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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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The Caring Collaborative with Dorian Mintzer and Betsy Werley

In an era where we're living longer, families are far away, and we want to stay independent, self-help programs like the Caring Collaborative fill a gaping hole, whether you live in the suburbs or a city.

The Transition Network's Caring Collaborative program channels the goodwill of our community into practical help with health issues. Grocery shopping, sharing medical experiences, an escort to your rehab session, a note-taker during a doctor's visit – they're all on the Caring Collaborative's menu of ways participants can support each other. You'll learn about TTN's program – and how you can bring its benefits into small and large groups in your life.

In this episode, you will discover:

  • About The Transition Network's Caring Collaborative program, which taps into our community to transform goodwill into practical help
  • How to import Caring Collaborative activities into your own large or small groups
  • Success factors in launching a CC program

About Betsy Werley:

Betsy Werley, former Executive Director (2005-2013) of The Transition Network, is proud to be an “encore career” role model. She joined TTN in 2005 after spending 26 years in the for-profit sector, first as a corporate lawyer and then leading business projects at JPMorgan Chase. Her volunteer service as President of the Financial Women's Association was the catalyst for her decision to pursue a nonprofit job. She has also served as Director of Network Expansion for Encore. Org from 2013-2020 and is currently a freelance liaison to the Pass It On Network.

Betsy is a regular speaker on transitioning to the nonprofit sector and career transitions in general. Her transition story is featured in What's Next? How to Follow Your Passions to a Fantastic and Fulfilling New Career, by Kerry Hannon, AARP's Job expert; and The Big Shift by Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of

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What Do You Know About The Cards You’ve Been Dealt? with Dorian Mintzer and Andrea Gallagher

In her professional world, Andrea has seen her share of conversations between seniors, service providers, and family caregivers. In particular, when caring for an older adult, she sees how difficult it can be for others to really know what would bring that person joy and satisfaction.

Getting to the bottom of what is important to an individual's feeling of independence, happiness, and well-being is often obscured by how we go about those conversations. Where family caregivers may lack training, even professional service providers frequently enter into a dialogue that makes a senior feel embarrassed, disempowered ..or even worse, uninvolved in their own care.

Building on her years of nonprofit experience with seniors and their family caregivers, her own experience being cared for, and her understanding of what it means to be vital at any age – Andrea developed THE CARDS I'VE BEEN DEALT™.

THE CARDS I'VE BEEN DEALT™ uses a simple card game to gently shape the dialogue between families, care networks – and the individuals they support – to uncover what is truly important to the person. The Cards prompt players to express their wishes and goals in a way that invites conversation among all parties.

The goal is to use the three sets of cards to create a Life Plan that uncovers a path to joy and satisfaction in everyday living.

Join Andrea and Dorian to learn more about this innovative process that is being used in case management, in hospice care, and with adult children caring for an aging parent.

About Andrea Gallagher:

Andrea Gallagher, CSA®, is a for-profit and nonprofit corporate leader and change agent. Applying her twenty-five years of executive leadership and transformation experience, Andrea is innovating the senior and caregiver services world today.

Ten years ago, Andrea and her husband Peter “adopted” elderly neighbors and acted as caregivers for the couple as well as financial, legal, and medical powers of attorney. After their passing, Andrea became attracted to the idea that life planning could make inevitable life transitions much easier for individuals and their families. Since then, Andrea has dedicated her professional life to understanding the best practices to assist others in a positive aging experience.

Andrea is a Certified Senior Advisor®, Past President of the Life Planning Network, President of Senior Concerns, Life Transitions Chair, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Annual International Positive Aging Conferences, and editor and co-author of LIVE SMART AFTER 50! The Experts' Guide to Life Planning for Uncertain Times, creator of THE CARDS I'VE BEEN DEALT™, and seminar and workshop leader under RethinkingYourFuture™.

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