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From Babies to Rocket Scientists to Retirees: We Are All Creatives with Hugh Willard

Creativity is an innate, generative, evolving process of self-expression. One application of creativity is requiring an individual to be open to new ideas and approaches to seek an original solution to a problem or challenge at hand. Adjusting to retirement presents significant challenges to an individual's emotional, mental, social, and, therefore, physical health. Pursuing creative activities is an essential component of securing and maintaining a vibrant, healthy retirement lifestyle.

In this interview, Hugh Willard will provide an in-depth exploration of the role and application of creativity in the lives of retirees. This will include:

  • a broader and deeper understanding of creativity as a tool for psychological health beyond the historical aesthetic application
  • identifying the basic components and tools of creativity and seeing the ways these support the retiree's process
  • exploring the central role of environment, including relational supports, in fostering (or inhibiting) creativity.

Note: This is an audio-only webinar. 

Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2024

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

Topic: From Babies to Rocket Scientists to Retirees: We Are All Creatives

Speaker: Hugh Willard, psychotherapist, singer-songwriter, and author

About Hugh Willard Hugh-Willard-square From Babies to Rocket Scientists to Retirees: We Are All Creatives with Hugh Willard

Hugh J. Willard is a psychotherapist, singer-songwriter, and author with a career spanning more than thirty-five years. He has developed and taught courses on exploring identity, meaning, and creativity in the second half of life for numerous Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes, including those at the Universities of Duke, Georgia, North Carolina State, and UNC-Asheville.

Hugh’s first nonfiction book, Finding Beauty in the Gray: Stories and Verse from the Third Age, was published in November 2023. His other published works include a children’s chapter book series, The Goodwill Vulture’s Club, a YA novel titled Degotoga, and a novella titled Clive’s Crossing. He is currently working on his MFA in creative nonfiction at Bay Path University. Hugh also has a podcast series titled Aging Well: Finding Beauty in the Gray.

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Redefining Retirement: What’s Your Encore? with Dorian Mintzer and Larry Jacobson

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Why is it important to have a non-financial plan for your retirement? Almost everyone has some sort of financial plan because that's what we see on TV and billboards. Do you have enough money to retire? For those who do, that's not the only important question. What you do with your time and how you find a new social network, purpose, and fulfillment are also of critical importance to a happy retirement.

In this program, you'll discover:

  • 9 areas that need to be addressed for a smooth transition from a career to retirement
  • 8 key categories to a full and balanced retirement

About Larry Jacobson:

“Retirement is not the end, but rather the opportunity for a new beginning,” says Larry Jacobson, a leading authority on non-fiscal retirement planning. Jacobson uses his successful business career, retirement from the corporate world, and achieving his personal dreams as a proven model for his coaching. His experience has attracted coaching clients from all walks of life, including entrepreneurs, CEOs, doctors, attorneys, teachers, and public figures.

Jacobson believes retirement is not a time to stop growing, and he coaches clients to discover untapped passions. He then combines these passions with their past knowledge and experience to build a plan of action for a retirement of fulfillment and purpose. Jacobson is also known for leadership, entrepreneurship, and public speaking coaching.

Successfully transitioning from CEO to sailor, Jacobson achieved his lifelong dream of sailing around the world. After that accomplishment, he transformed himself into a six-time literary award-winning author and motivational speaker. Now Buoy Coaching & Training focuses on coaching programs that rethink and redefine retirement. The groundbreaking program Sail Into Retirement combines home study and personal coaching feedback has quickly achieved notoriety in the field.

A California native, circumnavigator, and adventurer, Jacobson has over 50,000 blue water miles under his keel. His books include the six-time award-winning memoir of his six-year circumnavigation, The Boy Behind the Gate, and his recent Let's Go! — a children's version of his journey around the world. He also recently published Navigating Entrepreneurship, in which he shares solutions and practical steps to success in an online video training course. Larry lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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How to Make Your Older Years the Best Time of Your Life with Dorian Mintzer and Mark and Lucy Rose Fischer

Episode Guests: Husband and wife team, Mark Fischer, CFP, MBA, Ph.D., author, and Lucy Rose Fischer, Ph.D., gerontologist and award-winning author and artist

Episode Description:

Picture the freedom to do whatever you want to do. Plus, you have the largest resources of your life to accomplish them – more money and time, your experience, skills, and knowledge.

Does this type of retirement excite you, but you're not sure how to create it for yourself? Are you asking: When can I cut back on working? Will my money last? What can I do to stay healthy? What will I do with my time?

In this episode, you'll discover the opportunities and challenges of this time of life, with insights and information on transitioning into retirement, as well as Lucy's ALIVE model to help you live more creatively.

About Mark and Lucy Rose Fischer:

Mark S. Fischer, CFP, MBA, PhD, is a retirement coach and the author of Serious About Retiring (2019). Mark had a twenty-year career as a scientist and a thirty-year career as a financial planner. He biked the entire length of the Mississippi in his 60s and started playing cello at age 73.

Lucy Rose Fischer, PhD, is an award-winning author, artist, and social scientist. She has published six books. Her most recent books are: The Journalist (August 2020), Grow Old With Me (2019), and I'm New at Being Old (2010). She is featured on the Twin Cities Public

Television program, Life Changing Art.

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Preparing for a Green Retirement with Dorian Mintzer and Rick Moody

Rick Moody, an advocate for climate change action, will discuss the importance of acknowledging and addressing the threat of climate change, particularly in the context of aging. Individuals should acknowledge their fears in this arena but use humor to confront anxieties and take action to prepare for both mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

In this program, you will discover:

  • How personal experiences motivate people to act and how connecting with younger generations is crucial.
  • How individuals can contribute to addressing climate change as consumers, investors, and citizens
  • The ongoing struggles and the importance of personal connections and intergenerational work in climate change
  • A message of hope and the belief that everyone can take action to address the climate crisis.
  • Resources about several organizations focused on aging and climate and how to find other resources, including Third Act, Elders for Climate Action, Gray is Green, Friends of the Earth, and Sierra

About Rick Moody:

Harry (Rick) Moody, Ph.D., retired as Vice President for Academic Affairs with AARP and is currently Visiting Faculty at Fielding Graduate University and Tohoku University in Japan. He previously served as Executive Director of the Brookdale Center on Aging at Hunter College and Chairman of the Board of Elderhostel (now Road Scholar). He is the author of many scholarly articles and books, including co-author of Aging: Concepts and Controversies, a gerontology textbook now in its 10th edition.

His book The Five Stages of the Soul was published by Doubleday and has been translated into seven languages worldwide. He is the editor of the Human Values in Aging newsletter, with 5,000 subscribers monthly. In 2011, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society on Aging, and in 2008, he was named by Utne Reader Magazine as one of the “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.” His current book, Climate Change in an Aging Society, will be published next year by Routledge. He lives in San Mateo, California.

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Increase Healthspan, Brainspan, and Lifespan with Ageless Aging with Maddy Dychtwald

Women now live six years longer than men – yet, for most, the last decade of life can be plagued with cascading poor health and a lack of purpose. In other words, women’s healthspans and lifespans are out of sync. What if there was a way for women to extend not only their longevity, but their quality of life?

In this interview, Maddy Dychtwald will talk about her cutting-edge research that helps women take advantage of the scientific, psychological, and physical knowledge and tools to feel vital, youthful, and purposeful into their 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and beyond. We are currently in the beginning stages of a longevity revolution with women at the forefront. Women hold the power to change the aging narrative once and for all, by emphasizing the gifts of long life and taking steps to minimize physical and mental decline.

Maddy will share simple and actionable steps to help women increase their healthspans, brainspans, and lifespans, including tips, techniques, and hacks (many of which are low cost or no cost). Although focused on women, Maddy's presentation is helpful for everyone.

Note: This is an audio-only webinar. 

Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2024

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

Topic: Increase Healthspan, Brainspan, and Lifespan with Ageless Aging

Speaker: Maddy Dychtwald, internationally acclaimed author, public speaker, and thought leader on longevity, aging, the new retirement and the ascent of women as well as co-founder of Age Wave

About Maddy Dychtwaldheadshot-Maddy-Dychtwald Increase Healthspan, Brainspan, and Lifespan with Ageless Aging with Maddy Dychtwald

Maddy Dychtwald is an internationally acclaimed author, public speaker, and thought leader on longevity, aging, the new retirement, and the ascent of women. She co-founded Age Wave, the world's leader in understanding and addressing the far-reaching impacts of our aging population, and has led numerous acclaimed studies on women and money. In addition, she has been involved in more than 25 thought leadership research studies worldwide on aging, longevity, retirement, health, family, caregiving, housing, and leisure, which have cumulatively garnered more than 14 billion media impressions.

Maddy has been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, Newsweek, Time, Fox Business News, CNBC, and NPR, and others. She has written many blog posts for the Wall Street Journal and Huffington Post. Maddy is the author of three previous books: Influence: How Women's Soaring Economic Power Will Transform Our World for the Better, Gideon’s Dream: A Tale of New Beginnings (a children’s book) and Cycles: How We Will Live, Work, and Buy. Her newest book is Ageless Aging: A Woman's Guide to Increasing Healthspan, Brainspan, and Lifespan. She lives in San Francisco with her family.

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