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Aging in the 21st Century with Dorian Mintzer and Dr. Gillian Leithman

In her talk on the work motivation of mature workers, Dr. Gill will discuss what older workers want out of work as they transition into the second half of life. Based on her research, which is part of her Ph.D. thesis, she will discuss how people determine whether they should continue to work beyond age 65 or retire. She'll also focus on the importance of achievement as people age. Lastly, Dr. Gill will share her findings regarding “generativity,” its importance for an organization's competitive advantage, and why it requires a work environment that nurtures and values expertise.

In this episode, you'll discover:

  • What the number 65 signifies to older workers
  • Why achievement still matters, and to whom
  • About “generativity”: the corporate “sweet spot” for aging workers and their organizations

About Gillian Leithman:

Gillian Leithman, Ph.D., is a corporate trainer specializing in health and wellness seminars and workshops. Gillian has facilitated programs for some of Canada's premiere businesses and organizations, such as Bell Canada, Air Canada, TD Canada Trust, Federal Express, Novartis, Telus, Hollis Wealth, HSBC, the RCMP, and Exxon Mobil.

Dr. Leithman is best known for her pre-retirement seminars, which focus on the psychological and social aspects of retirement planning to ensure a smooth and fulfilling transition. When she is not facilitating seminars, she teaches in the management faculty at the John Molson School of Business, where she is an Assistant Professor. Her research focus encompasses the career motivation of older workers, the retirement transition process, age-friendly workplaces, and knowledge-sharing cultures.

Her research has been featured at the Canadian Psychological Association, the Ontario and Canadian Gerontological Associations, and The Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. She has twice received the Best Paper Award from the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada. She has also been featured in the Montreal Gazette, Reader's Digest, and the National Post and has been a guest on the Tommy Schnurmacher radio show and on CBC.

Dr. Leithman is the founder of Rewire to Retire and Life Skills Toolbox.

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The Jolt Phenomenon with Dorian Mintzer and Mark Miller

Episode Description:

Jolts can derail us – or they can propel us into reclaiming and remaking our lives. They prompt us to ask questions about our values and purpose.

Psychologists have been studying this phenomenon for some time; one research team at the University of North Carolina Charlotte back in the mid-1990s named the phenomenon “post-traumatic growth” (PTG). Since then, PTG has emerged as an important field of study for psychologists and social scientists.

Jolt explores a range of PTG experiences – -the death of a child, life-threatening illness, plane crashes, terror attacks, natural disasters – and also a wide range of growth responses.

In this episode, you will discover:

  • What is the process of change that trauma survivors experience as they grow?
  • What does the process of change look like from the inside for jolt survivors?
  • What is the role of spirituality and faith? Who is most likely to experience growth after trauma – and who is not?
  • And, what is the meaning of these stories of trauma and growth for the rest of us?

About Mark Miller:

For over a decade, Mark Miller has researched and written about what motivates people to reinvent their lives. He is a nationally recognized expert on retirement and aging; he writes a column for Reuters and contributes to The New York Times and other national news outlets.

Mark is the author of Jolt: Stories of Trauma and Transformation, which tells the stories of people transformed by growth following trauma, and the new paths they pursue.

Some are on missions to help others or to make things right in the world, while others embark on new careers. Some people simply find that their relationships grow deeper or seek a stronger spiritual dimension in their lives.

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The New Retirement: Create a Life You Don’t Need a Vacation From with Jan Cullinane

Ten thousand people are turning 65 every DAY, and by 2030, all Boomers will be at least 65. Are you ready for retirement? Here are some things to consider:

  • “Fun” Retirement Vocabulary words
  • Importance of 6,570
  • Reflections about relocation
  • Working in Retirement (and the five Ps)
  • Money and Your Brain (behavioral economics)
  • Purpose and Values
  • Retiree Regrets
  • Summing it up: Secrets for a Successful Retirement
  • Shed your skin/molt!

Date: Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Time: 12:00 noon Eastern (9:00 AM Pacific, 10 AM Mountain, 11 AM Central, and 7 AM Hawaiian)

Topic: The New Retirement: Create a Life You Don’t Need a Vacation From

Speaker:  Jan Cullinane, author

About Jan Cullinane

Jan Cullinane is a recognized expert on holistic retirement. Her books include two previous editions of the best-selling The New Retirement: The Ultimate Guide to the Rest of Your Life, the award-winning The Single Woman's Guide to Retirement, and Retire Happy. She is the Healthy Living columnist for ideal-LIVING magazine and a contributor to Everybody Has a Book Inside of Them and The Weekend Book Proposal.

Jan has given numerous presentations about retirement. Her clients include AARP, The Smithsonian, In-N-Out Burger, Wells Fargo Advisors, and the U.S. Federal Government, among others. She is frequently interviewed for print and online media, and has appeared on national and local TV and radio shows.

Her educational credentials include a B.S. and an M.Ed. from the University of Maryland, and an ABD from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She lives in Palm Coast, Florida with her husband Roger, has three married children, five adorable grandchildren, and sincerely believes these years are the best years if you're prepared. And, she can speak backwards fluently!

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Adult Development IN Aging with Dorian Mintzer and Bill Sadler

Episode Description:
A remarkable development during the 20th century was an impressive extension of the average life course. In America, the average life expectancy gained 30 years, from 47 to 77. That's a 30-year life bonus. Average life expectancy here is nearly 80 and rising. The fastest-growing cohort is centenarians – from 3,000 in 1965 to over 90,000 in the early 21st century. We have experienced a longevity revolution and many of us will live into our 90s and reach 100 or beyond. In addition, in the 21st century the old paradigm of aging has been changing and a newer view of aging has emerged, which is radically different from the old paradigm.

What might a huge increase in longevity mean to you? What can you do with all the added years ahead? How will this change the legacies you will live and leave? In navigating life after 50, a major question is: how can you create the life you want? This leads to a question about our emerging identity: who do you want to become?

Dr. Sadler has learned from the people he has studied and discovered they are shaping a new identity by developing a life portfolio that answers another question: what do I want to put in my future? (and what leave out?) Dr. Sadler has been helping students in his Osher Life-Long Learning Institute (OLLI) classes work with each other in shaping their distinctive life portfolios. Seeing how they are growing and renewing their lives has been a very inspiring experience for him. It's a challenge for all of us to think intentionally about the years ahead and create our own life portfolios.

In this episode, you will discover:

  • What's new about aging in the 21st century
  • Ways to think about adult development IN aging
  • How to “change course” and create your life portfolio

About Bill Sadler:

Since receiving his doctorate from Harvard, Bill Sadler has been teaching sociology, business, and interdisciplinary courses for fifty years in colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. For the past 26 years, he has been at Holy Names University in Oakland, California, where he is Professor of Sociology and Business, and for 10 years at the University of Southern Maine.

In addition to teaching, he has held administrative posts in four institutions, serving three times as a Department Chair, College Dean, and Chief Academic Officer. He has also been a consultant in higher education and in the business world for leadership and organizational development. In addition to his professional career, he has served on various boards, such as: Spiritual Alliance for Earth, The Center for Third Age Leadership and North Oakland Village.

As an author, he has published dozens of articles and six books, the last three focusing on the third age, based on his ongoing longitudinal research. Those books are Third Age: Six Principles of Growth and Renewal after 40, Changing Course: Navigating Life after 50 (with James Krefft), and Why Retire? Career Strategies for Third Age Nurses (with Fay Bower). He has been a key speaker at local, national, and international conferences on Positive Aging.

He and his wife Sallie have raised five children, have six grandchildren, and live in Oakland CA, and Bristol, ME.

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Live Long, Die Short: Authentic Health and Successful Aging with Dr. Roger Landry

Dr. Roger Landry, MD, MPH, is a retired, highly decorated full colonel, former chief flight surgeon at the Air Force Surgeon General's Office in Washington, and preventive medicine physician who has spent over a decade smashing stereotypes of aging and redefining the possibilities of older adulthood.

He has conducted extensive practical research on the influence of lifestyle on the aging process and compiled his findings in his book Live Long, Die Short: A Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging, which AARP has endorsed, was a top pick by MORE magazine, and received gold award honors by Living Now Book Awards.

During today's episode, Dr. Landry will be discussing:

  • Ten empowering tips to age successfully
  • Authentic health that we can rediscover from our ancestors
  • The importance of staying socially, intellectually, physically, and spiritually engaged with life
  • How to grow new brain tissue and make dementia less likely
  • How to recognize and address personal risks that may limit health and independence
  • How stress “rots us from within”
  • How to never again fail at making healthy lifestyle changes
  • Why our elders are part of the solution to society's challenges rather than the problem: a resource rather than a liability
  • Changing public policy and how it will affect how we view and treat older adults

About Roger Landry:

Dr. Roger Landry is a preventive medicine physician, author of award-winning Live Long, Die Short: A Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging, and President of Masterpiece Living, a group of multi-discipline specialists in the field of aging who partner with organizations to assist them in becoming destinations for continued growth and Centers for Successful Aging. Trained at Tufts University School of Medicine and Harvard University School of Public Health, Dr. Landry specializes in building environments that empower older adults to maximize their unique potential. For well over a decade, Dr. Landry has focused his efforts on older adults as a lecturer, researcher, consultant, and author.

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