Category Archives for Retirement Life

Who Do You Want to Be When You Grow Old? with Richard Leider

There are 75 million Americans over the age of sixty, many of them looking to continue the personal growth journey that has been the hallmark of their generation. They want to grow old, not just get old. The path of purposeful aging is accessible to all — and it’s fundamental to health, happiness, and longevity. Just floating along from one year to the next, accepting things as they present themselves without question or intention, is a surefire recipe for dissatisfaction and despair in later life.

The traditional milestones of old age — retirement, the death of one’s parents, grandchildren, etc., are no longer definitive of what it means to be old. Now, it’s more about choices; we’re freer now to decide for ourselves what being old means and how we intend to live our later years. But that requires us to confront default choices and reject easy answers. It means honestly exploring tough questions like, “Am I really living my life or someone else’s version of it?” and “What’s missing in my life?”

Discovering who you want to be when you grow old starts first with determining your purpose. Purpose is a verb; it is action-oriented and dynamic. It is the answer to the question, “Why do you get up in the morning?” If there’s something you love to do — write, solve technical problems or cook — that is likely one of the gifts you need for your purpose. When you combine that gift with your passions and values, that can be an indicator of your purpose.

In this program, you’ll discover the three-step framework for unlocking purpose: Find out how you want to help; Find out who you want to help; and Find out what energizes you (and what drains you).

Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Time: 12:00 noon Eastern (9:00 AM Pacific, 10 AM Mountain, 11 AM Central, and 6 AM Hawaiian)

Topic: Who Do You Want to Be When You Grow Old?

Speaker: Richard Leider, founder of Inventure–The Purpose Company, one of American’s preeminent Executive-Life Coaches

About Richard Leider

Internationally bestselling author and coach, Richard Leider, is the founder of Inventure-The Purpose Company, where the mission is to help people to “unlock the power of purpose” and answer that question. He is ranked by Forbes as one of the “Top 5” most respected coaches. Along the way, Richard has written eleven books including three best-sellers which have sold over one million copies. The Power of Purpose and Repacking Your Bags are considered classics in the personal growth field. His latest book, Who Do You Want to Be When You Grow Old? is a defining book on the power of purposeful aging.

Widely viewed as a pioneer of the global purpose movement, his work has been featured in many media sources, and his PBS special, The Power of Purpose, was viewed by millions of people. He has taken his purpose message to all 50 states, Canada, and 4 continents, and he has advised everyone from AARP to the National Football League to the U.S. State Department. During his career, Richard has addressed more than two million people worldwide in his speeches to corporate, association, and social service groups. He and his wife, Sally, live in the Minneapolis, MN area.

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

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 program, 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

Date: Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Time: 12:00 noon Eastern (9:00 AM Pacific, 10 AM Mountain, 11 AM Central, and 6 AM Hawaiian)

Topic: Light Years: Intergenerational Stories of Resilience, Creativity, and Meaning in Later Life

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

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, has had several audio interviews broadcast on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and serves 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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How to Live Forever with Marc Freedman

How to Live Forever is a deeply personal call to find fulfillment and happiness in our longer lives by connecting with the next generation and forging a legacy of love that lives beyond us. In writing How to Live Forever, Marc Freedman set out to answer three critical questions:

  • With so many living so much longer, what do the increasing years beyond 50 mean?
  • How can a society with more older people than younger ones thrive?
  • How do we find happiness when we know life is long and time is short?

These are big questions that invite us to explore how we live our daily lives. Freedman found insights by exploring purpose and generativity, digging into the drive for longevity and the perils of age segregation, and talking to social innovators across the globe bringing the generations together for mutual benefit as well as his own mentors.

In this program, you’ll discover how to find fulfillment and happiness in our longer lives by connecting with the next generation and forging a legacy of love that lives beyond us.

About Marc Freedman

Marc Freedman, the President and CEO of, is a renowned social entrepreneur, thought leader and writer. Under Marc’s leadership, has pioneered innovative programs and sparked a growing movement in the United States and beyond to tap the talent and experience of people past midlife as a human resource for solving our most vexing social problems. Programs such as Civic Ventures, Experience Corps, Discovering What’s Next and the Life Planning Network are a few examples of programs that have been sparked by Marc’s vision.

He was a visiting fellow at King’s College, University of London and a visiting scholar at Stanford University during 2014-15. Marc is a member of the Wall Street Journal’s “Experts” panel and a frequent commentator in the media. He was named a 2014 Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the World Economic Forum and the Schwab Foundation and is the recipient of the 2010 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. He co-founded Experience Corps, mobilizing thousands of individuals over 50 to improve the school performance and prospects of low-income elementary school students in 22 U.S. cities, and spearheaded the creation of the Purpose Prize, an annual $100,000 prize for social entrepreneurs in the second half of life.

Marc is the author of several books, including his newest book, How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations, focusing on bringing older and younger people together for mutual benefit and the greater good of society, which will be published by Hachette Book Group in November 2018.

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Emotional Planning for Retirement with Louise Nayer

Though most people spend countless hours doing financial planning for retirement, how many people do emotional planning? Retirement is a huge transition, and it’s important to think not only about how much money you’ll have, but also how you will create the kind of life you want.

Whether you are about to retire, newly retired or have been retired for a long time, it’s never too late to talk openly about how you feel and the difficulties and joys of retirement.

In this program, you will discover the importance of articulating anxieties about retirement, including:

  • Making the Decision
  • Fears of Isolation and Losing a Community
  • Fears of Losing Your Identity
  • Trusting Yourself
  • Fears of Getting Sick
  • Calming exercises
  • Maintaining a healthy and fulfilling retirement

About Louise Nayer

Louise Nayer grew up in New York City, received a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin and later a Master of Arts in Humanities from SUNY Buffalo where she studied with poets Robert Creeley and John Logan. In 1976 she put all her belongings in a ’68 Camaro and moved to San Francisco where she dedicated her life to writing and teaching.

She is the author of five books, most recently Poised for Retirement: Moving from Anxiety to Zen. She kept a journal for the five months before she left her community college teaching job and wrote about the importance of emotional planning for retirement. That book also offers calming exercises to help people through that time. Her book, Burned: A Memoir, was an Oprah Great Read and winner of the Wisconsin Library Association Award. That book chronicles the devastating effects of an explosion in Cape Cod that burned her parents when she was four years old and left her mother facially disfigured. That book outlines the lasting effects of child-parent separation. She has also written for OZY and the San Francisco Chronicle and has been interviewed in Forbes Magazine.

She is a long-time educator and member of the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto. She teaches memoir classes at the Grotto, through OLLI at UC Berkeley and works with people individually. She has given readings of her work at universities and bookstores all over the country and has been interviewed widely on radio including on NPR. She has two grown daughters and a step-daughter and lives with her husband and dog, Ella, in Glen Park in San Francisco.

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How Many Balls Are You Juggling?

by Guest Blogger Denise Archie

How many balls are you juggling …………………..and who gets the crumbs? Where is the fun factor?

Do we on a daily basis consider all aspects of our lives? For example, has anyone ever come home from work and their loved ones asks, “Darling what would you like for dinner?”’ and our response is, “I don’t care, don’t ask me!”

Yes, you have used up your decision- making voucher at work and your family gets the crumbs.

How do we ensure that the lovely part of us turns up every day in all that we do and say, and no-one gets the crumbs, especially ourselves?

So how many balls are we juggling on a daily basis?

Some of the “balls” may include family (all members),  work relationships, friends, hobbies, social activities, our health and wellbeing, our creativity, and self-expression, finances, career, time management, concern for the environment, concern for humanity, volunteer work and our own personal development.

When we consider all of these aspects of our lives and we put our energy into them, it’s easy to feel that there is not a lot left over. Does this feel familiar to you?

Since I work in the leadership and management space, I often ask the participants about their career track. It is interesting that those who began in a “trade” area and move to management mention that the one thing they really miss is the tools. I then ask them where in their calendar (whether it be once a month or every two months) is time allocated for you to spend time with the team on the job. – Is this an example of settling for the crumbs.

Do we need to settle for crumbs in our relationships? Who has trained you to leave them alone?

Do you ever feel like you never have a “win” in a particular relationship?

One of the lessons I learned very early in my own personal development was to use a strategy that my children played which was “guess the person who I have on my head?”

If I was to ask you to think of someone that you get on really well with– what would the label be above their heads. ……. Friend, confidant, someone you can trust?

If I was to ask you to think of someone that you don’t get on so well with– what would the label be above their heads? ….yes that one!

What I realised was that when we meet someone,  we all have a label that we place on their heads  (whether consciously or unconsciously) and that is how we speak to them.

Let me share a story:

A friend of mine had a very important meeting to attend. On a scale of 1 – 10 of excitement, his was about minus 100. I asked him, “What was the label he saw or had a sense of above this person’s head?”

His response was far from complimentary.

I asked if he could consider changing the label and see a “lovely lady” – his response was, “She is no lady.” I asked if he could see a lovely lady – we laughed. He went off to his meeting and rang me once it was over. I asked how the meeting went and he said it went surprisingly well. I asked him what label did he see above her head and he said “lady.” That was a big step up for him.

So let me ask you – what labels do you have above the heads of your colleagues and/ or some family members?

Would a change in the label result in a change in your tone of voice and responses to their conversation, and  stop” the crumbs”  from being in this relationship?

So what are you going to do to stop accepting crumbs in any part of your life? What is one action you can take right here right now?

About Denise Archie

Denise_ArchieDenise is an entrepreneur and is recognized as a ‘pioneer’ in the area of vocational education and training, coaching and mentoring, and elearning. Over the last 20 years, Denise has founded and built several businesses, including one of the first in Australia in online learning. (Imagine during 1998 explaining to potential clients how online learning works, and could change the way training was delivered – she was viewed with much scepticism – read ‘as though she had two heads!’)

Denise is recognized as a leader and one of Australia’s experts in her field of learning, development and innovation. During this time Denise has worked successfully with over 40,000 people, from many blue chip companies across Australia and New Zealand. She has conducted workshops, and as a professional coach and mentor, has created powerful transformational results both personally and professionally for her clients, allowing empowering life changes to occur.

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