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Partnerships and Adjustments in Later Life with Dorian Mintzer and Connie Goldman

We often face daily changes, challenges, compromises, choices, and losses as we age. Connie Goldman believed that “inspiration and learning are available through sharing personal stories of adjustment and growth. We can help one another find new meaning as our mobility, availability, and relationships change with the circumstances of later life. Throughout her life and shared in her many books, she's collected stories with the belief that “facts illustrate and stories illuminate.”

During this episode, we'll hear stories she garnered over the years and some of her words of wisdom from her own life experiences. This is an opportunity to learn from a “wise elder” and feel richer from the connection and the experience.

In this episode, you'll discover:

  • How to alter your attitude and expectations as you age.
  • How to recognize possibilities and growth, even in the face of losses.
  • Words of wisdom from a wise elder who is also a pioneer in the positive aging movement.

About Connie Goldman:

Note: Connie passed away from stomach cancer at age 91 on March 8, 2022.

Formerly on the staff of National Public Radio, Connie Goldman was an award-winning radio producer and reporter. For more than 35 years, her public radio programs, books, and speaking have been exclusively concerned with the changes and challenges of aging and family caregiving.

Grounded in the art of personal stories collected from hundreds of interviews, Connie's presentations were designed to inform, empower, and inspire. Her message on public radio, in print, and in person is clear-make any time of life is an opportunity for new learning, exploring creative pursuits, self-discovery, spiritual deepening, and continued growth.

Her books include The Ageless Spirit; Secrets of Becoming a Late Bloomer; The Gifts of Caregiving – Stories of Hardship, Hope and Healing; Late Life Love-Romance and New Relationships in Late Years; Tending the Earth, Mending the Spirit – The Healing Gifts of Gardening; and Who Am I Now That I'm Not Who I Was – Conversations with Women in Mid-Life and Beyond.

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Lives Well Lived with Dorian Mintzer and Sky Bergman

Episode Guest: Sky Bergman, Filmmaker, Professor of Photography and Video, Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, CA

Episode Description:

Lives Well Lived celebrates the incredible wit and wisdom of people aged 75-100, who reveal their secrets for living a meaningful life. Encompassing 3,000 years of collective life experience, diverse people share life lessons about perseverance, the human spirit, and staying positive in the midst of life's greatest challenges. Their stories will make you laugh, perhaps cry, but mostly inspire you.

About Sky Bergman:

Sky Bergman is an accomplished, award-winning photographer. Lives Well Lived is Sky's directorial debut.

The film has screened in more than 300 cities, won eight awards, and the theatrical run garnered enthusiastic reviews, including a 100% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It is currently airing on PBS and is available on Amazon, iTunes, and PBS Passport.

Sky's fine art photography is featured in permanent collections throughout the world. Her commercial work has appeared on book covers for Random House and Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Inc., and in publications including the Smithsonian, Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel, Reader's Digest, and Archaeology Odyssey.

A professor at Cal Poly since 1995, Sky is the former chair of the Art & Design department (2007-2013) and is currently a Professor of Photography and Video. She has two short films about intergenerational connections currently on the film festival circuit and is working on a feature-length film that is a celebration of love.

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Life is in the Transitions with Dorian Mintzer and Bruce Feiler

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

Episode Description:

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.

Feiler discovered 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, and 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 episode, you'll discover how to:

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

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, and exploring how we can navigate the growing number of life transitions with greater purpose and skill.

Bruce 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 appear 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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Planning for Retirement and Beyond and a Solo Ager with Dorian Mintzer and Sara Zeff Geber

Over fifty, retiring, and childless by choice? Are you among the fifteen million Americans over fifty and childless by choice? Solo aging gracefully and a happy retirement can be yours!

American Baby Boomers are aging, and fifteen million of them never had children. Who will take care of them? Unprecedented in U.S. history, this demographic will create challenges for these individuals as well as for society. This makes retirement planning for solo agers all the more essential, including issues like choices in housing, relationships, legal arrangements, finances, and more. The solo ager needs to plan for the future as though their life and well-being depended on it.

In this episode, you'll discover:

  • Solo Agers: what, where, and who are they?
  • Biggest challenges for Solo Agers as they move into the second half of life
  • Critical choices Solo Agers must make
  • Planning for later life
  • Building a support network
  • Expressing your “voice” through someone else

About Sara Zeff Geber:

Sara Zeff Geber, Ph.D., has made raising awareness of the special challenges of Solo Agers her personal crusade, speaking and writing about it for the past six years. Her book, Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers, is available as an e-book or paperback. With her coaching, writing, and speaking, Dr. Geber helps Solo Agers understand what they need to do to prepare for the future in retirement and beyond.

Sara has a Ph.D. in Counseling and Human Behavior. She is an active member of the Life Planning Network (LPN) and is on the leadership team for the NorCal chapter of LPN. She is also a member of The Transition Network, a national organization that supports women over 50 as they go through life's journey. A Solo Ager herself, Sara is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and lives with her husband and their canine companion in Santa Rosa.

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Light Years: Intergenerational Stories of Resilience, Creativity, and Meaning in Later Life with Dorian Mintzer and Claire Panke

Episode Guest: Claire Panke, award-winning filmmaker, writer/editor, and neonatal nurse

Episode Description:

Filmmaker Claire Marie Panke will discuss her new documentary film Light Years, which shares the stories of three older adults who have turned their later years into some of their best years. Claire will talk about the filmmaking process and share insights into her three film subjects, revealing how they model the power of purpose, creativity, resilience, and intergenerational connections throughout our lives.

In this episode, you'll discover:

  • the film's inspiration and development
  • themes interwoven throughout the film 
  • how the film's subjects embrace challenges and change throughout their lives
  • the power of story to impact viewers of many ages
  • how Light Years can be used to shift attitudes about later life

About Claire Panke:

A graduate of Georgetown University, Claire Panke studied film at New York University, earning a Certificate in Film. Her second feature documentary, Light Years, profiles three older adults who infuse their lives with creativity, service, inter-generational connections, and a knack for reinvention.

Claire's first film, A Chance to Grow, was broadcast on The Discovery Channel, National Geographic Television, and other international venues and was awarded a CINE Golden Eagle. She directed three short documentaries, had several audio interviews broadcast on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and served on several judging panels, including the News and Documentary Emmy Awards.

Claire also works freelance as a writer/editor, photographer, and nurse consultant. In front of the camera, Claire served as a national spokesperson for a campaign to protect health care funding, appearing in nationally broadcast commercials, print & radio ads, and Congressional publications.

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