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Thanks to advances in medicine and health, most of us are just at half-life when we reach our mid-40s, with many potentially productive years ahead. But there’s no road map to prepare us for this period. That’s where 45 Forward comes in. My show provides you with strategies to shift the traditional waiting-for-retirement model to a journey of compelling life chapters. Each show tackles an aspect of health, finance, family and friends, housing, work and personal pursuits as part of an integrated plan. Experts discuss topics like revitalizing relationships, creating mini-retirements, managing the maze of technology, finding your next homestead and caring for aging parents. The show instills confidence, and hopefully some comfort, amid the stresses permeating today’s society. Fear of the future is not knowing how to prepare for it. 45 Forward does not proffer prefabricated answers, but helps you shape your life amid the daily anxieties of our time.

Thanks to advances in medicine and health, most of us are just at half-life when we reach our mid-40s, with many potentially productive years ahead. But there’s no road map to prepare us for this period. That’s where 45 Forward comes in. My show provides you with strategies to shift the traditional waiting-for-retirement model to a journey of compelling life chapters. Each show tackles an aspect of health, finance, family and friends, housing, work and personal pursuits as part of an integrated plan. Experts discuss topics like revitalizing relationships, creating mini-retirements, managing the maze of technology, finding your next homestead and caring for aging parents. The show instills confidence, and hopefully some comfort, amid the stresses permeating today’s society. Fear of the future is not knowing how to prepare for it. 45 Forward does not proffer prefabricated answers, but helps you shape your life amid the daily anxieties of our time.

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United States

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Thanks to advances in medicine and health, most of us are just at half-life when we reach our mid-40s, with many potentially productive years ahead. But there’s no road map to prepare us for this period. That’s where 45 Forward comes in. My show provides you with strategies to shift the traditional waiting-for-retirement model to a journey of compelling life chapters. Each show tackles an aspect of health, finance, family and friends, housing, work and personal pursuits as part of an integrated plan. Experts discuss topics like revitalizing relationships, creating mini-retirements, managing the maze of technology, finding your next homestead and caring for aging parents. The show instills confidence, and hopefully some comfort, amid the stresses permeating today’s society. Fear of the future is not knowing how to prepare for it. 45 Forward does not proffer prefabricated answers, but helps you shape your life amid the daily anxieties of our time.

Language:

English


Episodes

Paving the Path to Good Health, Nutrition and Wellness as We Age

6/14/2021
When you talk to health experts about the factors that promote human longevity, they invariably cite good nutrition, in addition to regular exercise and an active, socially engaged, lifestyle. In today’s episode, host Ron Roel will be talking about key health and nutrition issues with Keri Ann Lipperini, Director of the Office of Nutrition and Health Promotion Programs at the U.S. Administration on Aging. Keri, a proud Navy Veteran, was initially trained as a Hospital Corpsmen, taking the...

Duration:00:56:23

'Solo Aging': Building a Great Older Life, Even if You’re Alone

6/7/2021
When we plan for our later years, most of us consider factors like health, housing, financial security, lifestyle and caregiving, but we tend of overlook one distinct possibility: What if end up aging alone? Recent studies have found that between 30 and 35% of older adults in the U.S. are expected to age alone within the next decade. About 45% of older women will find themselves aging solo. Many of these “elder orphans” have no assistance in making financial decisions, no designated...

Duration:00:54:22

Encore: You Gotta Have Friends — All the Way Through Life

5/31/2021
We celebrate friendship as one of the true joys—and necessities—of life, from our childhood through our elder years. But what does true friendship really mean, and how to we sustain it in our fast-paced and changing world — especially in these difficult times of social distancing and social unrest? Host Ron Roel and Dr. Andrea Gould-Marks, a clinical psychologist with decades of experience guiding people through relationships and life transitions, share wide-ranging thoughts about the many...

Duration:00:55:14

The Evolution of a Poet Laureate Who Started Out a U.S. Marine

5/24/2021
It’s not often that someone can recite the verses of Walt Whitman, then belt out the motto of the U.S. Marine Corps—Semper Fedelis! (Always Faithful). But that’s Evelyn Kandel, the Poet Laureate of Nassau County, who enlisted in the Marines 70 years ago right out of high school on the whimsical advice of an aunt who told her, “Why not join the armed services and see the world?” In today’s conversation with host Ron Roel, Evelyn talks about how she became one of the few, the proud-- actually...

Duration:00:55:17

The Art of “Reinvention,” Part 2:On Becoming a Mystery Writer

5/17/2021
Patricia King has had a long, extraordinary career —and she continued to evolve over the last decade, taking on a new literary identity as Annamaria Alfieri. In Part 1 of Ron Roel’s conversation with Pat earlier this year, she talked about her time as an international management consultant, working with Fortune-50 companies like PepsiCo, Chase Bank, and Pfizer and publishing five business books, including Never Work for a Jerk, which landed her on the Oprah Winfrey show. In today’s...

Duration:00:53:55

Want to Age in Place But You're Not Sure How? NAIPC Can Help.

5/10/2021
There’s no place like home—especially as folks get older. A recent AARP survey found that more than three-quarters of adults aged 50 and older want to stay in their homes and communities for as long as possible, yet many don’t see that happening. Enter NAIPC—the National Aging In Place Council. This organization was founded on the belief that although an overwhelming majority of Americans say they want to age in place, they lack awareness of the resources, services and expertise that make...

Duration:00:54:43

Eldercare 2021: A Holistic Approach to Care for Your Parents

5/3/2021
Caring for your older loved ones has never been more challenging than it is today. Not only do many adults have to take care of their own young families, but they’re called in to address the complex, evolving needs of their parents as they enter the later chapters of life. There’s so much to handle: pragmatic concerns like elder law and estate planning, health care documents, asset protection, care coordination, not to mention the emotionally-charged concerns of parents and adult children...

Duration:00:54:05

The Life & Times of a Tireless Champion for the Aging

4/26/2021
As a young boy, Jack Kupferman was always surrounded by older adults—his parents ran a rest home in upstate New York and his family lived in the back. So it’s no surprise that today Jack is at the center of a major online event next month to honor the nursing home lives lost as a result of COVID-19, while raising awareness of the need for nursing home transformation. As the volunteer President of the Gray Panthers NYC and a former attorney for New York City’s Department for the Aging, Jack...

Duration:00:54:49

Bridging Generations to Solve Society’s Greatest Challenges

4/19/2021
For the first time in U.S. history, people over 60 outnumber people under 18, raising fears of a widening generational divide. But Encore.org sees things differently. It believes that the aging of America isn’t so much of a problem as it is an opportunity to be seized. In this episode, Eunice Lin Nichols, Encore’s dynamic VP for Innovation, talks about how her organization is working to change our culture of age segregation, building a movement to make intergenerational collaboration the...

Duration:00:55:31

Lifelong Learning Takes on Another Life

4/12/2021
As people head toward their traditional retirement years, they often feel conflicting emotions: Part relief and excitement to be done with day-to-day work; and part apprehension, wondering, “What will I do with myself? Sure, I have a few hobbies and grandchildren, and I’d like to travel, but will this be enough to keep me engaged for long?” About 10 years ago, Ed Schwartz, a retired human resources executive, faced these questions and discovered PEIR, Personal Enrichment in Retirement, an...

Duration:00:54:14

When the Next Crisis Hits the Fan, Will You Be Ready?

4/5/2021
We’re not a country that likes to plan much—more often, Americans rely on their wits to get out of a crisis. Yet as the pace of social and economic change — not to mention climate change — has accelerated over the last several decades, so, too, have the number of crises we face in our lifetime. Many of these situations may not be foreseeable or preventable, but they may be more manageable, if we take the time to put a crisis management plan in place. In this episode, host Ron Roel talks with...

Duration:00:56:05

When Should Your Loved Ones Choose Another Home?

3/29/2021
Moving is never easy—at any age. Most people want to remain in the comfort of their home and neighborhood for as long as possible. At some point, however, this may not be safe or practical for our parents, and eventually the same may be true for us, too. Moving to some form of supportive housing does not have to be a default choice; in fact, it may be a better path, helping us lead a healthier and more enjoyable life—as long as we know how to do it right. In this episode, host Ron Roel talks...

Duration:00:55:11

How a Small, Family-owned Brush Company Took on China

3/22/2021
Over the last 40 years, China has increasingly wreaked havoc on U.S. manufacturers, undercutting their business with high-volume, low-cost products. So when Lance Cheney, the fourth-generation owner of Braun Brush Company on Long Island, took the reins from his father, he sensed that he had to make a risky strategic shift—or the company might never make it to the fifth generation. Lance decided that Braun would no longer compete in the inexpensive “commodity brush” market. Instead, they...

Duration:00:54:34

The End-of-Life Journey: Transforming Sorrow into Celebration

3/15/2021
Helping a loved one prepare for the end of life is uncharted territory for many of us. But this challenge is also a part of life’s natural journey, which provides a unique opportunity for families to support and honor their loved ones. In this unusually open and inspiring conversation, Susan Capurso, an End-of-Life Doula, and Lisa Strahs-Lorenc, a bereavement specialist, discuss how they guide families emotionally, practically, and spiritually through this difficult phase to a place of calm,...

Duration:00:54:02

Generations United: The Power of Young and Old --Together

3/8/2021
We often hear the mantra, “Stronger Together,” but no one understands the power of these words better than Donna Butts. Currently the Executive Director of Generations United, Donna has worked tirelessly to promote the collective well-being of all generations—children, youth and older adults—around the world. How can we achieve this lofty goal at a time when different generations seem to find themselves increasingly competing for limited public funds and resources? In a wide-ranging...

Duration:00:55:32

The Art of “Reinvention”— Across a 60-Year Career

3/1/2021
Many people talk about “reinventing” themselves over the course of their career, but few do it like Patricia King. At age 9, Pat decided she wanted to be a novelist, and while she would eventually achieve her goal—some 60 years later—she was first hired as a technical writer for a large insurance company. One job led to another, and Pat evolved into a corporate trainer, not only teaching plain-English skills, but opening up a major Wall Street bank to affirmative action programs for women....

Duration:00:56:00

The Essential Guide to Thriving—Not Just Surviving—As We Age

2/22/2021
Getting old may not be for sissies, as Bette Davis once said, but that doesn’t mean we should be resigned to going through a long period of decline as we age. Quite the opposite, says Carol Waldman, a gerontologist and former executive director of a large and innovative suburban senior center. Getting older can mean thriving, not just surviving during the later stages of life. How so? Carol provides a step-by-step “Thrival Guide,” with several pragmatic tips, including how to adapt to...

Duration:00:55:34

Retirement Revised: What you Need to Know about Social Insurance

2/15/2021
Advances in health care and medicine have added years to our lifespan, but they’ve also made retirement more complicated than ever. How do we plan for this “longevity bonus,” considering the uncertainties of health care, caregiving, housing transitions and savings that may not last as long as we do? In today’s conversation, Host Ron Roel talks with Mark Miller, a widely recognized journalist, podcaster and author who writes extensively about retirement trends and aging — but with a uniquely...

Duration:00:55:21

Yoga and Meditation: Exploring Two Ancient Practices--Together

2/8/2021
While the practices of yoga and meditation have been around for thousands of years, their popularity has surged in recent decades, as part of the ever-growing trend in holistic health, spiritual wellness and mindfulness. But there’s much more to these practices than increasing the flexibility of our aging bodies and finding occasional moments to de-stress our stressed-out lives. Lesa Kingsbury, head instructor at the Amba Yoga Center who has taught yoga for over 20 years, and Ken Taub, a...

Duration:00:55:03

Getting Your Legal Affairs in Order -- Before You Face a Crisis

2/1/2021
If living through the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we need to make sure our legal affairs and estate plans are in order, even when we’re not ready for retirement. How do we take care of such critical needs, especially in a time of virtual meetings and social distancing? Host Ron Roel talks with one of America’s top elder law attorneys, Ronald Fatoullah, discussing the latest information you need to know about wills and trusts, advanced directives, Medicaid planning, estate...

Duration:00:52:54