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Zestful Aging

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.
121 Episodes
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 and out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
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 out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
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: out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
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 .Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
Bill Protzmann’s mission is to raise awareness of the power of music as self care, especially for vulnerable populations. In addition to being a successful IT entrepreneur, Bill holds magna cum laude degrees in piano performance and creative writing, and has performed for many years with a focus on bringing music to audiences in non-traditional ways. His work was recognized by the National Council for Behavioral Health with an Award of Excellence. Learn more at or out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
Gyata Stormon is an accomplished tennis player, a US and Canadian tennis coach, and three time Canadian senior doubles champion. Her brand new book, "On the Ball: Doubles Tennis Tactics for Recreational Players" began as notes prepared for her students. Eventually she had so many drafts for different level students, and so many pages she still wanted to write, it was time to put it together in one convenient book. Find out more at
Colleen Wietmarschen evolved from introverted child to successful business woman to triathlete at 50. Colleen faces challenges with an open mind. She wears many hats, including professional publishing consultant. Whether it’s a blog, a memoir or an article you want to submit to your favorite magazine, she knows how to help shape an idea into a finished product. Check out her work at: out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
James Baraz has been teaching mindfulness meditation for over four decades. He is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Northern California. He is co-author of two award-winning books: "Awakening Joy" and "Awakening Joy for Kids".Since 2003, James has been leading the online course Awakening Joy taken by more than 20,000 people. He serves as an advisor to One Earth Sangha,, a website devoted to Buddhist responses to Climate Change. Find out more at
Irene Frances Olson is the author of "Requiem for the Status Quo", a fictional account that doesn't hold any punches when it comes to describing the toll Alzheimer's takes on families. Irene spent a year trying to get her book published, suffering more than a hundred rejections in the process. The book she wrote to honor her father was finally published when Irene was sixty-three-years-old. She is on the management team of Alzauthors, a community of authors sharing their stories to light the way for others. Find out more at and her blog Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
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 out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at, and become a patron at
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