christina, LCSW

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What makes life worth living as we age? How can we age with purpose, vibrance and deep satisfaction? Nicole Christina, a psychotherapist for 30 years, interviews inspiring and influential guests from a wide variety of disciplines about how they are evolving as they age, and creating their best lives ever.
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Paige Mills is the Program Director of Aceing Autism at Drumlins Tennis Club at Syracuse University. It’s a national program which helps autistic children learn social and emotional skills through tennis, the curriculum is consistent for all the sites. The USTA promotes Aceing Autism through their own clinics at the US Open. Find out more at: https://aceingautism.org/
A former New York City fashion expert, Jackie Terribile moved to Upstate New York and created a styling business that includes addressing the needs of older women. She believes that women should experiment with their style and be comfortable in their clothes. She also wants women to accept the body that they have, and appreciate their own individuality. Find out more about Jackie at SmalltownStylist.com.Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at ZestfulAging.com.
Pat Smith, AKA Action Nan, is the founder of the anti-plastic campaign “Final Straw Cornwall, UK” and owner of Bosinver Farm Cottages, where she has won many awards for being an industry leader in sustainable tourism. Pat's work in raising awareness about plastic pollution and climate change at the grand old age of 71 has resulted in international press coverage and viral online videos which have reached and inspired millions of people around the world. Find out more at http://finalstrawcornwall.co.uk/.Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at ZestfulAging.com.
Liz Vassey is a Two time Emmy nominated actor who joined the cast of "All My Children" at the age of 16, and has since appeared on twelve television shows including "CSI", "ER", and "Two and A Half Men". Her directorial debut, "The Human Race", focuses on how to maintain and even increase our health as we age, specifically through running. An inspirational documentary, she profiles 6 runners as they train for the biggest race of their lives. Watch here: https://amzn.to/2Ed0Ll5. Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at ZestfulAging.com.
Dr. Judy Butler is a Pastoral Psychotherapist who consults with, counsels and coaches Adult Children of Aging Parents, members of the “Sandwich Generation”, Caregivers, and Senior Adults interested in 2nd half and end of life planning. Her passion for working with senior adults and their adult children and caregivers grew out of her own experiences as a caregiver for her parents, congregational pastor for senior adults, and as a hospital chaplain for many years. After personally enduring the trauma, stress, and frustration of dealing with the healthcare/nursing home system she created The Guardians Gift in memory of her father, Harvey Hill who died 12/26/2018. Find out more at https://butlercounselingsolutions.com/Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at ZestfulAging.com.
Lisa Russell is an Emmy® Award-winning filmmaker who produces films and curates creative events that lie at the intersection of arts, social justice and global development. An established global speaker and thought leader, she is a two time TEDx speaker, UN -NGO contracted storyteller and arts curator, Fulbright Specialist, and is a regular presenter at film festivals, storytelling summits, leading universities, international conferences and youth leadership programs. She feels most at home filming people in challenging life situations, and documenting dignity in the most harsh conditions. Find out more about Lisa’s work at LisaRussellFilms.com.Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at ZestfulAging.com.
Bronnie Ware is the author of the international bestselling memoir, "The Top Five Regrets of the Dying", based on her experience as a palliative care nurse. The book has been translated into 32 languages and has a movie in the pipeline. Her message about living with courage and connection has resonated with millions of people. She is a true inspiration on how to live a full, rich and meaningful life. Find out more here: BronnieWare.com.Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at ZestfulAging.com.
Ann Campanella is a horsewoman and author of "Motherhood, Lost and Found". Ann moved back to North Carolina after being away from her family for several years. Ready to start a family, Ann’s experienced multiple miscarriages at the same time her mother, who lives on the opposite side of the state, began showing signs of Alzheimer’s. Her book chronicles this complicated time in her life, and highlights the importance of the healing power of animals. Find out more here: AnnCampanella.com and Alzauthors.com.Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at ZestfulAging.com.
Liz O’Donnell is the founder of Working Daughter, a community for women balancing eldercare, career, and more. An award-winning writer, she recently published her second book, "Working Daughter: A Guide to Caring for Your Aging Parents While Earning A Living". A former family caregiver, she is a recognized expert on working while caregiving and has written on the topic for many outlets including "The Atlantic", "Forbes", "TIME", WBUR and PBS’ Next Avenue and has delivered keynotes on the topic to many audiences including Harvard University, and the Women Leading Government Conference. Find out more at https://www.workingdaughter.com.Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at ZestfulAging.com.
Suzanne Falter is proof of how human beings can rise again from the most difficult circumstances. After her college aged daughter unexpectedly died, she set out to live a whole different kind of life from the high-powered, achievement-focused she had built. Instead, she began to tune into herself and learn what really gave her joy. The author of multiple self-help books including "How Much Joy Can You Stand?" and "Living Your Joy", her essays have appeared in "SELF" and "The New York Times", as well as "O Magazine". The host of the popular "Self Care for Extremely Busy Women" Podcast, Suzanne Falter inspires others to bring self care into their lives. Find out more at: SuzanneFalter.com. Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at ZestfulAging.com.
Kristin Johnson is a prize-winning poet and writer, a novelist, a ghostwriter, screenwriter and the author of "Ain't "U" Got No Manners, The Bible For Social Media”. We’re going to speak with her today about her book, and get some help navigating the confusing world of the world wide web, and social media dos and don’ts. Find out more about Kristin at Kristinjohnson.net and http://www.augnm.com/ .Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at ZestfulAging.com.
Jolene Hill wants to encourage families to have meaningful conversations about what really matters in life. Her campaign 'Life's short..so let's talk' is designed to recognize our intrinsic need to remember and celebrate our life and achievements and talk about our wishes for our future. She is passionate about the importance of creating a record of our life journey for future generations, and has created innovative conversation starter cards to kick start these discussions. More about Jolene at: www.yourlifetalks.com.
Rebroadcast for the International Day of the Girl. Since 2012, 11 October has been marked as the International Day of the Girl. The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.Melissa Berton is the Academy Award winning producer for Best Documentary Short for "Period. End of Sentence." and CEO of The Pad Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to the principle that “a period should end a sentence, not a girl’s education.” Berton is the recipient of the of the 2019 Eleanor Roosevelt Global Women’s Rights Award and works as a English teacher in Los Angeles. "Period. End of Sentence." is available on Netflix. Find out more at https://www.thepadproject.org/ .
In 1967, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to officially run what was then the all-male Boston Marathon, infuriating one of the event's directors who attempted to violently eject her. In one of the most iconic sports moments, Switzer escaped and finished the race. Still a college student at Syracuse University, she returned to class the next day as the photo of her at the Marathon circulated all over the world. Switzer is the founder of 261 Fearless, a foundation dedicated to creating opportunities for women on all fronts, as this groundbreaking sports hero has done throughout her life. Find out more at 261Fearless.org and MarathonWoman.com.Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at ZestfulAging.com.
Gillian Walnes Perry has dedicated her life to teaching peace and tolerance throughout the world. She is the Co-founder and Honorary Vice President of the Anne Frank Trust UK, which she set up in 1990 with family and friends of Mr Otto Frank, Anne Frank's father. After her retirement she wrote "The Legacy of Anne Frank". Find out more here: AnneFrank.com, The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect and read her book: "The Legacy of Anne Frank".Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at NicoleChristina.com.
What makes us truly happy throughout our lives? John Leland, columnist at The New York Times, wrote a yearlong series that became the basis for his new book: Happiness Is a Choice You Make; lessons from a year among the oldest old. The book is a NYT Book Review Editor’s Choice, and Jane Brody called it “inspired and inspiring.” Find out more at JohnLelandauthor.com.Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at NicoleChristina.com.
Stacy Feintuch was a stay at home mom with two young daughters in 2011 when her husband suddenly died from a heart attack. After a few very difficult years, she started the blog "The Widow Wears Pink" which helped her reach other widows and help them through their losses and recovery. Last year she started a website Living the Second Act with her partner Mimi Golub, which is geared towards women in their 40s and 50s who are moving towards their next chapter. Find out more at TheWidowWearsPink.com and https://livingthesecondact.com/.Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at NicoleChristina.com.
Liz Scott is a psychologist and the author of a fascinating and unusual memoir entitled, "This Never Happened". The book describes her life with two very unhappy and difficult parents who held many secrets; Liz grew up living an Anglo-Saxon life in Connecticut, complete with church picnics and horseback riding lessons. It came as quite a shock when she learned that her family actually came from a long line of Jewish ancestry. This was only one of the secrets she discovered. Read more of Liz’s writing and find out more at https://www.lizscott.org.Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at NicoleChristina.com.
Zestful Aging tours Purpose Farm, in Upstate New York, which is a unique nonprofit, hosting a free youth program for traumatized children and rescued animals. Children who have emotional trauma from abuse, neglect or being bullied, interact with animals from similar backgrounds. The Farm offers the children hope, joy, empathy and confidence. Animal mentors include horses, pigs, goats, donkeys, a variety of birds, alpacas and a camel. The bonds that form are nothing short of magical. Sheryl DiStefano is a OB/GYN PA who retired from clinical practice 7 years ago. She was introduced to Purpose Farm at a goat yoga class, which she begrudgingly attended. After class she toured the farm, and became a volunteer. She does a variety of volunteer activities, including pasture cleaning, food prep for Chris P Bacon (a pig), saleswoman at goat yoga and fundraising for the Farm. Find out more at: PurposeFarm.org.Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at NicoleChristina.com.
Melissa Berton is the Academy Award winning producer for Best Documentary Short for "Period. End of Sentence." and CEO of The Pad Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to the principle that “a period should end a sentence, not a girl’s education.” Berton is the recipient of the of the 2019 Eleanor Roosevelt Global Women’s Rights Award and works as a English teacher in Los Angeles. "Period. End of Sentence." is available on Netflix. Find out more at https://www.thepadproject.org .Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at NicoleChristina.com.
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