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Travel as a Mirror and Map: How Travel Changes and Orients Us with Dorian Mintzer and Kendall Dudley

Travel awakens our senses and makes life vivid! In contrast to our daily lives, where habits and familiarity blunt our awareness, travel heightens our senses and makes us pay attention to new surroundings. If we are willing to look closely, we may see what has been hiding in plain sight: our emerging self!

Our culture softens our edges by offering us comfort and security in trade for experimentation and purposeful risk-taking. Worse, we can believe the time for self-rediscovery or dramatic change is past, belonging only to those younger than us. Intentional travel, whether by armchair, hydrofoil, or caravan, demands active listening to the life around us and our inner response to it. What do you make of the fact that your hotel was overbooked, served only cold food, and was so noisy you couldn't sleep? Did those things impede your learning from the moment, or did they accentuate your appreciation of hospitality under duress, the delicious subtlety of Spanish tortilla, and the resurgence of your interest in meditation?

Travel presents us with unpredictable, offbeat situations for which we need to improvise. In so doing, we are reacquainted with aspects of ourselves forgotten, misremembered, or rarely noticed. If we can look without initial judgment at our responses, we may see the learning inherent in those moments. Such learning can suggest a new synthesis of interests and skills or the stirring of insight into how our lives may be shifting.

Lastly, travel can happen at home by using fresh eyes to see our days, by recording what we experience in journals, and by creating a process of inquiry that leads us to reflect on more life in a manner that extracts from our life story, the materials with which to create a move vivid future.

About Kendall Dudley:

Kendall Dudley has been a career and life design consultant in private practice for over 25 years. He presents at academic and professional settings, including Harvard, Lesley, and Tufts Universities, the National Career Development Association's annual conferences, the Life Planning Network, and Pendle Hill. He's also the recipient of several arts grants for his work on issues of war and peace in the Middle East. He's also traveled to 36 countries and lived in 5 of them.

For over 20 years, he has run two businesses, LIFEWORKS Career & Life Design and Concord Avenue Writing Center. He has also worked as a Peace Corps volunteer, economist, project manager, photographer, staff writer, and teacher.

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Working in Wonderland with Dorian Mintzer and Carleen MacKay

The 21st-century world of work is as unlike the 20th-century world of jobs as the modern drone is to the horse and buggy of great-grandfather's day. Suppose you coach clients in career or life planning. In that case, if you are a psychologist or sociologist helping people navigate this very different world of work, or if you are wondering about your job situation, this episode is for you!

Hard facts underscore this episode and make the case that how we work (and will work) has forever structurally changed. Ideas for you to incorporate into your practice or life will be presented. Come and be part of the call and discover resources and knowledge about the changes you may encounter along the highway of 21st-century work for boomers.

About Carleen MacKay:

Carleen MacKay is a multi-generational emergent workforce expert with particular emphasis on boomers. She has authored or co-authored four books on work/boomers and is a contributor to the Life Planning Network's book, Live Smart After 50.
Carleen has been a national keynoter in multiple media and Director of Mature Workforce Initiatives for Career Partners International, the talent management company with the largest global footprint. She has also been a product/service developer for nationwide clients from New York to Hawaii!

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Honoring the Art of Our Lives with Dorian Mintzer and Alan O’Hare

What are you doing with your life's stories?

We reach a time in our lives during the third stage when we still envision what we seek to accomplish or discover, but more of our lives are devoted to reflections on the journey that has brought us to this point. In this interview, Alan C. O'Hare discusses his journey as a community psychologist, university educator, actor, playwright, and director, all woven together in his calling and artistry as a “Seanchai/storyteller.”

These skills are also integrated into being a “curator” who highlights moments from a person's life that can be honored through the art of a story, a journal, a performance piece, music, dance, or visual art form. His model can also be adapted to the life journey of a family, clan, community, or culture.

About Alan O’Hare:

Alan C. O'Hare is a community psychologist, university educator, actor, playwright, and director. He's both a Celtic storyteller and a Seanchai storyteller. Alan has an incredible history at the Centre for Community Counseling and Education.  He was the director of the Girls Center in Walpole, Mass.

He's done consultation in addition to training, instructional design, organizational development work, educational media, as well as community development work. He is a gifted playwright and has both acted and written many plays.

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Exploring Spiritual Opportunities in the Second Half of Life with Dorian Mintzer and Bob Weber

In 1976, when he was forty-four years old, Henri Nouwen co-authored a book entitled Aging: The Fulfillment of Life. One of Nouwen's colleagues who worked in the field of gerontology extolled the book as the best he had read on aging. Nouwen responded, “I know nothing about aging.” Because he was only forty-four at the time his answer was probably correct. But if you are a baby boomer, someone born between 1946 and 1964, you now know something about aging!

In 1968 we baby boomers first started graduating from college. We, were, are, and will continue to be people asking questions, people questing for the truth and the meaning of life just as they were during their college years and the social, political and institutional upheavals of the 1960's. Now we face a new round of upheavals and new questions occasioned by our aging. For example,

  • Are you wondering what is to come as you notice changes in your physical health?
  • Are you nearing the end of your career and beginning to ask yourself “Who am I, really?” and “What next?”
  • Are your priorities changing as you experience the loss of family, friends, and peers?

At the same time:

  • Are you experiencing greater freedom to live as your responsibilities and demands subside?
  • Are you looking forward to creating a new life thanks to the wisdom of your lived experience?
  • Are the questions of life's meaning and purpose becoming more important?

We cannot dodge the realities or the questions these upheavals of aging provoke and evoke. If we try to evade them, there are just too many reminders that we are aging. There is no denying the reality that we are aging and that we have lived more years of our lives than remain to be lived.

What can we do and how can we live fully in the face of such profound and sometimes frightening realities? We can re-envision our aging and seek the opportunities for growth that aging holds for us.

In this program, we will focus on the spiritual dimension of our life's journey. We will explore some of the spiritual opportunities and paths that are present in our aging.

About Bob Weber:

Recipient of the American Society on Aging's 2014 Religion, Spirituality, and Aging Award, Robert L. Weber, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Psychology, part-time at Harvard Medical School and a former Jesuit. He also serves as a Massachusetts General Hospital's Department of Psychiatry faculty member.

Bob has had a long-standing interest in the integration of psychology and spirituality. This interest is born of his profession as a clinical psychologist and his lifelong commitment to personal spiritual development as both a lay Catholic and former Jesuit. He has been working to integrate a third dimension, aging. This new initiative is not just academically or intellectually motivated. As a first year “baby boomer” himself (Bob was born in 1946), he has become increasingly aware of aging, both professionally and personally.

At his private practice, located in Cambridge, MA, he conducts psycho-spiritual issues groups. Bob also leads seminars, days of reflection and retreats in a variety of settings that integrate aging, spirituality, and mental health.

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Getting Caregivers to Accept Help with Dorian Mintzer and Viki Kind

So often, family caregivers are overwhelmed, but they won't ask for or accept help. Discover tools and communication strategies to help caregivers get past their barriers and begin to ask for and accept help. The goal is to ensure that caregivers are supported so that the person they care for is also safe and secure. The other outcome of ensuring the caregiver is supported is that they can make better future decisions because they come from a place of strength instead of weakness.

In this program, you’ll discover:

  • Viki's 4-Step Process for getting caregivers to ask for help.
  • What is care-grieving, and how it may limit the caregiver's ability to ask for help
  • How to help someone who is in denial or is overwhelmed by guilt to keep their balance through their caregiving journey

About Viki Kind:

Viki Kind is a clinical bioethicist, professional speaker, and hospice volunteer. Her award-winning book, The Caregiver's Path to Compassionate Decision Making: Making Choices For Those Who Can't, guides families and professionals who are making decisions for those who have lost capacity. Viki is known as “The People's Bioethicist” because she is a rare individual who bridges two worlds: the health care professional and the family struggling to make the right decision. She is an honorary board member of the Well Spouse Association and has been a caregiver to six family members for many years.

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