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35 minutes | 7 days ago
33: Mental Health Advocate + Caregiver Daughter Keyanna Blass
Keyanna Blass' dad was in and out of her life growing up. A veteran in his 70s, Joseph Blass has struggled with drug addiction, schizophrenia, dementia, and homelessness. However, throughout the years, he has created unique and imaginative pieces of art. In this interview, Keyanna reflects on how the relationship with her father has evolved over time and how his psychological conditions motivated her to amplify the spotlight on mental health in the black community. Furthermore, she talks about Joseph's artwork, which she is featuring on the @art_by_josephblass Instagram account.View PDF TranscriptKeyanna's Recommendations:- Brené Brown- Dr. Andrew Huberman- Esther HicksShuva's Recommendation:- Law of Attraction Changed My Life podcastIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts.
28 minutes | 14 days ago
32: Dallas-Based COVID Vaccine Resource Leader Renae Perry
Renae Perry is the chief operating officer at The Senior Source, a nonprofit organization serving older adults and family caregivers in the greater Dallas area for nearly 60 years. Since the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Texas, Renae and her team have been instrumental in ensuring older adults stay informed and have their questions answered.In this interview, Renae discusses how The Senior Source has helped elderly residents get vaccine appointments. Furthermore, she talks about the importance of collaborating with the health department and other local officials to make sure information about vaccine availability and effectiveness is effectively communicated – especially among underserved populations. Finally, Renae shares ideas on how someone can help an elderly person – such as a neighbor or family member – who has yet to be vaccinated.View PDF TranscriptIf you have someone in your life unsure about being vaccinated, check out Vaccine Resources: Benefits vs. Myths. This document, created by The Senior Source, includes links to relevant YouTube videos that address common concerns. Renae's Recommendations:- Stamped From The Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi- The Great British Baking ShowShuva's Recommendation:- Libby app (for checking out e-books and audio books from your local library)If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts.Interested in starting your own podcast? Sign up here for your own Buzzsprout account.
7 minutes | 19 days ago
Season 4 Preview
In Season 4, I have eights episodes of guests whose experiences have shaped their narratives and aim to challenge our own beliefs of what’s possible.Four of my guests are from my home state of Iowa. The others are from Texas, Arizona, Washington state, Colorado, and England. This preview episode introduces the following guests:5/4 Ep. 32: Dallas-Based COVID Vaccine Resource Leader Renae Perry5/11 Ep. 33: Mental Health Advocate + Caregiver Daughter Keyanna Blass5/18 Ep. 34: Ola Possible Creators Jami Morton + Mary Olson5/25 Ep. 35: Grandfather's Health Journey Chronicler Devin Perreault6/1 Ep. 36: Iowa Aging-in-Place Nonprofit Co-Founder Susan Shullaw6/8 Ep. 37: University of Iowa Device Advice Leaders Evita Woolsey + Ken Brown6/15 Ep. 38: Tik Tok Grandma Mary Jo Laupp6/22 Ep. 39: Re-Creator of Iconic Album Covers Robert Speker View PDF TranscriptFind out more about podcast on the Untrained Wisdom blog, where you can find some FAQs about the show. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts.Interested in starting your own podcast? Sign up here for your own Buzzsprout account.
33 minutes | a month ago
BONUS: Introduction to Podcast Listening
In late February 2021, host Shuva Rahim presented a webinar to a group of senior citizens that focused on introducing learners about how to listen to podcasts. This bonus episode is an edited version of that class, which was made possible through TRAIL of Johnson County and the Iowa City Senior Center.Listeners can follow along by viewing the visual presentation.View PDF TranscriptIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts.Interested in starting your own podcast? Sign up here for your own Buzzsprout account.
53 minutes | 3 months ago
31: Birds of Prey Facilitator for War Vets Patrick Bradley
Patrick Bradley learned a lot about Bald eagles in the most unexpected way imaginable: spending three years in the Canadian wilderness after returning home from the Vietnam War. The isolated experience up north helped him recover from what is more commonly known today as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Years later, Patrick's life would lead him to help other wounded warriors – his efforts formalized through the Avian Veteran Alliance, a nonprofit he co-founded that pairs veterans suffering from PTSD and physical injuries with injured birds of prey. The book The Eagle on My Arm: How the Wilderness and Birds of Prey Saved a Veteran's Life by Dava Guerin and Terry Bivens chronicles Patrick's story of how the soldier used his years of study and solitude to face his demons and turn his pain into helping others.In this interview, Patrick talks about his first experience seeing a Bald eagle in Canada – the starting point of what would serve as a lifelong love with birds of prey. He shares about how he reshaped a volunteer program in a nature preserve in Florida and witnessed the transformation in his son Skylar, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, when given a bird to walk. Patrick also discusses birds he's worked with, the experience vets have after walking with the injured creatures, and how his work led him to spend time with former U.S. President George H. W. Bush, who gifted the younger veteran with his challenge coin. (To learn about challenge coins, listen to this episode of 99% Invisible).View PDF TranscriptPatrick's Recommendations:- Books by Dava Guerin- 22aDay MovementShuva's Recommendation:- Iowa Raptor ProjectCheck out these recommendations and more on the Untrained Wisdom Pinterest page. Find out more about podcast on the Untrained Wisdom blog, where you can find some FAQs about the show. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts.Interested in starting your own podcast? Sign up here for your own Buzzsprout account.
43 minutes | 3 months ago
30: Equine-Inspired Leadership + Life Coach Cheri Villa
Cheri Villa's affinity for horses stemmed from toys, books, and TV shows she was a youngster – not from being around the majestic creatures like many kids. So, years later, when she articulated her desire to have a horse – something that didn't make conventional sense since she never grew up learning to ride – little did she realize that admission would lead her to relocate in 2019 from an intense-paced life in the Washington, D.C.-area to a quaint horse farm in Ocala, Florida.In this interview, Cheri talks about how she followed her strong desire to shift her life and follow her purpose. Previously the Chief Operating Officer for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, she became a quick study on caring for horses and eventually starting Pegasus Horse Wisdom, a leadership and life coaching business anchored by her equines. Cheri discusses the role her horses have in helping her clients, many of whom are women in life or career transitions. She also shares tidbits of life with her animals on Instagram (@serenity_at_tudorfarm) and on YouTube (Tudor Farm).View PDF TranscriptCheri's Recommendations:- Mindvalley online personal growth learning platform- Brendon Burchard, high performance and personal development coach- Earthing by Clinton Ober, Dr. Stephen Sinatra, and Martin Zucker Shuva's Recommendation:- Seabiscuit by Laura HillenbrandCheck out these recommendations and more on the Untrained Wisdom Pinterest page.Also, if you or someone you know is unfamiliar or new to podcasts and would like to know the basics about how to access and listen to them, check out this blog post to learn how you can be part of a free online talk Shuva will give on Friday, Feb. 26 at 3:30 p.m. CST.If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts.Check out the Untrained Wisdom blog for some FAQs about the show.Interested in starting your own podcast? Sign up here for your own Buzzsprout account.
27 minutes | 3 months ago
29: Therapy Llama Trainer Niki Kuklenski
Niki Kuklenski of Washington state has been involved with llamas since she was a youngster. After graduating from college, she went on to train the top show llama of all time. Following his success, Eagle became registered for therapy work with Pet Partners, a national organization that registers nine different species of animals for such purposes. Since that time, Niki's therapy animal registrations include more than 10 different llamas.In this interview, the schoolteacher talks about the impact llamas can have on senior citizens in residential care facilities and the benefit of such visits for the animals. Furthermore, she shares the importance of being aware of how llamas react to community environments so they don't feel stressed or upset. With her many years of experience, Niki serves as a valuable resource and expert when it comes to educating the public about llamas and guiding people interested in working with the species in a therapy capacity. She shares her knowledge and daily experiences freely online in various places - including her website (jnkllamas.com), Facebook page (Registered Therapy Llamas), and Instagram account (@therapyllamas). View PDF TranscriptNiki's Recommendation:- Heartfelt Connections by Anne E. BeallShuva's Recommendation:- Prairie Patch Farm near Cedar Rapids, IowaIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts. Check out the Untrained Wisdom blog for some FAQs about the show.Interested in starting your own podcast? Sign up here for your own Buzzsprout account.
33 minutes | 3 months ago
28: Arizona Pet Project Executive Director Leanna Taylor
The Arizona Pet Project is a nonprofit headquartered in Phoenix that focuses on building safer, healthier communities for people and their pets. In this interview, Executive Director Leanna Taylor talks about the work the organization does for people who may be struggling to care for their pets - many of whom are senior citizens on fixed incomes and are experiencing mental or physical challenges as they navigate through transitions in life.Leanna also talks about how the organization came to fruition, the progress it's made in helping keep pets with their elderly owners, and the services offered to ensure animals are taken care of while their owners work toward getting their lives stabilized.View PDF TranscriptLeanna's Recommendations:- Nice White Parents podcast- ArizonaShuva's Recommendation:- Rock'n Roll Arizona Half Marathon Check out the Untrained Wisdom blog to learn about behind-the-scenes decisions about the show.If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts.Interested in starting your own podcast? Sign up here for your own Buzzsprout account.
32 minutes | 4 months ago
27: Unicorn Jazz Chief Fun Officer Dr. Chris Herzig
Dr. Chris Herzig is a full-time radiologist in southern California who – in partnership with his wife, Lisa – produces fun learning tools for young school-aged students. His work with Unicorn Jazz, an educational children's community brand that includes books and an Amazon TV show, allows Chris to explore new technologies and creative projects that don't play a role in his medical career. In addition, his science background serves as a foundation to incorporate left-brained learning - especially about nature and different animal species - to the fantasy landscape whose aim is to teach youngsters about belonging, being unique, and believing in others. In this interview, Chris talks about his willingness to stretch himself by trying new things and how working in a pandemic has positively impacted the Unicorn Jazz community. He also shares details about two upcoming children's books in which he collaborated. View PDF TranscriptChris' Recommendation:- Mammoth Lakes, CA Shuva's Recommendation:- Amtrak's Coast Starlight routeIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts.Interested in starting your own podcast? Sign up here for your own Buzzsprout account.
34 minutes | 4 months ago
26: "Harley's Great Adventure" Author Kim Findlay
Only one week after she retired as the CEO and president of a science museum in Iowa, Kim Findlay and her husband left their home to explore the western U.S. in their RV. With them was their 10-year-old Golden Retriever, Harley, who the couple adopted when he was 8 weeks old. In the months to follow Kim's observations of how Harley responded to the world around him, coupled with the dog's changing health, prompted her to celebrate the furry family member in the form of a children's picture book published in 2020 called Harley's Great Adventure: Meeting Change with Courage and Kindness.In this interview, Kim shares about how Harley spent his days before the RV adventure began, how the process of writing a book took shape, as well as the feedback she got after publication from family and friends. Furthermore, she shares what she hopes the book will bring to readers of all ages.View PDF TranscriptKim's Recommendation:- 1SE appIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts.Interested in starting your own podcast? Sign up here for your own Buzzsprout account.
29 minutes | 4 months ago
25: Mountain Pony Rider Vivien Fallows
Vivien Fallows of West Sussex, England took horse riding lessons as a child. That experience, though, was not pivotal to her upbringing. She stopped her lessons, grew up, raised a family, had a career, and pursued other interests - including writing a memoir called Travels with George: Diary of a Mum on a Mission published in 2017 about her solo journey to Australia after the age of 50. After Vivien and her husband moved from London to a small village, where nearly everyone was riding a horse, did she begin thinking about taking lessons again. That eventually led to her being the owner of a Welsh mountain pony named Casper. In this interview, Vivien talks about her experiences with horses as a youngster, the thought process on revisiting riding after many years, as well as how Casper is a ingrained part of her life as they've both matured.View PDF TranscriptVivien's Recommendations:- The Famished Road by Ben Okri- Books of Thomas Hardy, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Wilkie Collins- Dracula by Bram Stoker- The Crown (Seasons 1 and 2)Shuva's Recommendation:- Doctor WhoIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts.Interested in starting your own podcast? Sign up here for your own Buzzsprout account.
6 minutes | 4 months ago
Season 3 Preview – Animal Stories
Welcome to Season 3 of Untrained Wisdom, a podcast featuring people 55+ who are currently redefining the paradigm with amazing and inspiring endeavors, and industry professionals whose expertise improves the lives of seasoned generations. An additional common denominator of all the Season 3 guests is interesting animal-related stories, whether it's about a dog, horse, llama, bird or fictional character.Season 3 consists of 7 interviews - released each Tuesday starting January 19, 2021. Conversations were conducted online with guests in England and the U.S. states of Arizona, California, Florida, and Washington.Host Shuva Rahim introduces you to the season's guests through audio previews from their respective interviews (:46.16 to 5:01.12). View PDF Transcript
8 minutes | 4 months ago
Untrained Wisdom on Pinterest
If you're someone who searches the web to locate a specific episode for a link in the Show Notes, there's now an easier stopping place to turn to: the Untrained Wisdom Pinterest page.In this short episode, host Shuva Rahim explains some of the different Pinterest boards on the Untrained Wisdom page, which include Guest Businesses/Employers and Guest Book Recommendations.If you're on Pinterest, follow Untrained Wisdom to stay updated on new pins.View PDF TranscriptIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts.Interested in starting your own podcast? Sign up here for your own Buzzsprout account.
11 minutes | 5 months ago
Bonus: Good News in 2020
In what's been a difficult year for many, a few guests from Season 1 and Season 2 share some positive moments from their 2020 after an introductory statement from host Shuva Rahim.In this episode you'll hear from: Nia Instructor Beth Pelton, Ep. 1Parent Caregiver & Author Diane Koster, Ep. 7(Learn about Lindsay's Legacy Fund)Prenatal Yoga Instructor Roberta Kelinson, Ep. 11Card Writer to Senior Home Residents Deborah Widger, Ep. 14 (DM her @shopgalny on Instagram about donating cards)Poet Mary F. Lenox, Ep. 17"Women Going For It" Author Diana Coleman, Ep. 22View PDF TranscriptIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts.
38 minutes | 6 months ago
24: Organizing Business Partners Cathy Borg & Brad Borg
Unlike a lot of family businesses, Brad Borg and Cathy Borg began working together only a few years ago. The close relationship between the brother and sister exudes a level of trust that puts the clients of their Toronto-based business, In and Out Organizing, at ease.In this interview, the siblings talk about how their different work backgrounds – which include jobs in government, the arts, and education – prepared them to work in the organizing industry. They also discuss the common thread of life-changing experiences – regardless of where someone is in life – that leads people to reach out to them. Brad and Cathy also reflect on some lighter moments in their interactions with clients that keep the work interesting.View PDF TranscriptBrad's Recommendation:- Québec CityCathy's Recommendation:- Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat? by Peter WalshShuva's Recommendation:- SelfControl appIf you enjoy this show, click here and follow the instructions to leave a review.Interested in starting your own podcast? Sign up here for your own Buzzsprout account.
28 minutes | 6 months ago
23: Geriatric Physical Therapist Dr. Serena Liu
Dr. Serena Liu is a physical therapist who specializes in helping the geriatric population. In addition to working at the Smith Ranch Skilled Nursing Facility in San Rafael, California, she is creator of the @resilientaging Instagram account - an exploration of how to best help older adults navigate the challenges that come with aging outside traditional physical therapy.In this interview, Serena talks about how she made the decision to focus on older adults and about the types of patients she typically sees. She also shares a success story with one patient in her 90s, and points out the impact of a person's life when adding movement. In addition to the Instagram account, Serena shares valuable - and a few free - resources for older adults on her website.View PDF TranscriptSerena's Recommendations:- How Not To Diet by Michael Greger- Michael Greger's Video Library- What the Health documentaryShuva's Recommendation:- Hal Higdon training plans for runnersIf you enjoy this show, click here and follow the instructions to leave a review.Interested in starting your own podcast? Sign up here for your own Buzzsprout account.
33 minutes | 6 months ago
22: "Women Going For It!" Author Diana Coleman
Diana Coleman is the author of Women Going For it! Taking Risks After 50. Describing herself as a risk-taking motivator, the Maine-based writer chronicled the stories of 26 women in their 50s through 80s that celebrate their resilience and stamina in taking personal risks.In this interview, Diana talks about how idea of exploring risk-taking after 50 began long before the book, with collecting of survey results from all over the country – prior to Survey Monkey existing. She also discusses a few of the stories in the book, which include a heart attack survivor turned singer in her 50s, and a Roller Derby skater in her 70s. Finally, the author speaks about on how women can share their stories as well as continue their own conversations about the book, which is available on Amazon.Download PDF TranscriptDiana's Recommendations:- Around the World on Two Wheels: Annie Londonderry's Extraordinary Ride by Peter Zheutlin- Books by Elizabeth Strout- Hanoi, VietnamShuva's Recommendation:- MaineIf you enjoy this show, click here and follow the instructions to leave a review.Interested in starting your own podcast? Sign up here for your own Buzzsprout account.
41 minutes | 6 months ago
21: Liver Transplant Recipient & OneLegacy/Donate Life Ambassador Peggy Averitt
Peggy Averitt is a grateful liver transplant recipient in Orange County, California who has raised awareness for organ and tissue donation as a OneLegacy/Donate Life Ambassador. With her second chance at life, much of this nurse's volunteer time goes toward sharing her story to audiences so they understand the impact of being a donor.In this interview, Peggy – who celebrated her 7th Liverversary in the summer of 2020 – talks about her diagnosis with end-stage liver disease and the critical decision her doctor in California made that significantly increased her chances of getting a new organ. Peggy also shares some health obstacles she faced as a result of the transplant, which she says has been worth it because she is alive. A grandmother of two, Peggy's enthusiasm for life and her mission caught the attention of Confidence, an online magazine which featured her on its cover in its May/June 2020 issue.Download PDF TranscriptPeggy's Recommendation:- Get involved with Donate Life in your stateShuva's Recommendation:- Birmingham Civil Rights InstituteIf you enjoy this show, click here and follow the instructions to leave a review.Interested in starting your own podcast? Sign up here for your own Buzzsprout account.
38 minutes | 6 months ago
20: Solo Travel Advocate Leyla Alyanak
Leyla Alyanak is a journalist and former foreign correspondent from France who, at 43, made a major decision to reinvent herself and travel the world for solo for six months. That trip ended up lasting four years – before cell phones, apps, and Google. During that time, she had numerous adventures, including getting lost in a Mozambican minefield and paddling her way out of a flood in the Philippines. Now in her 60s, Leyla travels the world solo as often as she can, documenting it all on Women on the Road, which is a website for solo travel over 50. However, after COVID-19 hit Leyla shifted her focus on her own country. Ever the optimist, she launched a new travel website called Offbeat France in which she shares lesser-known stories the guidebooks don't tell you. In this interview, Leyla talks about what her first solo trip as a teenager was like, how she supported herself through her journey as an adult, and why solo travel for women is important. She also shares some valuable tips when traveling solo.Download PDF TranscriptLeyla's Recommendations:- Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery series by Donna Leon- No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith- Travel to somewhere culturally familiarShuva's Recommendation:- U.S. travel by AmtrakIf you enjoy this show, click here and follow the instructions to leave a review.Interested in starting your own podcast? Sign up here for your own Buzzsprout account.
30 minutes | 7 months ago
19: New U.S. Residents Salehuddin & Nahar Ahmed
Salehuddin and Nahar Ahmed were accustomed to living in different parts of the world for work and education. But they always returned to their home in Bangladesh. It wasn't until their two daughters moved to the Dallas, Texas-area that moving permanently to the U.S. became a consideration. In 2019, the couple was granted permanent residency. In this interview, the duo shares what the process entailed and compares life in the U.S. and Bangladesh. They also talk about how they are connecting with youngsters from Bangladeshi families locally and worldwide to teach them their native language, Bengali.Download PDF TranscriptSalehuddin's Recommendations:- Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom- Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John PerkinsNahar's Recommendation:- Albuquerque, New MexicoShuva's Recommendation:- New EnglandIf you enjoy this show, click here and follow the instructions to leave a review.Interested in starting your own podcast? Sign up here for your own Buzzsprout account.
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