All Posts by Dorian Mintzer

Life is in the Transitions with Bruce Feiler

Bruce Feiler has long explored the stories that give our lives meaning. Galvanized by a personal crisis, he spent the last few years crisscrossing the country, collecting hundreds of life stories of Americans in all 50 states who’d been through major life changes—from losing jobs to losing loved ones; changing careers to changing relationships; getting sober to getting healthy to simply looking for a fresh start. He then spent a year coding these stories, identifying patterns and takeaways that can help all of us survive and thrive in times of change.

What Feiler discovered was a world in which transitions are becoming more plentiful and the skills to manage them more urgent for all of us to master. The idea that we’ll have one job, one relationship, one source of happiness is hopelessly outdated. We all feel unnerved by this upheaval. We’re concerned that our lives are not what we expected, that we’ve veered off course, living life out of order. But we’re not alone.

Life Is in the Transitions introduces the fresh, illuminating vision of the nonlinear life, in which each of us faces dozens of disruptors. One in ten of those becomes what Feiler calls a lifequake, a massive change that leads to a life transition. The average length of these transitions is five years. The upshot: We all spend half our lives in this unsettled state. You or someone you know is going through one now.

The most exciting thing Feiler identified is a powerful new toolkit for navigating these pivotal times. Drawing on his extraordinary trove of insights, he lays out specific strategies each of us can use to reimagine and rebuild our lives, often stronger than before.

In this program, you’ll discover how to:

  • Start with your transition superpower
  • Identify your emotions
  • Shed something
  • Try something creative
  • Rewrite your life story

Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Time: 12:00 noon Eastern (9:00 AM Pacific, 10 AM Mountain, 11 AM Central, and 6 AM Hawaiian)

Topic: Life is in the Transitions

Speaker: Bruce Feiler, one of America’s top voices on contemporary life, best-selling author of 15 books, speaker, and TV personality

About Bruce Feiler

Bruce Feiler is one of America’s most thoughtful voices on contemporary life. He is the author of seven New York Times bestsellers; the presenter of two prime-time series on PBS; and the inspiration for the drama, Council of Dads on NBC. His work combines timeless wisdom with timely knowledge turned into practical, positive messages that allow people to live with more meaning, passion, and joy. His new book, Life is in the Transitions Mastering Change at Any Age, describes his journey across America, collecting hundreds of life stories, exploring how we can navigate the growing number of life transitions with greater purpose and skill.

Bruce Feiler has written for numerous publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and Gourmet, where he won three James Beard Awards. He is a frequent commentator on radio and television. A former circus clown, he has been the subject of a Jay Leno joke and a JEOPARDY! question, and his face appears on a postage stamp in the Grenadines.

A native of Savannah, Georgia, Bruce lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Linda Rottenberg, and their identical twin daughters.

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Aging, Work, and Retirement: A Trifecta of Challenges with Elizabeth Fideler

“Aging, Work, and Retirement: A Trifecta of Challenges” will explore the trends associated with mature adults working in the retirement years. In the context of changing demographics and the changing modalities of retirement, we will discuss the reasons why increasing numbers of women and men are bypassing conventional retirement age and staying in or returning to the workforce. We will consider age diversity, ageism, and age-friendliness in the workplace. We will look at the impact of the pandemic on older workers, with particular attention to gender and social class differences.

During this program you’ll discover how:

  • the older worker phenomenon continues apace.
  • the older worker phenomenon is global.
  • there’s a big difference between choosing to stay on the job and being forced to by necessity.
  • job satisfaction, finding meaning or a sense of purpose in one’s work, can be a more powerful motivator than money.
  • aging, work, and retirement each come with their own challenges, especially during a pandemic.

All the details of our upcoming call are below:

Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021

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

Topic: Aging, Work, and Retirement: A Trifecta of Challenges

Speaker: Elizabeth Fideler, EdD, is an author and Founding Member of the Sloan Research Network on Aging & Work

About Elizabeth Fideler

Elizabeth F. Fideler received her doctorate in administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard University. She is a founding member of the Sloan Research Network on Aging & Work, Boston College. With a background in classroom teaching, senior management positions at non-profit organizations, and education research, she successfully redirected her research and writing skills to address the extended work-life phenomenon. She is the author of several books, the most recent being Aging, Work, and Retirement.

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Disaster-Proof Your Retirement with Harry Margolis

Too often, retirement plans fail due to a lack of coordination between financial and estate planning, as well as the failure to involve care managers. While we’re healthy and cognitively intact, we can continue to work, travel, care for grandchildren (if we’re so lucky), and go up and down stairs. Almost no financial and estate planning is necessary as long as we stay healthy. But the moment we or a spouse becomes disabled, most plans (or lack of plans) fall apart.

If you haven’t already done so, age 75 is a good time to ask and answer the following questions:

  • Where do you want to live when you need help from others? Being close to children (assuming you have a good relationship) will make life a lot easier for all concerned. Make sure you can live on one floor.
  • Who will step in to take over your finances when you can no longer handle them yourself? A revocable trust is the ideal mechanism for managing financial matters.
  • Who will make health care and life decisions for you when you can’t make them for yourself? You need a health care proxy, but you also need to talk with your agent about your wishes.
  • Do you care if all your resources are spent down on your care? At age 75, it’s probably too late to buy long-term care insurance, but it can be a good time for Medicaid planning.

All the details of our upcoming call are below:

Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2021

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

Topic: Disaster-Proof Your Retirement

Speaker: Harry Margolis, estate planning and elder law attorney and author who is a passionate advocate for seniors and for individuals with special needs and their families.

About Harry Margolis

Harry S. Margolis has been representing seniors, individuals with special needs, and their families since he started ElderLawServices, the predecessor of Margolis & Bloom, in June 1987. Since then, he and the firm as a whole have helped thousands of clients pay for long-term care, grapple with the incapacity of a family member, and plan for safe and productive futures for their children and grandchildren.

Harry served as editor of The ElderLaw Report, a monthly newsletter for attorneys for three decades. His leadership in the field has been recognized by his peers in his selection as a Fellow of both the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel. He has been named a “Super Lawyer” since 2005 and in different years recognized as one of the top 100 attorneys in New England. In 2015, Best Lawyers named him Best Lawyer in America in the practice of Elder Law and Trust and Estates., and he is the only elder law attorney to receive these honors.

He strongly believes that the best legal solutions are achieved through the partnership of well-informed clients and attorneys who combine great technical expertise, experience, and an ability to listen. Most recently he began answering consumer questions online at www.askharry.info. He is also the author of Get Your Ducks in a Row: The Baby Boomers Guide to Estate Planning.

When not working, Harry resides in Brookline with his wife, college-age twins (when they’re home), and a dog of uncertain breed. He loves biking and traveling, both in the U.S. and abroad.

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The Path of Purposeful Aging with Richard Leider

What are we to do to survive and, even, thrive in this volatile, uncertain pandemic world? In a world where we can no longer be secure or certain, how can we find some sense of certainty? The pandemic changed everything for almost everyone. We endlessly hear the downside of this crisis. That’s one way to look at it but, there is also an upside. We can grow from this crisis.

The science of purpose shows that having a WHY to exist, whatever the level of adversity we face, is universal and fundamental to both surviving and thriving. Purpose is NOT a trend nor a luxury, today. In fact, it is FUNDAMENTAL to our health, healing, happiness, community, and, even, longevity! What makes you want to get out of bed in the morning? These days the answer to that question might seem more difficult than ever to answer.

During this program, you will:

  • Take a “Purpose Checkup”
  • Experience three steps to unlocking your purpose
  • Learn three practices to live and work in ways that fit with your purpose

All the details of our upcoming call are below:

Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2020

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

Topic: The Path of Purposeful Aging

Speaker: Richard Leider, founder of Inventure–The Purpose Company, one of American’s preeminent Executive-Life Coaches. He is a pioneer of the global purpose movement that focuses on purposeful living.

About Richard Leider

Internationally bestselling author and coach, Richard Leider is the founder of Inventure-The Purpose Company, where the mission is to help people to “unlock the power of purpose” and answer that question. He is ranked by Forbes as one of the “Top 5” most respected coaches. Along the way, Richard has written eleven books including three best-sellers which have sold over one million copies. The Power of Purpose and Repacking Your Bags are considered classics in the personal growth field. His latest book, Who Do You Want to Be When You Grow Old? is a defining book on the power of purposeful aging.

Widely viewed as a pioneer of the global purpose movement, his work has been featured in many media sources, and his PBS special, The Power of Purpose, was viewed by millions of people. He has taken his purpose message to all 50 states, Canada, and 4 continents, and he has advised everyone from AARP to the National Football League to the U.S. State Department. During his career, Richard has addressed more than two million people worldwide in his speeches to corporate, association, and social service groups. He and his wife, Sally, live in the Minneapolis, MN area.

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Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life with Louise Aronson

Physician and Award-winning author, Dr. Louise Aronson, a noted Harvard- trained geriatrician will discuss her book, Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life, and provide an essential, empathic look at a vital but often disparaged stage of life. She will share stories from her personal and professional life, and, drawing from history, science, literature, and popular culture, offer a powerful roadmap for how we can approach old age–full of joy, wonder, frustration, and outrage. She offers hope about aging, medicine, and humanity itself.

With modern increases in human lifespans, the period of elderhood-what Aronson calls the third and final stage of life, after childhood and adulthood-may now span forty or more years of our lives. But in American society, at the very moment that we are living longer than ever before, we have turned old age into a disease, a condition to be dreaded, disparaged, neglected, and denied, as we try to avoid the signs of our own aging and mortality.

From her personal and professional experiences, she envisions a large-scale shift in society’s – and medicine’s – attitude toward aging, made up of crucial adjustments in how we see the changes in each other’s and our own bodies, how we care for older people, how we set doctors’ salaries and bill patients, and ultimately, how we conceive of the final third of life: not as an ending or decline, but as yet another stage of life with its hardships and challenges, opportunities and joys.

In this program, you will be challenged to:

  • Re-examine the meaning of aging
  • Recognize how our views of aging and medical practices reflect a broken system that often exacerbates problems of aging.
  • Reframe our later decades to better prepare for and thrive in those final years.
  • Transform our views about aging and lead us to make different choices for ourselves and in policy, ones that improve the experience of elderhood.

All the details of our upcoming call are below:

Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Time: 12:00 noon Eastern (9:00 AM Pacific, 10 AM Mountain, 11 AM Central, and 6 AM Hawaiian)

Topic: Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life

Speaker: Louise Aronson, MD, MFA, a Harvard trained Physician, Geriatrician, Educator, and Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco

About Dr. Louise Aronson

Louise Aronson, MD, MFA, is a leading geriatrician, writer, educator, professor of medicine at UCSF, and the author of the New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize finalist for Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, and Reimagining Life. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Aronson has received the Gold Professorship in Humanism in Medicine, the California Homecare Physician of the Year award, and the American Geriatrics Society Clinician-Teacher of the Year award. Her writing credits include her prior book, A History of the Present Illness: Stories, as well as the New York Times, Atlantic, Washington Post, Discover, Vox, JAMA, Lancet, and the New England Journal of Medicine, and she has been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air, TODAY, CBS This Morning, Morning Edition, Politico, Kaiser Health News, Tech Nation, and the New Yorker.

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