The Reinvention of Retirement with Connie Zweig

Crossing the threshold into late life can feel like a high-wire act without a net. But, if you are retiring or rewiring, ill or caregiving, feeling purposeful or disoriented, yearning to serve or do spiritual practice, you can learn to cross over from denial to awareness, from distraction to presence, from role to soul.

How do we explore who we are beyond work? How do we uncover the unconscious material that erupts around losing our roles, losing our loved ones, losing control of our bodies, losing our faith? And how do we overcome the denial, resistance, and distraction that arises with these changes?

If you want to move past denial, fear, and resistance to discover your dreams and opportunities for this stage of life, join us to redefine “age” and to help you re-imagine and reinvent it for yourself.

In this program, you will discover:

  • Retirement as Rorshach Test
  • Hearing the call
  • Denying the call — What stops us from stopping?
  • Heeding the call — Who am I now?
  • Liminal space
  • Release of the Doer
  • Role of shadow-work
  • Role of spiritual work: meditation and ritual
  • Shift from hero to elder
  • Crossing the threshold from role to soul

About Connie Zweig

Connie Zweig recently retired after 30 years as a therapist. She is co-author of bestsellers, Meeting the Shadow and Romancing the Shadow, author of Meeting the Shadow of Spirituality and A Moth to the Flame: The Life Story of Rumi (a novel). She is a certified Sage-ing Leader and is currently writing The Reinvention of Age. She is blogging excerpts on Medium.

10 Ways to Have a Happy Retirement with Richard Eisenberg

Some people have a much better retirement experience than others. What makes the difference? Having a plan and figuring out what you want out of retirement in advance so that you have laid the groundwork for a retirement experience that works for you and your family. In this month’s program, Richard Eisenberg outlines the ten ways that you can achieve a happy retirement. He will be covering:

  • How to figure out in advance what you want out of retirement.
  • If you have a husband, wife or partner, talk frankly together about what you both want out of retirement.
  • Plan your transition into retirement.
  • Come up with a retirement income plan.
  • Choose when to retire and then follow through (if you can).
  • Stay engaged and healthy (if you can).
  • Get a part-time job in retirement.
  • Learn new things or pursue your passions.
  • Keep a schedule, but not like the one you had before you retired.
  • See your children and grandchildren, if you have any.

About Richard Eisenberg

Richard Eisenberg is Managing Editor of PBS’ Nextavenue.org, a site for people in their 50s and 60s. He is also the editor of the site’s Money and Work & Purpose channels and a frequent blogger there. Previously, he was Executive Editor of Money Magazine and Front Page Finance Editor for Yahoo! He is the author of two books: How to Avoid a Mid-Life Financial Crisis and The Money Book of Personal Finance.

You can listen to the replay at https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Events/112495161

You can download the list of resources Richard mentioned on the call here:

Creating a Grassroots Force to Change Policy and Build Community with Bruce Frankel and Paul Nagle

Bruce Frankel and Paul E. Nagle will discuss the creation of Stonewall Village NYC, which aims to build a movement for LGBTQ-friendly housing and an intergenerational community to protect and care for NYC’s LGBTQ elders, who are among the city’s most lonely, impoverished, excluded and threatened citizens.

About Bruce Frankel and Paul Nagle

Bruce R. Frankel is a partner in Redstring, a community-building technology and business, and its chief content officer. He is also Co-President of The Life Planning Network and of LPN’s New England Chapter, and author of What Should I Do With The Rest Of My Life? as well as a co-editor of Live Smart After 50! The Experts Guide to Life For Uncertain Times. He is also a writer of World War II: History’s Greatest Conflict. Before turning his attention to issues of aging, he was a prize-winning journalist, the New York-based national reporter for USA Today and a senior writer and editor for People magazine. He earned his MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College at age 53.

Paul E. Nagle is the executive director of Stonewall Community Development Corporation, which seeks to partner with commercial developers to create affordable housing for LGBTQ elders. He is directing the creation of Stonewall Village NYC, a vibrant virtual village to support the elder LGBTQ population of New York with education-facilitation for LGBT housing opportunities, programs and services to support aging in place, health, and socialization to end isolation, and more. Paul was previously the executive director of Cultural Strategies Initiative in NYC, and director of communications and cultural policy for a member of the NYC Council. He has a background in international cultural policy, which he studied at NYU.

Listen to the replay at https://instantteleseminar.com/Events/108274098

How to Live Forever with Marc Freedman

How to Live Forever is a deeply personal call to find fulfillment and happiness in our longer lives by connecting with the next generation and forging a legacy of love that lives beyond us. In writing How to Live Forever, Marc Freedman set out to answer three critical questions:

  • With so many living so much longer, what do the increasing years beyond 50 mean?
  • How can a society with more older people than younger ones thrive?
  • How do we find happiness when we know life is long and time is short?

These are big questions that invite us to explore how we live our daily lives. Freedman found insights by exploring purpose and generativity, digging into the drive for longevity and the perils of age segregation, and talking to social innovators across the globe bringing the generations together for mutual benefit as well as his own mentors.

In this program, you’ll discover how to find fulfillment and happiness in our longer lives by connecting with the next generation and forging a legacy of love that lives beyond us.

About Marc Freedman

Marc Freedman, the President and CEO of Encore.org, is a renowned social entrepreneur, thought leader and writer. Under Marc’s leadership, Encore.org has pioneered innovative programs and sparked a growing movement in the United States and beyond to tap the talent and experience of people past midlife as a human resource for solving our most vexing social problems. Programs such as Civic Ventures, Experience Corps, Discovering What’s Next and the Life Planning Network are a few examples of programs that have been sparked by Marc’s vision.

He was a visiting fellow at King’s College, University of London and a visiting scholar at Stanford University during 2014-15. Marc is a member of the Wall Street Journal’s “Experts” panel and a frequent commentator in the media. He was named a 2014 Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the World Economic Forum and the Schwab Foundation and is the recipient of the 2010 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. He co-founded Experience Corps, mobilizing thousands of individuals over 50 to improve the school performance and prospects of low-income elementary school students in 22 U.S. cities, and spearheaded the creation of the Purpose Prize, an annual $100,000 prize for social entrepreneurs in the second half of life.

Marc is the author of several books, including his newest book, How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations, focusing on bringing older and younger people together for mutual benefit and the greater good of society, which will be published by Hachette Book Group in November 2018.

Listen to the replay at https://instantteleseminar.com/Events/108273972.

Emotional Planning for Retirement with Louise Nayer

Though most people spend countless hours doing financial planning for retirement, how many people do emotional planning? Retirement is a huge transition, and it’s important to think not only about how much money you’ll have, but also how you will create the kind of life you want.

Whether you are about to retire, newly retired or have been retired for a long time, it’s never too late to talk openly about how you feel and the difficulties and joys of retirement.

In this program, you will discover the importance of articulating anxieties about retirement, including:

  • Making the Decision
  • Fears of Isolation and Losing a Community
  • Fears of Losing Your Identity
  • Trusting Yourself
  • Fears of Getting Sick
  • Calming exercises
  • Maintaining a healthy and fulfilling retirement

About Louise Nayer

Louise Nayer grew up in New York City, received a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin and later a Master of Arts in Humanities from SUNY Buffalo where she studied with poets Robert Creeley and John Logan. In 1976 she put all her belongings in a ’68 Camaro and moved to San Francisco where she dedicated her life to writing and teaching.

She is the author of five books, most recently Poised for Retirement: Moving from Anxiety to Zen. She kept a journal for the five months before she left her community college teaching job and wrote about the importance of emotional planning for retirement. That book also offers calming exercises to help people through that time. Her book, Burned: A Memoir, was an Oprah Great Read and winner of the Wisconsin Library Association Award. That book chronicles the devastating effects of an explosion in Cape Cod that burned her parents when she was four years old and left her mother facially disfigured. That book outlines the lasting effects of child-parent separation. She has also written for OZY and the San Francisco Chronicle and has been interviewed in Forbes Magazine.

She is a long-time educator and member of the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto. She teaches memoir classes at the Grotto, through OLLI at UC Berkeley and works with people individually. She has given readings of her work at universities and bookstores all over the country and has been interviewed widely on radio including on NPR. She has two grown daughters and a step-daughter and lives with her husband and dog, Ella, in Glen Park in San Francisco.

To join the call: Please register at http://revolutionizeretirement.com/interviews/

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