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Author: Nicole Christina, LCSW

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How can we best navigate aging--with its challenges, changes and joys? What makes life deeply satisfying and meaningful in older age? And how can we live so we’re not left with a pile of regrets when it’s all over? Nicole Christina, LCSW, a psychotherapist for 25 years, author, and wellness educator, interviews inspiring and thoughtful women about how they are adjusting to their older selves, and how they are creating their best lives ever. Nicole also takes the mic to talk about proven habits that increase health and longevity, and other issues relevant to aging well.
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Perley-Ann calls herself “the happy cat.” She’s originally from Ottawa, Canada, but lives most of the year on Koh Lanta, a small remote island in southern Thailand. A survivor of an aggressive type of cancer, she believes happiness is a choice we make even in the face of adversity. Find out more about her at TheHappyCat.ca.Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at NicoleChristina.com, and become a patron at Patreon.com/ZestfulAging.
Sheila Applegate’s Guided Meditation CD "Enchanted One" was awarded the NAMMY, which is the Native American equivalent of a GRAMMY. She’s developed her own Meditation Technique, known as conscious meditation, which is designed to bring more joy into our daily lives. Find out more at: SheilaApplegate.com.Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at NicoleChristina.com, and become a patron at Patreon.com/ZestfulAging.
Marianne Sciucco is the author of several books in Contemporary, Women's, and Young Adult fiction. She's also a registered nurse and combines her love of words with insight gained from her nursing career, including such themes as Alzheimer's and dementia, PTSD, opioid addiction, and chronic pain. Her titles include "Blue Hydrangeas, an Alzheimer's love story", "Christmas at Blue Hydrangeas", and "Swim Season". Her work has also been published in several anthologies, including the newly released "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Mom Knows Best". She’s also the co-founder of Alzauthors, a global community of writers sharing their stories to help others. You can contact her at MarianneSciucco@gmail.com.Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at NicoleChristina.com, and become a patron at Patreon.com/ZestfulAging.
Kathy Elkins and her husband Steve are the owners of three businesses in the handknitting space. For the last 16 years they have been the second-generation owners of WEBS - America's Yarn Store. Last year they acquired String Yarns, a luxury yarn store located on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Prior to her foray into the world of yarn, Kathy managed and directed the marketing efforts for several consumer brands. She is a passionate Boston sports fan but her greatest joy is cheering for her two sons from the sidelines. Find out more at Yarn.com and stringyarns.com.Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at NicoleChristina.com, and become a patron at Patreon.com/ZestfulAging.
Margaret Zhao is an author, poet and teacher of Chinese traditional healing arts. Her award-winning memoir, "Really Enough: A True Story of Tyranny, Courage and Comedy", charts her daunting struggle for survival, freedom and forbidden love, as Enemy of the State under Chairman Mao. Her natural sense of humor has led her to be a Standup Comedian and Motivational Speaker applauded by audiences of all ages. Margaret lives in San Francisco area and has been actively teaching complementary medicine and sharing Buddhist philosophy. Find out more at ReallyEnough.com.Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at NicoleChristina.com, and become a patron at Patreon.com/ZestfulAging.
Gary Glazner is a poet, founder and Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project. Gary is an internationally recognized speaker and expert on using poetry with people living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. NBC's “Today” show, and NPR's “All Things Considered” have featured segments on Glazner’s work. Glazner was recently published in “JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association”, a peer-reviewed medical journal. Find out more at: http://www.alzpoetry.com/.Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at NicoleChristina.com, and become a patron at Patreon.com/ZestfulAging.
Judy Banker has dedicated over 4 decades to the field of eating disorders, entering the field in its nascent years and pioneering treatment and education efforts here in the U.S. and around the globe during her term as President of the "International Academy for Eating Disorders". However, music, in particular playing the guitar and singing folk and roots music, has always been a part of her life; starting with performing with friends and at family weddings, but eventually performing on stages with her late husband John, at local clubs and in a folk trio with a well-known Michigan songwriter, Jay Stielstra. When John passed away suddenly in 2012, music came to play a new role in Judy's life. You can learn more about Judy at JudyBanker.com and get tickets for her performance in Idaho here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rosalie-sorrels-1st-annual-music-memorial-tickets-59608275958Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at NicoleChristina.com, and become a patron at Patreon.com/ZestfulAging.
Michael Hebb is the founder of Death Over Dinner.org and the author of “Let's Talk about Death (over Dinner): An Invitation and Guide to Life's Most Important Conversation”. He’s also the founder of Convivium, a creative agency that specializes in the ability to shift culture through the use of thoughtful food and discourse-based gatherings. Convivium has worked closely with thought/cultural leaders and many foundations/institutions including: The World Economic Forum, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, TED, Apple, United Nations Foundation and The Nature Conservancy. Learn more at DeathOverDinner.org.Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at NicoleChristina.com, and become a patron at Patreon.com/ZestfulAging.
Comedian and writer Regina Stoops was born and raised in a town called Normal though her humor is anything but….Regina has her own unique perspective on what most might consider the mundane details of ordinary life: raising three boys, aging parents, health care, navigating the world of special education, and trips to the grocery store. She describes her life as an ongoing process of "coming out" as she continues to embrace diversity, adversity and suburban chaos armed with quick wit and humor. Regina is working on her first collection of short stories. Find out more at https://www.reginastoops.com and www.facebook.com/reginastoopscomedy.Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at NicoleChristina.com, and become a patron at Patreon.com/ZestfulAging.
Gincy Heins is the co-author of the "365 Caregiving Tips" series which covers "Practical Tips from Everyday Caregivers, Travel and Respite, and Hospitals, Care Facilities and Hospice". She is also the creator and editor of "Before the Diagnosis: Stories of Life and Love Before Dementia", an anthology of stories by 36 authors, each about a relative they have known and loved before that person was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia. Over 90% of the profits from the sales of the book are donated to four nonprofit organizations that assist people with any type of dementia, and their families. Find out more at www.365Caregivingtips.com.Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at NicoleChristina.com, and become a patron at Patreon.com/ZestfulAging.
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