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The Spirituality of Age with Bob Weber and Carol Orsborn

As we enter the years beyond midlife, our quest for an approach to aging takes on added urgency and becomes even more relevant in our daily lives. Empowering a new generation of seekers to view aging as a spiritual path, authors Robert Weber and Carol Orsborn reveal that by engaging with the difficult questions about loss, meaning, and mortality — questions, we can no longer put off or ignore –that we continue to grow. In fact, the realization of our full spiritual potential comes about not by avoiding the challenges aging brings our way but by working through them.

In this episode, you'll discover:

  • The spiritual path is wide, and the spiritual tent is very large. If religion assists your spiritual growth in aging, be grateful. If you are spiritual but not religious, be grateful and continue to seek the path of spiritual opportunities inherent in your aging.
  • You, readers and listeners, are invited to grapple with the same 25 questions as the authors and to “live the questions” until you live your way through to your own answer, hopefully, encouraged by Bob and Carol's conversational and candid style, their insightful and compassionate guidance, and their anecdotes, inspirational readings, and spiritual exercises.
  • Grow whole and resilient, learning not only learn to cope–but also to soar – by engaging deeply with both the shadow and light sides of your own aging experience and by discovering that the spiritual opportunities of your life occur, not in spite of, but because of what you are facing and living.

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. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he has a psychological practice.

About Carol Orsborn:
Carol Orsborn, Ph.D., is the founder and editor-in-chief of Fierce with Age: The Digest of Boomer Wisdom, Inspiration, and Spirituality. The author of more than 20 books for and about the Boomer generation and popular blogs on Huffington Post, PBS's, and, Carol has a doctorate in the History and Criticism of Religion served on the faculties of Georgetown University and Loyola Marymount University. She lives in Madison, Tennessee.

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50+ Finding Your Life Balance Between Time, Money, and Joy with Dorian Mintzer and Glenn Frank

Think about it. Most decisions throughout life are an implicit tradeoff between time, money, and happiness. At this critical juncture, an explicit, step-by-step process could create the epiphany you desire while avoiding the outcome you may fear!

What does “retirement” look like for you? The devil is in the details. How will you actually spend each day when 40+ hours become available? Are your cash flows well planned and what are reasonable assumptions to use in your calculations? Do you know what will likely drive your happiness? Rather than a trial-and-error approach with seemingly endless options, it may be best first to determine what will actually work in your life!

Join award-winning financial advisor Glenn Frank while he walks you through his approach to define your next steps as discussed in his retirement planning guide, Your Encore – How to Balance Time, Money, and Joy. There are thousands of wonderful books on time management, finances, happiness, and purpose. This book uniquely connects these interrelated topics for people at their “What's Next” crossroads.

In this episode, you will discover:

  • How “The Joy Matrix” can simplify choice management (what you do and who you do it with) to boost your happiness.
  • How to roughly calculate “Your Work Optional Number.”
  • Common financial and emotional pitfalls.
  • How to begin maximizing your “Happiness per Dollar” and “Happiness per Hour.”

About Glenn Frank:

Glenn Frank is the Director of Education at Lexington Wealth Management. He maintains the website for his outside educational endeavors and to provide resources for his followers. As a financial advisor and educator for over 30 years, his work has centered on helping people maximize happiness within the confines of their personal time and financial limitations.

Glenn received the 2019 “Planner of the Year” award from the Massachusetts Financial Planning Association. He was listed by WORTH Magazine for ten years as one of the top advisors in the US. In 1996 Professor Frank was the founding director of Bentley University's Master's Program in Financial Planning.

Professor Frank has authored and has been interviewed for numerous articles, white papers, books, newspapers & magazines, and is the author of the book, Your Encore Retirement Planning Guide – How to Balance Time, Money and Joy. Glenn is a sought-after speaker at conferences, podcasts, and webinars.

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Vital Signs: The Nurture of Passion as We Age with Dorian Mintzer and Gregg Levoy

An affirmative approach to aging takes into account that new parts of us are always clamoring for airtime. The soul and spirit don't “retire” even if our careers do, and there's a difference between getting older and growing older.

These parts of us could be passions and creative leaps, service projects and leadership roles in the community, a new line of work or an exploration of some non-work modes of expression, or simply rediscovering the sense of wonder and love of learning. They ask us to continually reinvent ourselves and stay close to our deepest sense of passion and purpose.

In this episode, we'll explore the nature and nurture of passion as we age – what inspires it and what defeats it, how we lose it, and how we get it back.

In this episode, you'll discover:

  • Passion can be cultivated and turned on as well as turned off
  • Passion is in the risk-the willingness to step from the sidelines onto the playing field.
  • Passion breeds passion, and disinterest breeds disinterest. If we lack passion in our own lives, our other relationships will be denied that energy.
  • Passion is more than exuberance; it's endurance.
  • Passion is intimately related to health. To the degree passion is vitality, honoring our passions enhances our vitality.

About Gregg Levoy:

Gregg Levoy, author of Callings: Finding and Following An Authentic Life (rated among the Top 20 Career Publications by the Workforce Information Group) and Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion, is the former behavioral specialist at USA Today and a regular blogger for Psychology Today.

He has presented at the International Conference on Positive Aging, Smithsonian Institution, Environmental Protection Agency, Microsoft, American Counseling Association, National Career Development Association, and many others. He has been a frequent media guest, including ABC-TV, CNN, NPR, and PBS.

A former adjunct professor of journalism at the University of New Mexico and former columnist and reporter for USA Today and the Cincinnati Enquirer, he has written for the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Omni, Psychology Today, Fast Company, Reader's Digest, and many others.

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Caregiving and New Tools to Help Caregivers with Dorian Mintzer and Viki Kind

As a bioethicist, Viki Kind gets a lot of questions asking, “Did I do the right thing?” or “Is it time to.?” Her goal is to ensure caregivers make better decisions at the beginning so they aren't left with doubt and regret. Here are some typical questions she gets: I buried my mother and she wanted to be cremated; was I wrong? I don't know if I did the right thing when I told the doctor to take my husband off life support. Is it time to move my partner who has Parkinson's to a skilled nursing facility? Is it time for me to take my aunt's car keys away? There is an unrepresented patient and no conservators/guardians available, so who should make the decisions? I feel so guilty about … I think I made a mistake about …

The great thing about bioethics is that it has great decision-making tools that create person-centered, respectful, and compassionate decisions. She will share these strategies and approaches so you can be an empowered caregiver and decision-maker.

In this episode, you'll discover:

  • Bioethical strategies and approaches for making the tough medical decisions.
  • How to get past your guilt so you can live in peace.
  • How to recognize your role and obligations when making decisions for others.

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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Libraries Serving Older Adults through Community Partnership with Dorian Mintzer and Nancy Walton-House and Wendy Pender

Some library systems are changing their approach to better serve older adults.  In this interview you will learn how the King County Library System (KCLS) in Washington State is participating in and initiating community partnerships with individuals and organizations.  You will learn how the Aging Well Learning Community was a key influence in this movement.  You will learn how other community organizations have become partners as well.  At the present time, KCLS offers abundant programs on positive aging and welcoming meeting places that support the community.

In this episode, you'll discover:

  • The story of the Aging Well Learning Community
  • The development of the KCLS Older Adults Program
  • The definition and practice of community partnership
  • The engagement of KCLS community partners and implementation of Older Adults Programs

About Nancy Walton-House:

Nancy Walton-House is a semi-retired counseling psychologist and organization development consultant. She is an alumna of Seattle University, the University of Washington and the Organization Systems Renewal Program. She is a trained facilitator with the Northwest Center for Creative Aging. She taught in 4 universities, worked in seven medical centers in clinical and organization development roles and consulted with multiple organizations. She founded the Aging Well Learning Community in 2009 and continues to lead it today. The community meets monthly for an interactive program focused on positive aging with consciousness, courage and contribution. Members select by consensus a variety of literary, music and art projects for their programs, and the King County Library System hosts these programs.

About Wendy Pender:

In addition to her MLS from the University of Pittsburgh, Wendy Pender has a Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Washington and is a trained facilitator with the Northwest Center for Creative Aging. She has over 25 years of experience as a librarian and branch manager, and now serves as Older Adults Program Coordinator at the King County Library System (KCLS) in Washington State, one of the largest and busiest library systems in the U.S. In 2016, the Urban Libraries Council honored Wendy at its annual conference in Kansas City as one of the recipients of a 2016 Top Innovator Award.

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