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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.
146 Episodes
Dr. Roger Landry is an aging specialist and author of the award winning book "Live Long, Die Short: A Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging". He’s the President of Masterpiece Living, a group of specialists in aging who partner with communities to assist them in building environments that empower older adults to maximize their unique potential. Landry’s medical experience includes being involved in a number of significant world events including: the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster, the Beirut bombing of the Marine Barracks, and the first seven Shuttle launches and the first manned balloon crossing of the Pacific. Find out more at Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
Peggy Orenstein is a New York Times best-selling author, and has been featured on "Nightline", "CBS This Morning", "The Today Show", NPR’s "Fresh Air" and "Morning Edition". For her new book “Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent and Navigating the New Masculinity”, Orenstein interviewed boys from ages 16-22 about their views on sex. The interviews were in depth and went on for over two years. The book has already received acclaim for its importance and relevance, especially with the advent of the #metoo movement. She discovers that boys are mostly being educated about sex by readily available porn, which is more hardcore than ever. She urges parents to speak with their sons about sex, consent and relationships even though it is intensely awkward. The book is fascinating and highly relevant. Find out more at Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
Christina Adams is an award-winning writer and the author of the memoir “CAMEL CRAZY: A Quest for Miracles in the Mysterious World of Camels”. Her work has been featured on "National Public Radio", the "Washington Post", the "Los Angeles Times", and many more. Her book is centered around her desperation to help her autistic son. When she came upon an obscure scientific article that described how camel milk could help some of the symptoms of autism, she never looked back. With the fervor of a mom desperate to help her child, she winds up traveling the world learning about the benefits of camels, and ultimately becoming an expert herself. She has been a major force in the popularity of camel milk, which is now available in the United States. Her book “Camel Crazy” is part adventure, part love story and ultimately shows us how life can take some pretty mysterious turns. Find out more about Christina at Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
Samantha Brown, host of PBS’s two-time Emmy winning (Outstanding Host and Outstanding Travel/Adventure Program) series, “Samantha Brown’s Places to Love,” returns with her third season. This season, Samantha will take viewers to thirteen destinations, both in the U.S. and abroad, uncovering a deeper connection to travel by highlighting the people who are changing, challenging and strengthening the places they call home. The highest-rated show ever broadcast on PBS, Season 3 of “Samantha Brown’s Places to Love” is sponsored by AmaWaterways, AAA and Rocky Mountaineer. Find out more at Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
What did you cook with your mom? Aimee Lee Ball is an award winning writing, and the co-founder of “Eat, Darling, Eat”, a storytelling website about mother/daughter relationships, centered around something that is fundamental and fun, evocative and provocative, shared across all cultures and generations: food. She is also co-author of four books and a journalist for many national publications, including "The New York Times", "New York Magazine", "Harper’s Bazaar", and "O the Oprah Magazine", writing about health, business, politics, food, travel, and the arts. Find out more at or Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
Tracy Chamberlain Higginbotham is a business woman and athlete who has been battling Alopecia, an immune disorder that results in hair loss, for 20 years. Her story about her life as a bald woman is captured in her new book, “Under the Rose-Colored Hat”. Tracy is also passionate about women’s rights, and is involved in 261 Fearless, which is a foundation begun by Kathrine Switzer, to empower girls and women through running. Find out more at, and Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
Frailty is not a normal part of aging! Kay VanNorman, President of Brilliant Aging, is an internationally known healthy aging expert. She directed the Kaiser Institute on Aging, serves on international boards, speaks and consults around the world, and has an extensive list of publications, including two books, numerous chapters, scores of journal articles, and a Chinese translation of her latest book. Kay created the Vitality Portfolio® model for lifelong health including resources to make a vitality plan, balance wellness, core, and functional assets, and make regular deposits in our wellness account. Find out more and get some great free downloads at Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
Sky Bergman is the creator of "Lives Well Lived", a film that celebrates the incredible wit and wisdom of adults 75 to 100 years old who are living their lives to the fullest. Sky interviews forty people who share their secrets and insights to living a meaningful life. Their intimate memories and inspiring personal histories are poignant, humorous and full of life. "Lives Well Lived" has now screened in over 150 cities. Find out more at
Vicki Tapia enjoyed a 30-year career as a Lactation Consultant before writing about her caregiving journey with both parents. Her book “Somebody Stole My Iron: A Family Memoir of Dementia” was a finalist in the High Plains Book Awards in 2015. Vicki’s second book “Maggie: A Journey of Love, Loss and Survival” was inspired by the real-life saga of her great-grandmother. This book was recently named Solo Medalist for the New Apple Literary Award for Historical Fiction 2018 and was also a Finalist in the 2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Vicki is a co-founder of, a community of authors sharing personal stories to light the way for others with a vision to lift the silence and stigma of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Find out more about Vicki here: Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
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:
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 Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
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 Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
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: Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
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 Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
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 Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
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: Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
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: and Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
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 Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
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: Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
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 and . Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
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