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Zestful Aging

Author: Nicole Christina, LCSW

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Nicole Christina, a psychotherapist of 30 years, interviews a wide variety of influential guests about how they are creating their legacies--a crucial element in healthy aging. Contributing to the greater good is a central theme of the Program.
190 Episodes
Rebecca Scritchfield is a well-being coach, registered dietitian, nutritionist, certified exercise physiologist, and author of the book, “Body Kindness: Transform your health from the inside out and never say diet again”. Rebecca has influenced millions through her writing, podcast, workshops, and appearances in over 100 media outlets including “NBC Nightly News”, “CNN”, the “TODAY show”, “O Magazine”, “Real Simple”, “Time”, and many others. Find out more at Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
"Hot Flashes and Cool Topics" Podcast is devoted to all things mid-life. Colleen Ricci Rosenblum and Bridgett Biagi Barratt talk about the good, the bad, and the freedom we have earned at this stage of life. They explore life’s challenges, including menopause. They don’t hold back from any subjects and their friendly interview style brings out the best in their guests. Check them out here: Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
Laura Zam is the author of the bestselling book “The Pleasure Plan: One Woman's Search for Sexual Healing”. She’s also an award-winning health writer who's been featured in “The New York Times” (Modern Love), “Salon”, “Huffington Post”, Her work explores the impact of trauma on our lives, and in particular, our sex lives. As the child of a Holocaust survivor and a victim of sexual abuse, she uses her experiences to offer help and hope to the many people who are in need of healing. Find out about Laura at Mentioned in the interview is author Jane Boon who wrote “Edge Play”. Help can be found at, the website of the “North American Menopause Society” and from the “International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health” at Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
In 2013, Barbara Mancini was arrested and prosecuted in Pennsylvania on the charge of aiding the attempted suicide of her dying 93-year-old father after handing him his prescribed morphine. A hospice nurse and police authorities ignored his written advance directives, and he was hospitalized and treated in defiance of his end-of-life wishes. A year later, a judge dismissed the case against her. Her case was featured on TV’s “60 Minutes” and “National Public Radio”. She has traveled the country speaking about her experience, and has become a vocal advocate for honoring wishes, improving care and expanding options at the end of life. Find out more about Barbara and her story at Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
Eugenia Brown is a Cicerone Certified Beer Server, Founder of Beer Chick LLC and beer influencer who uses her platform to celebrate, empower, and connect people who share a love of beer. She is active in her community and is an advocate and champion for diversity and inclusion in all spaces and places. Her goal is to continue to change the narrative as a black woman in the craft beer industry, and continue to elevate the voices of other women of color who enjoy drinking beer. Find out more about Eugenia and her initiatives at Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
Jodi Stolove is the queen of joyful exercising. A fractured foot forced her to conduct her dance and aerobic classes from a chair and The Chair Dancing® Fitness concept was born. Creativity born of necessity resulted in her developing unique seated fitness programs combining the pleasure of exercise, dance, and music. While she “sat down” to bring exercise to meet the needs of anyone wanting to embrace exercise, the fitness industry took notice. Prominent health care facilities, including Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers, Scripps Clinic, and The Mayo Clinic offer this fitness alternative. Jodi taught dance to the cast of “The Days of Our Lives” as well as Joan Rivers. Find out more at Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
Frank King was a writer for The Tonight Show for 20 years. But these days he’s helping prevent suicide. Depression and suicide run in Frank’s family. He was just a young boy when his grandmother committed suicide, an image that’s seared into his mind. He’s thought about killing himself more times than he can count. He’s fought a lifetime battle with Major Depressive Disorder and Chronic Suicidality, turning that long dark journey of the soul into five TEDx Talks and sharing his lifesaving insights on mental health awareness with associations, corporations, and colleges. Find out more about his work at And Check out and to learn more about suicide prevention. Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
Rebecca Winn, a highly awarded landscape architect, has written a celebrated new memoir, “One Hundred Daffodils”, about her unexpected marriage breakup and past traumas, and how she transforms her pain into new growth. Rebecca’s life in the garden and connection to nature helps her grow into the woman she’s always wanted to be--confident, self assured, and more clear of her own needs and desires. This is a poetic book of middle age transformation, honesty and beauty. Find out more about Rebecca at or her beautiful facebook page at Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
Aaron Gendle is a best selling author of “Conquest: 10 Simple Steps to Conquer Life and Leave a Lasting Legacy”. Aaron founded “Write a Book University” where he helps others tell their story and leave their legacy by writing a book. He also hosts the “Daily Authors Podcast”, where he interviews brilliant new, self-help authors daily, providing a platform for authors to share their stories and help others. Aaron has had a long career in technology and leadership, rising to the corporate executive ranks. He has overcome a chronic disease naturally, without medication and even went on to finish of the super difficult, Ultra Beast Spartan race. He lives in the beautiful emerald coast of Florida with his wife and four children. Find out more about Aaron at Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
Daniella Mestyanek Young was born a third-generation member of the infamous religious cult, The Children of God, which has often garnered national and international attention for its unconventional and criminal practices including forced polyamory/polygamy, child marriages, religious prostitution, widespread pedophilia and the murder/suicide of the founder’s son and heir apparent. As a 15-year-old, Daniella was excommunicated from the cult, moved to America alone and broke, attending school for the first time in her life. Upon graduating college, she commissioned into the US Army as an intelligence officer, serving for over 6 years, making the rank of Captain, and deploying twice to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. During her service, Daniella became one of the first women in history to conduct deliberate ground combat operations alongside her male counterparts, buried good friends who she’ll never forget, led intelligence operations for a large area of Afghanistan, met the sitting President and received the Presidential Volunteer Service Medal. Today, Daniella lives in Seattle, where she is married to a Special Operations helicopter pilot, has a 3-year-old daughter who speaks three-languages fluently, is co-founder of an HR-tech company and is an activist for veterans, military spouses and many others who are going through their own intense cultural transitions. Find out more at Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
Nancy Davis Kho is the author of “THE THANK-YOU PROJECT: Cultivating Happiness One Letter of Gratitude at a Time”. Nancy is also a podcaster whose work covers “the years between being hip and breaking one” at and on the Midlife Mixtape Podcast which was included in “Wall Street Journal’s” 2019 list of "8 Podcasts for Anyone Nervously Facing Retirement". Find out more about Nancy’s inspiring work at Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
Gayle Carson is the epitome of a zestful ager at 82 years old. She’s known throughout the world as a business and leadership expert, and authored “How to be an SOB-- Spunky old Broad Who Kicks Butt”, among others. She’s been on ABC, NBC, and the “Wall Street Journal”, to name just a few. Selected as a “Legend of the Speaking Profession,” she currently hosts over a dozen radio shows per month. She’s a strong proponent of living regret free. A four time cancer survivor, she believes that mindset is crucial for wellness. She’s a proud Silver Sneakers Award Winner. Find out more about the spunky Gayle Carson at Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
Jane Bernstein is an award winning novelist. Her latest book, “The Face Tells the Secret” is the story of a young woman trying to navigate life knowing that her mother did not have the capacity to love her, and also held a very tragic secret. Her recent story, “Still Running,” was chosen for “Best American Sports Writing 2018”. Find out more about Jane at Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
Amanda Rees is the co-founder and CEO of Bold, a health and fitness technology company that creates online exercise programs for aging well, particularly focusing on balance which is crucial in the later years. Amanda is a yoga and tai chi instructor, who specializes in working with older adults and those with mobility limitations. She studied engineering and dance at Princeton. Bold has raised venture capital from leading Silicon Valley investors and has been highlighted in Forbes and the New York Times. Find out more about Amanda and her company at Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
Rachel began a new career as a model at the age of 46. Since turning 40, Rachel ditched the hair dye and embraced her natural silver hair and curvy figure. She is now represented by Bridge models in London and is passionate about being to help represent women over 40 in the fashion industry, especially when it comes to swimwear and lingerie campaigns. She is an ambassador for the charity 'Be Real”, a body confidence activist, and involved in the Mind Charity, which focuses on mental health. Find out more about Rachel at: Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
Ever wonder what it would be like to share a 250 square foot space with a fellow researcher in the Arctic for nine months with no electricity or running water? No Netflix, Amazon, or neighbors for 90 roadless miles? Meet Sunniva Sorby and Hilde Strom who are on a mission to contribute to the research on global warming and plastic use. They were due to return after their 9 month stay, but COVID hit. The Norweigen boat that was scheduled to pick them up stopped running. Find out more about their incredible work and see their breathtaking photos right here: Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
Joan Lunden helped wake-up millions of Americans as the host of Good Morning America for two decades. As a journalist, a busy working mom, and a part of the sandwich generation, Joan knows a thing or two about the realities of being an aging woman in our society today. Joan is a leading health and wellness advocate, speaking around the country about women’s health and how to age successfully. Joan’s latest book on the topic, “Why Did I Come Into This Room? A Candid Conversation About Aging,” is being called her most candid, raw, and funny book to date! Find out more about all of Joan’s projects here: Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
Talya Tibbon is an award winning documentary director and producer working in the US and in Europe. Over the years, her work has taken her to 4 continents: from Boko Haram territory in Nigeria to the slums of Karachi, from gang-controlled neighborhoods in Honduras to Siberia and to the corridors of the White House. She's documented war refugees, trafficked women, Guantanamo detainees, Wall Street traders, drug economies, mass shooting survivors and even daredevil ice swimmers. Last year Talya was nominated for two IDA (international documentary association) awards: for "Sky and Ground" (PBS/ Amazon) for best documentary and for the docuseries "Amanpour: Sex and Love Around the World" which is running on Netflix. She is currently working on her next documentary feature film about the legacy of WWII in the Baltics and a scripted drama series about the refugee crisis. Find out more about Talya’s amazing work here: Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
Donna Cameron spent her career as a business owner working with nonprofit organizations and causes. It was there where she saw kindness in action and was awed by its power to transform. While she considered herself a reasonably nice person (with occasional lapses into crankiness), she knew that true kindness was a step above. In 2015, she committed to a year-long deep-dive into kindness. Her 2018 book, “A Year of Living Kindly”, has earned more than a dozen awards. Find out more about this important project at Buy her book at: Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
Alison Pena, aka “Bad Widow”, became a widow when her husband of almost twenty five years died in 2016, after an 11-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Eventually, Alison learned how to live fearlessly, move through grief, reclaim autonomy, reinvent herself, and rebuild her networks back to life. She writes and speaks about the inevitable losses in life and how to overcome them and even thrive. Her style is honest and raw, funny and real. We also talk about the loss and grief associated with Covid-19, and her thoughts on how to navigate the overwhelming feelings. Find out more: Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at
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