All Posts by Dorian Mintzer

Positive/Vital Aging: Life Long with Jan Hively and Meg Newhouse

People have been talking about “The Positive Aging Movement” for more than a dozen years, particularly since the first conference in 2007, when the oldest Boomers were turning 61 and approaching the “traditional” retirement age. With a longer life expectancy, notions about aging have been shifting. This year the oldest Boomers are turning 72, and the youngest is now turning 54. We’re witnessing the “graying” of our population. In this interview, we’ll focus on a broad view of the Positive Aging Movement: How it started, how it’s been changing, what it’s accomplished, and where it’s going.

Join the conversation as Dr. Dorian Mintzer explores these issues with the movement veterans Dr. Jan Hively, educator, speaker and serial entrepreneur and Dr. Meg Newhouse, author, educator and coach. From this presentation/conversation, you will:

  • Get an overview of the Positive Aging Movement over the past 10+ years – its intellectual underpinnings, development, and accomplishments to date.
  • Understand the central concepts of positive aging/holistic thriving in the second half of life.
  • Explore what’s next. Has the movement outlived its usefulness? What are the current issues? Where might it or should it be heading?
  • Consider: What would you add? What facet draws you most?

The discussion will be continued on the Boomers and Beyond SIG (Special Interest Group) at noon eastern time (6:00 am Hawaii, 9:00 Pacific, 10:00 Mountain and 11:00Central) on Tuesday, September 4th. You don’t need to sign up for the SIG–just plan to call in at 1 425-440-5100, pin 555036# and be part of the conversation. It will be an interactive call. We’d like to learn from you–what would you add? What facet of the Positive Aging Movement draws you most?

About Jan Hively

Jan Hively describes herself as an “Encore Entrepreneur.” In Minnesota, after a career in city planning and administration, Jan Hively earned her Ph.D. in 2001 at age 69 with a dissertation on “Productive Aging in Rural Communities.” Since then, she has focused on transforming expectations for aging — realizing the potential for positive aging based on twenty-first-century trends and research.

Jan has co-founded several thriving networks that support positive aging, including the Vital Aging Network, the SHIFT Network, and a global program exchange, the Pass It On Network. As a Purpose Prize Fellow, she is an internationally-known presenter and consultant for programs that engage older adult leadership and support “meaningful work, paid or unpaid, through the last breath.” Jan’s academic degrees were earned at Harvard University and the University of Minnesota.

About Meg Newhouse

In both her professional and personal life, Meg Newhouse has sought to call out “passion and purpose” in her students, coaching clients, and even friends/colleagues. For nearly 25 years she has been centrally involved in what could be called the Positive Aging movement, as a post-mid-life coach, workshop facilitator, consultant and author.

In 2002 she founded and co-led the Life Planning Network, a national community of professionals committed to a holistic model for helping people thrive in the second half of life; more recently she has been engaged with the Conscious Elders Network from its early stages. Meg has helped plan five Positive Aging conferences and has written three how-to books, as well as co-edited LPN’s Live Smart After 50. In the past few years, she has focused on later life and legacy, represented by her book, Legacies of the Heart: Living a Life That Matters.

Meg has many other passions––foremost, her family (including 4 grandchildren) and friends, but also including music (as a serious amateur flutist), yoga, nature, the state of the nation and world, and all kinds of learning and personal/spiritual growth. She lives in the Boston area with her husband of 50 years.

For the replay, visit https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Events/108273846

Aging with Wisdom with Dr. Olivia Hoblitzelle

How do we find meaning and beauty in aging, and how do we respond to living in an age-phobic culture? This month’s presenter, Dr. Olivia Hoblitzelle. gets to the heart of the matter by providing examples from her own experience as well as from varied wisdom traditions and cultures that revere elders.

In this program, you’ll discover how to:

  • find the wisdom that lies within all of us, no matter the age
  • create a mindset to age consciously
  • cultivate an inner life resilient enough to handle the vicissitudes of aging
  • embrace life in all its fullness and wonder, even when faced with life’s inevitable losses

You’ll get the information you need about how to age consciously.

Dr. Olivia Hoblitzelle, writer and teacher, taught in the field of behavioral medicine where she pioneered the integration of meditation, yoga, and  cognitive therapy with traditional Western medicine. She also trained health professionals in new approaches to health and healing through Harvard Medical School.

For many years she taught a course on conscious aging and mindfulness meditation. Her bestselling book, Ten Thousand Joys & Ten Thousand Sorrows: A Couple’s Journey Through Alzheimer’s, won many awards and was translated into four languages. Her most recent book is Aging with Wisdom: Reflections, Stories & Teachings, a finalist for Foreword’s “Indies Book of the Year” award.

For the replay, visit https://instantteleseminar.com/Events/108273783.

Design Your Second Act Career with Nancy Collamer

If you’re thinking about the possibility of working during retirement — whether to supplement your income, keep active and engaged, or some combination of the two — join us for a conversation with Nancy Collamer, author of Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit From Your Passions During Semi-Retirement. Nancy will share inspirational second-act career success stories and provide concrete advice about how you can profit from your professional expertise, passions and personal interests during your semi-retirement years.

In this program, you’ll discover:

  • Why so many boomers are choosing to work part-time after retirement
  • The four main categories of second-act careers
  • Examples of fun and unusual second-acts
  • Easy steps you can take to discover your own “what’s next”

Nancy Collamer is a semi-retirement coach, speaker and the author of Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit From Your Passions During Semi-Nancy Collamer Second Act CareersRetirement. She writes a monthly blog for NextAvenue.org (syndicated on Forbes.com) and publishes a free bi-monthly newsletter about second-act careers through her website, MyLifestyleCareer.com.

Last month, she launched a digital toolkit and course for professionals who want to work part-time after retirement called Design Your Second Act. In private practice since 1996, Nancy holds an MS in career development from the College of New Rochelle and a BA in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

For the replay, visit https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Events/104214693

Roads Taken: Work as the Expression of the Questions We Are Asking Ourselves with Dr. Fred Mandell

Roads Taken is less a map than a meandering, less a history than a reflection, less a presentation than a prism, less a how-to guide than a journey.

Fred Mandell will review his work journey as an outgrowth of a series of animating questions.  He will share what motivated him to launch The Global Institute for the Arts and Leadership as a response to the world in which we live.  He will reflect on his current arts-based leadership consulting as a way to enliven organizational culture and unlock innovation.  Through these reflections, he will provide the opportunity to hold up a mirror to each of our own personal journeys.   Fred will share his mistakes, vulnerabilities, insights, surprises in a search for wholeness.

In the spirit of Max Beckmann, the great 20th-century German artist, Fred sees art as a paradigm through which we pursue “the quest of our self that drives us along the eternal and never-ending journey we must all make.”

In this program, participants will understand and appreciate:

  • The connection between work/life choices and what matters in our lives and in those of our clients
  • Work in the second half as a Creative Choice
  • The role of animating questions in making work/life decisions
  • The creative power of choice

Fred Mandell is a former American Express Financial Advisors (currently Ameriprise) executive who has built leading marketing and sales businesses andFred Mandell run a multi-billion dollar investment company. During his tenure, he introduced new business models for the practice of fee-based financial planning into a large financial services institution.

He currently heads up the Kalon Leadership Group (KLG) whose mission is to unleash the power of the arts to help leaders create a future that really matters.  KLG works with corporate clients in the areas of leadership, innovation and organizational culture.

Fred is an author, nationally collected sculptor and painter and catalyst for leadership change. He has helped thousands of individuals and their organizations to develop their creative skills and enhance their personal and professional growth.

In 2014 Fred launched The Global Institute for the Arts and Leadership, a not for profit entity, whose mission is to build a more peaceful, sustainable and beautiful world by using the arts to catalyze social change. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board.

As an artist, Fred has been featured in the national publication Gallery Guide.  He has had one person shows in Minneapolis, MN, Providence, RI, Wellesley, MA, and South Africa.  His sculptures, paintings, and drawings are in private and corporate collections.  Most recently his bronze self-portrait has been commissioned for the international conference on “The Self/Le Soi” co-sponsored by the University of Chicago and the Sorbonne

For the replay, visit https://instantteleseminar.com/Events/104214630

Aging in the 21st Century Workforce with 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”, it’s importance for an organization’s competitive advantage, and why it requires a work environment that nurtures and values expertise.

From this presentation you’ll learn:

  • 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

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 faculty of management 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 workplace and knowledge sharing cultures.

Her research has been featured at the Canadian Psychological Association, the Ontario and Canadian Gerontological Associations, The Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and she has received the Best Paper Award from the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada twice. She has also been featured in the Montreal Gazette, Reader’s Digest, and the National Post and 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™.

For the replay, visit https://instantteleseminar.com/Events/104214567