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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.
133 Episodes
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 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 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: 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 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 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
Jolene Hill wants to encourage families to have meaningful conversations about what really matters in life. Her campaign 'Life's 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:
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 .
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 and out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
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