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The MAGIC of Minka with Dorian Mintzer and Bill Thomas

Episode Guest: Dr. Bill Thomas, author, entrepreneur, musician, teacher, farmer, and physician whose wide-ranging work explores the terrain of human aging

Episode Description:
At both ends of the age spectrum, there is a growing and largely untapped demand for communities designed to foster closer connections, health, and wellbeing. How can we create homes and communities that are inspired by a profound respect for simpler living, energy-conscious building, and human-oriented design?

In this episode, you'll…

  • Understand what Multi-Generational, Multi-Ability, Inclusive Communities are
  • Understand how to live in the place and manner of their choosing
  • Be inspired to flip the declinist narrative of aging

About Bill Thomas:

Named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the top 10 Americans shaping aging, Dr. Bill Thomas is known worldwide for transforming long-term care through The Eden Alternative, The Green House, and Minka models, radical alternatives to institutional care. Thomas designed the nation's first senior ER, now the standard for hospital emergency rooms nationwide. He most recently came off a 125-city Changing Aging Tour that used music and visuals in live performances to promote a new and disrupting understanding of aging.

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This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism with Dorian Mintzer and Ashton Applewhite

Episode Guest: Ashton Applewhite, speaker, author, and activist and the leading spokesperson to mobilize against discrimination based on aging

Episode Description:
From childhood, we're barraged by messages that it's sad to be old. That wrinkles are embarrassing, and older people are useless. Author and activist Ashton Applewhite also believed them until she realized where this prejudice comes from and its damage. In this episode, Ashton will trace her journey from apprehensive boomer to pro-aging radical and, in the process, debunk myth after myth about late life.

In this episode, you'll discover:

  • the roots of ageism – in history and our own age denial – and how it divides and debases
  • how ageist myths and stereotypes cripple the way our brains and bodies function
  • what ageism looks like in the workplace and the bedroom
  • the cost of the all-American myth of independence
  • how olders are portrayed as burdens to society
  • what an all-age-friendly world would look like
  • a rousing call to action

Whether you're older or hoping to get there, this episode will shake you by the shoulders, cheer you up, make you mad, and change the way you see the rest of your life. Age pride!

About Ashton Applewhite:

Author and activist Ashton Applewhite is the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. In 2016, she joined the PBS site Next Avenue's annual list of 50 Influencers in Aging as their Influencer of the Year. Ashton has been recognized by the New York Times, National Public Radio, and the American Society on Aging as an expert on ageism.

She blogs at This Chair Rocks, has written for Harper's, Playboy, and the New York Times, and is the voice of Yo, Is This Ageist? Ashton speaks widely at venues that have ranged from universities and community centers to the TED mainstage and the United Nations. Ashton is a leading spokesperson for a movement to mobilize against discrimination based on age.

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Navigating the New World of Work with Dorian Mintzer and Kerry Hannon

Episode Guest: Kerry Hannon, a leading authority and strategist on career transitions, entrepreneurship, and personal finance and retirement as well as a best-selling and award-winning author of 14 books

Episode Description:
When the coronavirus pandemic upended the US economy, many older workers lost their jobs and saw their retirement accounts take a hit. Those who remain employed are grappling with a new way of working: remotely from home, sometimes in isolation, facing daunting technological and social challenges. Work and Jobs expert Kerry Hannon will talk about the way the pandemic has transformed the workplace for workers over 50 and how to find work you love that also has impact.

In this episode, you'll discover how to:

  • Navigate this new normal
  • Become empowered to take control of your professional and economic future with hope, confidence, and optimism
  • Succeed in the workplace and prepare for a financially secure retirement

About Kerry Hannon:

Kerry Hannon is a workplace futurist and a leading strategist on career management, entrepreneurship, personal finance, and retirement. She is a frequent TV, podcast, and radio commentator and is a sought-after keynote speaker at conferences.

Kerry is the bestselling and award-winning author of 14 books, including her newest book In Control at 50+: How to Succeed in the New World of Work and Great Pajama Jobs: Your Complete Guide to Working From Home.

Kerry is currently a senior columnist and on-air expert at Yahoo Finance. She was previously an expert columnist, opinion writer, and regular contributor to the New York Times, MarketWatch, and Forbes, and was the PBS website personal finance and entrepreneur expert. She has also worked as a writer, columnist, and editor for USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, and Money magazine and as a contributor to the Wall Street Journal.

Kerry lives in Washington, DC, and Boston, Virginia, with her husband, documentary producer and editor Cliff Hackel, and her Labrador retriever, Elmore “Elly.”

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Disaster-Proof Your Retirement with Dorian Mintzer and Harry Margolis

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

Episode Description:
Too often, retirement plans fail due to a lack of coordination between financial and estate planning and 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 when a spouse or we become disabled, most plans (or lack of plans) fall apart.

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 an ideal mechanism for managing financial matters.
  • Who will make health care and life decisions for you when you can't make them yourself? You need a health care proxy, but you must also 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.

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.

For three decades, Harry served as editor of The ElderLaw Report, an attorney's monthly newsletter. His peers have recognized his leadership in the field in his selection as a Fellow of 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. He is the only elder law attorney to receive these honors.

He firmly 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 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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Why the Arts Matter: From Expression to Learning to Impact with Dorian Mintzer and Fred Mandell

The world has changed dramatically over the past year and a half.  For Fred Mandell, this is only the beginning of constant, dramatic, and unpredictable changes.   Fred will share his journey from using the creative process of the arts as a model for navigating life transitions (Becoming a Life Change Artist) to his deep exploration of how the arts can prepare us to thrive in our new, rapidly changing world.

In this episode you'll discover:

  • The implications of living in a constant state of change
  • How the arts can serve as a deep and practical learning process 
  • The theory and science behind arts-based experiential learning
  • How Creating Futures That Work is pioneering arts-based experiential learning to help individuals, leaders, and teams navigate the new state of unending change
  • You will walk away with an understanding of how integrating the arts into leadership development, innovative thinking, and collaborative team dynamics can change both you and the world.

About Fred Mandell:

Fred Mandell is a founder and principal with Creating Futures That Work, a consultancy that draws on the precision and focus of science and the insights and skills of the arts to elevate leader effectiveness in the areas of collaboration, innovation, organizational culture, and professional development.

Prior to establishing CFTW with Harvey Seifter, Fred served as a senior executive with American Express where he built leading marketing and sales businesses and ran a multi-billion-dollar investment company. During his tenure, he introduced new business models for the practice of fee-based financial planning in a large financial services institution.

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.

Fred is the author of Can Art Save Us? and the co-author with Kathleen Jordan of Becoming a Life Change Artist; 7 Creative Skills to Reinvent Your Life at Any Stage.  He has been teaching the number one rated leadership series at MIT Sloan School of Management called The Leader as Artist since 2013. The Leader as Artist series is unique in the way it demonstrates the application of the art-making process to innovative leadership and organizational vitality.

As an artist, Fred has been featured in the national publication Gallery Guide. 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.

Fred holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago and an Ed.M. in psychology from Boston University. He has three grown children, and six grandchildren, and lives in Lynnfield, Massachusetts with his wife Karen, a writer and teacher.

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