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Carl Honore is a Canadian journalist who is a best selling author and two time TED speaker. He’s known as “the godfather of the slow movement”. His latest book, “Bolder–Making the Most of Our Longer Lives”–challenges ageism by dismantling the myths surrounding growing older. He argues that aging can be a bonus rather than a burden. Find out more about Carl’s work: CarlHonore.info. Check out https://copenotes.com/zestful for an innovative app that supports mental health. Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at ZestfulAging.com.
Many of us are aware that the over 60 demographic is the fastest growing demographic here in the US and all over the world. We have tremendous power and influence. ThirdAct.org organizes people over the age of 60 to work on climate and racial justice. Akaya Windwood and Bill McKibben talk about their work mustering political and economic power to move Washington and Wall Street in the name of a fairer, more sustainable society and planet. Find out more: ThirdAct.org. Check out https://copenotes.com/zestful for an innovative app that supports mental health. Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at ZestfulAging.com.
Aging has its joys and challenges. One of the big challenges is the changes in our bodies–particularly if you are a woman. Most of us mourn the loss of our younger bodies. But are there ways we can think about our aging bodies differently? Meet Dr. Susan Sands, a clinical psychologist known for her trailblazing work in female development. Her new book “The Inside Story” is a radical new look at aging as a woman. Find out more here: https://www.sandsinsidestory.com/ Check out https://copenotes.com/zestful for an innovative app that supports mental health. Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at ZestfulAging.com
Susan Tweit is an award winning writer and botanist on a mission “to restore our home planet and help us be our best and kindest selves.” She volunteers at Yellowstone National Park removing invasive plant species by hand so the native plants can thrive and feed the animals that call the Park home. Her award winning books are personal and tender stories about her own challenges, including the loss of her beloved husband ten years ago to brain cancer and her own chronic disease. Find out more at SusanJTweit.com. Check out https://copenotes.com/zestful for an innovative app that supports mental health. Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at ZestfulAging.com.
At 61, writer and editor Linda Lowen has fulfilled a lifelong dream–-- she's written her first book, a travel guidebook promoting her hometown of Syracuse, NY. Even though she's been published in the New York Times and earned national recognition as a former TV and radio producer -- hosting award-winning programs on PBS and NPR stations --she says that since she's turned 50, life has become downright magical. With every year, it's only gotten better. Find out more about Linda: LindaLowen.com. Check out https://copenotes.com/zestful for an innovative app that supports mental health. Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at ZestfulAging.com.
Many of us know how painful it can be to watch a once vibrant person lose function in their mind and body. Denise Medved knows this story all too well. She lost her mother to Alzheimer’s Disease. On top of the grief she suffered, she was left wondering what the future had in store for her as she aged. Through extensive research, Denise discovered that the number one concern of people of all ages is losing cognitive function and mobility as we age. She spent years researching the relationship between physical movement and cognitive function and became an expert on aging and the brain. This led to the development of her science-informed program “Ageless Grace” which targets all parts of the brain and is actually fun to do! Find out more at AgelessGrace.com. Check out https://copenotes.com/zestful for an innovative app that supports mental health. Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at ZestfulAging.com.
We all know that being part of a community is good for our health. We deeply crave a sense of belonging, especially these days. After all, we’re mammals, and we’re designed to be with others. But what if your community also helped cut down on waste and challenged the values of our consumer culture? That would be an amazing community! Welcome to the Buy Nothing Project. The Buy Nothing Project was founded in 2013 with the mission to build community by connecting people through hyperlocal gifting, and reducing our impact on the environment. You’d be surprised to find out what you can have for free–including chicken poop and pickle juice! Find out more at BuyNothingProject.org. Check out https://copenotes.com/zestful for an innovative app that supports mental health. Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at ZestfulAging.com.
Having grown up in a multigenerational home, aging expert Isabel Tom wants us to consider how our attitudes toward aging affect our elders. She’s passionate about helping us develop better relationships with elders, both for their sake and ours. She believes it’s a great loss for both young and old to experience life separately. A writer, speaker and educator, Isabel Tom wants to teach us the value of elders and elder care. Find out more about her at IsabelTom.com. Check out https://copenotes.com/zestful for an innovative app that supports mental health. Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at ZestfulAging.com.
Unless you are a devout minimalist you have a lot of stuff. We’re surprised how much stuff we have. Where does it all come from? But have we thought about our relationship to our things? How does it change over our life span? Why is it more complicated than just figuring out something in our closet “sparks joy”? Professor David Ekerdt has researched questions like these over his academic career. His acclaimed book, “Downsizing: Confronting Our Possessions in Later Life”, is not a how-to, but a deep dive into our relationship with our stuff, how it changes, and how it’s much harder to part with stuff than the how-to guides would have us believe. Here’s his article from the Wall Street Journal: https://www.wsj.com/articles/44-years-studying-retirement-11634913113 Check out https://copenotes.com/zestful for an innovative app that supports mental health. Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at ZestfulAging.com.
The mother of extreme climber Alex Honnold, star of the Oscar winning documentary “Free Solo”, decided to take up extreme sports in her sixties. At age 66, Deirdre Wolownick set a record of her own on El Capitan – becoming the oldest woman ever to climb that sheer rock face. A multi talented woman in her own right, she proves that determination and grit can bring you to places that you’ve never imagined and even help heal a life that was full of emotional challenges. Find out more at DiedreW.us. Check out https://copenotes.com/zestful for an innovative app that supports mental health. Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at ZestfulAging.com
Have you ever wondered who will take care of you as you age? It’s not always pleasant to think about, but the reality is that we may outlive our partners and family members. The truth is that many of us will be solo agers. So what are the choices we need to start thinking about right now to prepare for that time? Dr. Mary L. Flett is the Executive Director of the Center for Aging & Values and founder of Five Pillars of Aging Seminars. Now retired as a treating psychologist, she has turned to writing and consulting as she creates workshops and seminars to help others age better and age well. Find out more at https://drmaryflett.com/.
Carrie Luteran is a professional organizer. She talks to us about the importance of having a place for all of your important papers and instructions for when you “kick the bucket”. It’s an easy task to put off. Who wants to be reminded of their own mortality? But it’s the loving thing to do for the person who is going to be in charge of dealing with your stuff when you are no longer here. It may seem daunting at first, but doing it brings a feeling of tremendous relief. Find out more about Carrie here: PrettyNeatSolutions.com. Check out https://copenotes.com/zestful for an innovative app that supports mental health. Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at ZestfulAging.com.
Jane Adams, Ph.D., is a social psychologist who is an expert on family estrangement. Her book “When Our Grown Kids Disappoint Us” gets to the heart of the dilemma of having an adult child who has significant problems in life. Her work has been featured on Today, Good Morning America, the Oprah Winfrey Show and PBS. FInd out about Jane at JaneAdams.com. Check out https://copenotes.com/zestful for an innovative app that supports mental health. Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at ZestfulAging.com.
“Duty Free” is a documentary about a son who witnesses his mom get pushed out of her job due only to her age. As a filmmaker, he uses the opportunity to document not only her struggle, but the bucket list adventure he takes her on to reclaim her life. As she struggles to find work, he documents some of the painful realities from her past and the economic insecurity soon to shape not only her future, but that of an entire generation. Find out more about Sian-Pierre Regis and his award winning film and the policy he and his mom are influencing here: DutyFreeFilm.com. Check out https://copenotes.com/zestful for an innovative app that supports mental health. Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at ZestfulAging.com
Deborah Voll has been an Airbnb “super host” for nine years. She’s the author of the book “The Tell-All Guide To Airbnb Hosting, Tips, and Tricks for Successful Hosting”. Deborah shares some of the lessons she has learned about herself, and tips for you to not only be a successful host but a great guest. Check out her website: DeborahVoll.com. Check out https://copenotes.com/zestful for an innovative app that supports mental health. Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at ZestfulAging.com.
Megan Weaver is a senior pet expert focused on improving the quality of life of our older dogs and cats. After running her own Canine Rehabilitation Department, Megan understands the struggles that older animals face and has created solutions and strategies to help pet owners care for their beloved pets throughout their senior journey. Megan is committed to educating pet owners about how to combine their vet’s expertise & diagnoses with easily implementable tools - at home through guides and "how to" courses. Find out more at TheSeniorPetMovement.com. Check out https://copenotes.com/zestful for an innovative app that supports mental health. Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at ZestfulAging.com.
Dami Roelse was born and raised in Holland and has traveled the world extensively, lived on different continents and studied with different spiritual teachers. Dami has learned to use her travel as an inspiration for living. Her memoir "Fly Free, a Memoir About Love, Loss and Walking the Path" takes the reader to a remote destination in Ladakh on the border with China and is sprinkled with flashbacks of her travels in Afghanistan, India and Nepal, where she met Goenka, Neem Karoli Baba and Ram Dass. Find out more at: http:// www.transformation-travel.com or https://www.facebook.com/walkingwomen50plus Check out https://copenotes.com/zestful for an innovative app that supports mental health. Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at ZestfulAging.com.
Jennifer Sobel is the creator of The Belly Dance Solution, a unique program that helps women strengthen their pelvic floor with belly dance, and Feminine Fire, a comprehensive program to learn belly dance online. Jennifer takes a holistic approach to teaching belly dance that integrates her experience as an acupuncturist and a personal trainer to create programs that help women heal in body, mind and spirit. Find out more at FeminineFireOfficial.com. Check out https://copenotes.com/zestful for an innovative app that supports mental health. Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at ZestfulAging.com.
Pam Varkony has worked on four continents as a writer and advocate covering topics from business ethics to the status of women in the developing world. She has won numerous awards and recognition for her writing and humanitarian work and has twice traveled to Afghanistan. However, the recent political events there brought all of her other projects to a halt as she focused on chronicling the stories of her Afghan friends and doing what she could to assist in their escape. Pam has been published in major U.S. newspapers and magazines and heard on National Public Radio. In 2017 she was named a Pearl S. Buck International Woman of Influence. Find out more at PamelaVarkony.com. Check out https://copenotes.com/zestful for an innovative app that supports mental health. Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at ZestfulAging.com.
Celeste Headlee is an award-winning journalist who has appeared on NPR, PBS World, PRI, CNN, BBC and other international networks. She was formerly a host at National Public Radio, anchoring shows including Tell Me More, Talk of the Nation, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. I talk with her about her new book “Speaking of Race”. Find out more at CelesteHeadlee.com. Check out https://copenotes.com/zestful for an innovative app that supports mental health. Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at ZestfulAging.com.
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