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Choosing the Right Place at the Right Time in the 2nd Half of Life with Dorian Mintzer and Ryan Frederick

Place plays a significant but often unacknowledged role in health and happiness. The right place elevates personal well-being. It can help promote purpose, facilitate human connection, catalyze physical activity, support financial health, and inspire community engagement. Conversely, the wrong place can be detrimental to health. For many of us, the pandemic has raised the importance of where you live but evaluating and finding the best place for you can be challenging.

In this episode, you'll discover:

  • The key tenets of successful aging, including the role of place as a direct and indirect driver for a long, healthy, and financially secure life
  • How to think broadly about place – it is much more than the four walls of your home
  • Tips on evaluating the fit of your current place
  • Next steps to improve your current place or how to find and move to another place
  • How to talk to family about possible changes in place

About Ryan Frederick:

Ryan Frederick focuses on the intersection of place and healthy aging. He recently released his first book, Right Place, Right Time: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Home for the Second Half of Life, an Amazon bestseller.

He advises real estate and health organizations on creating better places to help people thrive. He provides regular content for consumers to make wise choices about places to live a long, healthy, and financially secure life.

Ryan is a Princeton University and Stanford Business School graduate and lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and three teenagers.

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The Many Faces of Retirement with Dorian Mintzer and Dr. George Schofield

Which is changing faster, the chicken or the egg? It isn't a question of which came first anymore. Or which goes next. It's the question of being able to keep up with both simultaneously in a world of continuous and discontinuous change.

In today's episode, you will discover:

  • an overview of the history of retirement
  • the context and environment in which we are experiencing and trying to plan retirement
  • how to identify the tangible assets we're going to have to develop and maintain beyond our finances
  • some predictions that may surprise you about the importance of extended work and education in our lives
  • specific recommendations for the next steps our audience should consider and take
  • Retirement isn't “mono” anything anymore. Nor are there fixed, identical steps for all of us to take that will guarantee success.

About Dr. George Schofield:

As a Developmental Psychologist, George Schofield has long been interested in the period beginning at age 50 as a developmental ramp for our later quality of life. His research and writing have led to a significant body of popular publications. His groundbreaking book, After 50 It's Up to Us, Developing The Skills And Agility We'll Need, eloquently explains why and how we all must face, head-on, the new realities that await us as we age. His latest book is, How Do I Get There From Here? Planning For Retirement When The Old Rules No Longer Apply.

His educational credentials include a BA in Business, an MA in Counseling/ Rehabilitation, an MA in Adult Learning/Human and Organizational Development, and a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Development.

George is also an Organizational Psychologist and practicing entrepreneur. He is the Founding Principal of The Clarity Group, LLC, a consultancy that helps businesses succeed in the 21st century and individuals and couples create new and accelerated professional lives. He has been an adjunct faculty member in the College of Education and an adjunct faculty appointment for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Florida Sarasota- Manatee.

A native of Seattle, George is based in Lakewood Ranch, near Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida.

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How to Lead with Wisdom with Dorian Mintzer and Jann Freed

Episode Description:

This program is for anyone in a position of influence in an organization or those who train these individuals. It's also for those who feel they are drowning in information but starving for wisdom about what behaviors nurture people, organizations, and communities at large.

In this episode, you'll discover:

  • how to define sage-ing
  • how sage-ing influenced my leadership book
  • why my book is about life as much as leadership
  • why wisdom is essential in leading one's best life

About Jann Freed:

Jann Freed, Ph.D., is a leadership development consultant and speaker organizations hire to improve employee engagement, navigate change management, or develop leaders at all ages and career stages. She is particularly interested in helping employees 50+ find meaning and purpose beyond their careers. She does this through the use of a concept she developed — The Breadcrumb Legacy — in which people create new meaning for themselves and others through small daily actions.

Jann is the author or co-author of five books. On her website, she blogs weekly about leading, living, and sage-ing or conscious aging. She also has a monthly podcast series, Becoming a Sage, where she interviews top thought leaders in conscious aging.

Passionate about helping individuals and organizations go from where they are to where they want to be. Jann is also certified as a Sage-ing Leader through Sage-ing International. Sage-ing work is focused on positive aging so that people are inspired to use their wisdom and life experience for their benefit and the benefit of organizations and communities.

Jann is a Professor of Business Management Emerita and the former Mark and Kay De Cook Endowed Chair in Leadership and Character Development at Central College, Pella, Iowa. After 30 years of college teaching and administrative responsibilities, she left to become a senior consultant with the organizational development firm, Genysys Group. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Iowa.

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Legacy of Wisdom – Making Wisdom a Central Theme of Aging with Dorian Mintzer and Jay Goldfarb

How do we age better? Societies are unprepared to handle the changes their longer-aging populations create. How can we create a new paradigm that is practical and yet easy to implement? The Legacy of Wisdom program was started in 2008 with input from several people, most notably Roshi Joan Halifax, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Ram Dass, and others. With two successful congresses in New York (2011) and Colorado (2013) and a “Driving Longevity” program launched at Harvard Medical School in October 2014, Legacy of Wisdom has been active in formulating effective approaches to the new issues of aging. Mary Catherine Bateson reminds us, “we have had a new phase of life added to our lives, a phase of 20 years of Active Wisdom.” Little did we know what we were saying when we said, “Go with the flow.”

In this program, participants will:

  • Understand the Legacy of Wisdom themes of aging.
  • Experience the interview archive of Legacy of Wisdom.
  • Be presented with the data underlying the seriousness of the issues of mobility and falling.
  • Be introduced to the basic components of the Driving Longevity multi-modality intervention.
  • Experience a personal example of the programming we are developing.
  • Recognize and be able to express the basic principle of Tai Ji and Qi Gong.
  • Learn how this Tai Ji/Qi Gong intervention was tailored into a unique fitness program in collaboration with Harvard Medical School.

About Jay Goldfarb:

James (Jay) Goldfarb did his undergraduate work at SUNY Stony Brook and his graduate psychology work at SUNY Albany. In 1976 he founded the Living Tao Foundation, along with Chungliang Al Huang and others, and was its director (1976 – 1991). Jay was also the Dean of the Lan Ting Institute at Wuyishan in southeast China (1982 – 1986). Moving to Switzerland (1987), Living Tao Foundation was created (1987), and he remains its Executive Director. In addition to his research and Tai Ji teaching and meditation, he has a 45-year business management background.

He is a senior Congress, Conference, and Meetings management professional with two advanced Degrees and publications. He was a senior consultant with American Express in Germany, Brazil, England, and New York and joined the Swiss Waldhaus Foundation (1992), transforming its Waldhaus Zentrum into a successful European seminar center.

The non-profit Legacy of Wisdom Association offers a growing archive of answers to basic aging issues – making “Wisdom the central theme of aging.” Within its “Health Care section,” Legacy of Wisdom collaborated with Harvard Medical School to create a new mobility intervention protocol to maintain independent mobility and reduce serious falls in seniors. He lives with his wife Ursula in Basel, Switzerland, and has two grown daughters and a grandson.

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Positive Health and Well-Being for You and Your Patients with Dorian Mintzer and Dr. Tom Kottke

As those of us born in the Baby Boomer Generation are expected to live longer than our parents, there are a number of behaviors in which we can engage that make that life expectancy a joy rather than a burden. These include physical, emotional, and empathetic activities that will help Boomers flourish in their later years.

In this episode, participants will discover:

  • Six behaviors that have a strong impact on healthy life expectancy (nutrition, physical activity, tobacco, alcohol, sleep, and healthy thinking)
  • Six building blocks of well-being (emotional & mental, social & interpersonal, financial, career, physical, and community)
  • Three behaviors that increase one's own well-being and well-being in others (reflections of gratitude, acts of kindness, expressions of thankfulness)
  • Martin Seligman's 5 components of flourishing (positive emotion, engagement, positive relationships, meaning and purpose, and accomplishment.

About Dr. Tom Kottke:

Dr. Tom Kottke is a cardiologist and health services researcher in the Twin Cities area of Minneapolis and St. Paul. After 17 years practicing at Mayo Clinic Rochester, he moved to HealthPartners, now Medical Director for Well-Being, while continuing to practice cardiology. Currently, his research and program development focuses on how individuals can increase their healthy life expectancy and increase their sense of well-being.

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