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Growing Older with Gusto
18 minutes | May 13, 2021
Better tune-up your driving OR ELSE! – Henry Ramirez
https://amzn.to/3w3m2oX Our first episode in May for Growing Older With Gusto has us exploring the ways we can continue to drive as we grow older without being a hazard on the road. Our guest, Henry Rameriz, of Oakland, California is an expert in anything to do with driving. His background as a California Highway Patrol, and owner of the Bay Area Driving School provides him with lots of experience. Some of the topics we discussed are: Teaching nuns at a convent to drive Unusual teachers at his Driving School The Consequences of Marijuana on driving Road Rage How to Fix Traffic Collision Problems Ways of Getting Older Family Members off The Road Henry is also the author of “ Driver TuneUp” available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Lulu Books. Put in those earbuds and take a Spring Walk as you learn some insightful tips on deriving as we grow older!
21 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
How one epidemiologist found himself being held at bayonet point!
Dr. Michael Kogan Our most recent guest on the Show is Dr. Michael Kogan, an epidemiologist with the US Health & Human Services Department. He is extremely involved with helping children, and currently directs the child heath epidemiology office in Washington, DC. Admittingly, he has realized that his perceptions of growing older have evolved since he was in his 40’s. Now, he recognizes that people will listen to older people, and even his adult children want to spend more time with him! His curious and passionate nature has taken him to Columbia during the 80’s where he was captured by gorillas to Nova Scotia where he spent time working in a bakery. The recent pandemic has made him more aware of the nature of people and what we need to do to grow older with gusto! Some of the topics we talked about include: Getting arrested in Columbia Working in a bakery in Nova Scotia Helping young women in his office with STEM. His greatest professional achievement. The greatest challenges he faces at H&HS. Take a listen while you enjoy your first Spring Walk. Our conversation is the perfect length to enjoy nature and learn something, too!!
21 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
Moving from continent to continent and still Growing Older with Gusto with author Julie Sursok
Put in those earbuds and listen to our latest guest, Julie Sursok, who comes to us from Sydney, Australia. Julie is a great example of someone who exemplifies “growing older with gusto” by walking the talk. She has moved from continent to continent, lost everything, regained everything, and now has turned her story into a highly regarded book. This weeks’ show highlights parts of her life story, and also how she came about writing this book. The book is called, “I’m Now Called A Senior – WTF”. She shares with us the path to publishing, and also some hilarious subjects she has encountered as an aging boomer. She talks about various subjects we encounter as we grow older and puts a humorous spin on them. Some examples are: Travelling Separate Bedrooms Medical Checks Downsizing Technical Faux Pas She is sometimes referred to as the female Jerry Seinfeld! Please take a listen and make a comment! Also, share with other friends this inspiring & hilarious episode!
24 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
Tips for Avoiding Online Dating Scammers with Ardee Krause
Ardee Krause Today’s episode deals with a topic that many people who are growing older with gusto are encountering — online dating. Widows, divorcees, and never married women are flocking to online dating sites as another avenue of meeting men. Our guest today, Ardee Kraus, has had lots of experience in her attempts to widen her circle of friends and meet a new man. She started out as a widow joining special interest groups hoping to meet men which didn’t happen. This is the reason she turned to online dating. Her adventures and misadventures are all captured in this episode. They are very telling and informative on what to watch out for and how to attract the right type of man. Ardee has developed a checklist of ways women can identify scammers and here are some of them: Profile Pictures Demographic Information or Profile Initial comments What they ask for Answers to your questions and concerns Listen to this episode and discover how to identify if someone is scamming or real. It’s a humorous account from a woman who maintains a positive spirit throughout as she recounts her experiences. The episode is the perfect length of time for a Spring walk!
19 minutes | Mar 20, 2021
What happens when you interview 40 people over 90!
This show’s episode is with Sky Bergman, an award-winning photographer who is getting ready to take her talents to new heights! Sky’s documentary called, Lives Well Lived: Celebrating the Secrets, Wit and Wisdom of Old Age, will be seen on PBS. It’s a fantastic documentary that covers Sky’s four years of interviewing 40 people over the age of 90. She describes it as “40 People, 3000 Years of Collective Life Experience” Sky’s career has encompassed many other accomplishments. These include having her Fine Art work included in permanent collections at The LA County Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and the Bibliotheque National de France. Her commercial work has appeared on book covers for Random House and Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, Inc. Magazine that use her work include Smithsonian, Readers Digest and Archaeology Odyssey. Currently, Sky is working as a Professor of Photography and Video at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, California. The episode highlights how Sky became inspired for her work, how she went about doing it, and what the future looks like after completing the documentary. Her next project is called The Intergenerational Project and she speaks a bit about how her students have created bonds with older generations and come away with a new sense of what life can be like from different perspectives. View us on our YouTube Channel, Growing Older With Gusto, share with your friends, and Subscribe!
13 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
Learn How To Get Unstuck! with Lucia Knight
Today’s episode explores the method for finding oneself & re-inventing ones life at mid-life and beyond. Our guest, Lucia Knight comes to us from the UK where she started a business called MidLife Unstuck and wrote a book, XChange. Lucia took the bold and gusto move of piecing together her work and life experience pre-midlife to helping others get unstuck in both their careers and life! The show discusses how she used what she calls “Experiments” to jumpstart her own life, create a fulfilling older life, and ultimately help others discover and identify their life passions and move forward. Her “experiments” started slowly and gained momentum when she shared them with friends who hopped on the bandwagon. One example is climbing the French Alps in a short period of time. She refers to “Fierce Midlife Experiments” which often involve physicality and the tenacity to try totally out of the box activities. She touches on what she calls ones “SuperPowers” and provides the framework for everyone to dig in and figure out what exactly are their SuperPowers!! Everyone has 4-5 things they do better than other people and enjoy. Her “Fierce Emporium” is another offering that Lucia provides for those interested in identifying 8 traits for their “Fierce Cube.” So, take a listen to Lucia and get inspired!! Our chat is the perfect length for a 20 minute walk for those in warmer climes or for sitting with a cup of hot chocolate if you are spending time indoors right now. Lucia Knight can be contacted at her website: midlifeunstuck.com
27 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
Age Is Just a Number with Chicken Soup for the Soul author Amy Newmark
Amy Newmark, author, editor-in-chief and publisher of the Chicken Soup For The Soul book series is our first guest of 2021 on Growing Older With Gusto. Her writing career began in college when she travelled throughout Brazil interviewing regular people as part of her senior honors thesis at Harvard College. Amy worked for three decades on Wall Street and became a hedge fund manager and tells us how writing was always a part of her pathway in the world of finance. 2008! The year that Amy circled back to writing when she and her husband Bill acquired the Soup for The Soul Brand. Amy refreshed it, brought it up to speed with her perspective, and the brand is a BRAND NEW success story. More than 170 new books have been published since 2008, with most of them becoming national bestsellers here in the US and Canada. Her latest book, Age Is Just A Number, 101 Tales of Humor and Wisdom for Life, is flying off the shelves. How amazing to bring an old soul to life again!
27 minutes | Jan 11, 2021
Comedienne, Burlesque Star And Singer Performs on Growing Older With Gusto!
Lynn Ruth Miller Our first episode of the year, 2021 is introducing the oldest living female comedienne. She claims that is an apt description because she is the “oldest standing female comedienne! Based in London, Lynn Ruth Miller has been a guest on America’s Got Talent, Britain’s Got Talent and recently published her memoir, Getting The Last Laugh a tale of the steps she took to get to where she is at age 87. Some of the topics we talked about are: How she got to where she is today. Pleasant surprises when she got out of her comfort zone. Her secret sauce for living a fulfilling life. Early advice in life that she followed. Why she has lived to 87. What advice she would give her 40 year old self today. How she feels about ageism in todays world. The most important things in life from her vantage point. What is happiness? Surprisingly, she ends the episode by singing a song about COVID!! She has a good voice for singing, and for communicating her wisdom on life! The interview is a perfect length for taking a walk in nature or kicking back in front of a warm fireplace!
19 minutes | Dec 18, 2020
Eileen Williams Five Key Ways to Age With Authenticity
Eileen Willams Our guest on the show this week is Eileen Williams, an author, blogger, speaker and podcast host. Her blog and podcast, both called Feisty Side of Fifty, focus on the lifestyle of the baby boomer generation. Her career has encompassed 20+ years of working as a career strategist for people looking to change careers. She’s been a frequent speaker on both radio and TV, and has been interviewed for various publications; Market Watch, Money Magazine, Kiplinger to name a few. Our conversation with Eileen on our podcast, GrowingOlder With Gusto, focuses on how the years beyond Fifty can be vital, and a time to really do what ever you want. It’s a time where people know themselves better, have more freedom to explore, and can achieve more than they ever imagined. Eileen shares with our viewers and listeners the Five Key Ways to Age With Authenticity. The Five Keys are: Identify the Gift of Growing Older Live with Conscious Intention Honoring and Sharing Your Unique Talents Stepping Outside of Your Comfort Zone Give Yourself Permission to Thrive She ends the Episode by telling us about the 3 things our listeners can do daily to grow older authentically. This show is the perfect episode to inspire you as you start thinking about ways of making a fresh start in 2021!
24 minutes | Dec 11, 2020
Airline for rescue dogs only? Yes with Dog As My Co-Pilot Peter Rork
Our guest on the show this week is Peter E. Rork, MD, who practiced orthopedic surgery for 30 years before pivoting to a totally new business! His business has been showcased on CBS Sunday Morning, NBC, Fox & The Hallmark Channel. Peter decided to rewire, and not retire after a life altering event in 2012, by putting together his skills as a certified flight instructor and pilot (started flying at age 12) with his passion for transporting his furry friends (dogs and cats) to what he calls their “fur-ever” homes. His business for dogs at risk is called “Dog As My Co-Pilot” and operates from Jackson Hole, Wyoming! He began the business by flying rescue animals from the Rocky Mountains, southwest, and Pacific regions of the country. Many of the pets come from Texas, and there are current plans to expand to other parts of the country that are in great need of his service. The name of his NFP business stems from knowing that once the dogs get in the plane and up in the air they become calm. He feels it’s “like they know they are on a flight to freedom — and are truly his co-pilots”! His motto is “Leave No Dog Behind” and he and his limited staff work energetically to make sure all dogs are adopted and/or placed in no-kill shelters. The coordination of placement in adoption centers, and the flying of the pets take incredible tenacity with Peter making several stops a day while transporting the pets. A new affiliate of “Dog As My Co-Pilot” is Wondercide, an Austin based business that provide natural products for dogs and the home. Proceeds from this year will go towards a flight for the dogs. I asked him for advice for people growing older with gusto who want to help out. He suggests adopting an older dog, volunteering at a no-kill shelter, or just dropping off food and supples. For listeners who want to donate to a great cause or reach out to Peter Rork, M.D., and become a squadron go to https://dogcopilot.org Enjoy listening to the fascinating story of Peter Rork, MD, and how he went from helping people as a surgeon, to helping pets fly to freedom!
22 minutes | Jul 17, 2020
Michelle Dresbold Handwriting Expert
Meet Michelle Dresbold, internationally renowned handwriting expert! She is the author of Sex, Lies and Handwriting. Dubbed the “Handwriting Doctor” she is an expert in using her skills to help solve a kidnapping, arson, murder, voter embezzlement, forgery and stalking cases for police departments and the FBI. Her most recent work involves working with the Canadian police to analyze the handwriting of a man who carried off the largest mass shooting in Canadian history! Listen in as she tells us how she became an expert in solving criminal cases, and reveals how her skills tap into the handwriting of the notorious criminal minds
25 minutes | Jul 15, 2020
A conversation with pancreatic cancer survivor Ken Brown
I had the pleasure of recently having Ken Brown, as a guest on our podcast Growing Older with Gusto. Ken is the third person in our collaborative series we are doing with The Lustgarten Foundation. The Lustgarten Foundation is the largest foundation solely dedicated to the research of pancreatic cancer. All administrative expenses are underwritten, and donations go directly to research. Ken Brown being surprised at his 70th birthday party! This is what we talked to Ken about on the podcast: Talk about your life pre and post-diagnosis. What has changed for you? Your glass is always totally full. Tell us about how you maintain your great attitude while being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. What goals have you set up for yourself in the future? How do relationships impact your health and recovery? You maintain a work out schedule and a specific diet. Talk to us about what it is that helped you during your treatment and post-treatment. Describe to us how helpful The Lustgarten was to you upon receiving your diagnosis and afterward? This interview provides so much energy and information to everybody. It’s a perfect length to listen to while you take a walk! Host Gail Zugerman shows her support for the Lustgarten Foundation
18 minutes | Jun 26, 2020
A peek into Lustgarten Foundation fundraising efforts with Jason Rice
What is the Future of Fundraising? How does becoming Virtual play into the landscape? How do you maintain momentum to support an important cause? Jason Rice, the National Director of Development and Events for the Lustgarten Foundation dives into his 20+ years working with health-related not for profits to steer the Foundation in the right direction. Listen in to our interview with Jason and learn how to support and get involved with an important cause. Host Gail Zugerman shows her support for the Lustgarten Foundation
23 minutes | Jun 19, 2020
Kerri Kaplan, President and CEO Of The Lustgarten Foundation
Doing what matters. This is what Kerri Kaplan, President & CEO of The Lustgarten Foundation does every day! With this episode, we begin a collaboration between Growing Older with Gusto and The Lustgarten Foundation, the largest organization ‘for pancreatic cancer research, because health is so important as we grow older. So, Kerri is up first on the show! You will find Kerri is so very passionate about her work at the Lustgarten Foundation as she shares with us what the Lustgarten Foundation is up to today and how far they have come. She talks about the “Big Tuna” and the “Felix” projects which are all promising. Early detection, treatments, and a cure are all on her radar! Come listen and heighten your awareness about a critical disease for our times. Host Gail Zugerman shows her support for the Lustgarten Foundation
25 minutes | Jun 16, 2020
Introduction to Joan Craig – ChooseJoyfulHealth.com
Meet Joan Craig, founder of ChooseJoyfulHealth.com. CEO has a new meaning. CHIEF EXPERT OCCUPANT is who you are, and also who you can be. Joan Craig took an experience living in Honduras and turned it into a business. She can take anybody from 40 – 65 and give them a plan on how to move forward with balance, stamina and joy. A couple of her programs include Posture School which she designs according to specific needs, and the Boost Program where she will do a deep dive one-on-one with you. Make sure your earbuds are working well, and take a listen to how Joan Craig and ChooseJoyfulHealth.com can help you Grow Older With Gusto!
24 minutes | Jan 10, 2020
Deacon Leonard Richardson
This is a story about an 82-year-old man who made a life-altering change at age 50 by allowing his faith, his energy and his love of life, family and friends to steer him into becoming a Deacon at age 53. Deacon Leonard Richardson, tells us on the podcast how his connection to family, friends, and his Catholic religion were the guideposts along the way to becoming an example of how to grow older with gusto! He is always open to change that points people in “the right direction, and talks about marching with Martin Luther King from Marquette Park here in Chicago back in the day! He lives by the universal adages, “Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You” and “We Shall Love Our Neighbors As Ourselves”.
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