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How Parent Projects Can Help You Care For Elderly Loved Ones With Bina Colman

Struggling to care for aging parents while juggling your own family? Today, Bina Coleman discusses the challenges of being part of the sandwich generation and the importance of finding support groups and resources. She also talks about the future of Parent Projects, a company that helps families stay organized and communicate with each other about caring for elderly loved ones, including the use of artificial intelligence to help families better care for their aging parents. Don't miss out! Learn how to make caring for your aging parents a little easier. --- Listen to the podcast here How Parent Projects Can Help You Care For Elderly Loved Ones With Bina Colman Hello and welcome to the podcast, Growing Older with Gusto. My name is Gail Zugerman, and my husband, Charlie, likes to joke that his name is Gusto. But actually, this podcast is created to show people in younger generations how to grow older in a positive and productive way by having guests on the show who are doing just that or helping others to do just that. Today, we have an episode about the sandwich generation, and I don't necessarily mean those of you who grew up eating subs or hoagies or Philadelphia cheesesteaks, whatever. So, our guest today is a younger woman named Bina Coleman, who's going to tell us how she started her business out of seeing a need in the marketplace for balancing a full-time career, raising young kids, and having elderly parents who had health care needs of their own. It is a juggling act, one that's been addressed by the media, but Bina Coleman saw an opportunity, and she's very busy with her own life. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona, and she managed to find the time to create her original business, which was called Compassionate Callers, and it's recently morphed into Parent Projects, which she'll talk about. But it's a business targeted to those people who need support with numerous activities that are busy, and her business was set up to really help people who are in the sandwich generation have peace of mind and know that their elderly parents are living a good older life while they maintain theirs. She also has a degree in gerontology and over a decade of experience in the field of elderly care. So, I'd like to get started; she has so much to tell us. She has a great story. So welcome to the show, Bina. Thank you for that introduction. It was very good. It was a great introduction. It's all true. There are so many of us. Right, so start us out. Tell our listeners about your story, about your background, and your personal experiences that led to the development of Parent Projects. I grew up here in Phoenix, and my parents actually owned the first four franchises of Home Instead Senior Care. I was in sixth grade, so in 1996, they were literally one of the first home care agencies in Arizona or Phoenix, and now there's over 500, I want to say. Growing up, this is all we heard: the elder world, the seniors, the caregivers, so my brother and I just knew this world when none of our friends did. The Sandwich-Generation Caregiver When it was time for me to get my degree, it was kind of a no-brainer to do gerontology, though it's extremely niche, and there's not many of us. But fast forward, I am married, I have two little kids; they're still little. So, even back when my father was living in a memory care facility and then passed, they were even younger. But I truly became a sandwich generation caregiver because I was working full time. I was doing sales for home care, home health, and hospice, and I was also visiting my dad, like I said, in a memory care unit. We were lucky enough to place them in a beautiful place in Scottsdale, so that was wonderful, truthfully. But, you know, I'd show up with both kids and just think there's something missing in this continuum of care for everybody, memory or not, or whatever maybe they're going through. I thought there's something missing, and that's where Compassionate Callers actually real...


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Staying engaged and involved while growing older

Host Gail Zugerman interviews Burt Fendelman a practicing attorney in NYC dedicated to aiding collectors, heirs and others evaluate art work and collectibles for the purpose of understanding the tax implications of gifting or selling of their treasures. He talks with Gail about how having passion for your work as well as staying connected with others of all ages is essential to growing older with gusto. Burt Fendelman is a gregarious and energetic 86 year old living in NYC. He began his career as a tax attorney and got bored with it so changed to a different type of law practice. This enabled him to work in the area of the arts which is and remains a personal passion. He chats with us on the show about how important it is to maintain personal connections and create new ones as we grow older. His favorite thing to do when growing up was getting to meet new people and not being afraid of new people. Lose your fear of aging by not thinking about it! Realize that your body is a machine and needs to be serviced. Also, the most important thing is to keep your mind busy. Volunteer and give back. Being alone is apparently equivalent to smoking 10 cigarettes a day. Learn how to listen and share your experiences with friends.


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Linda Steele Wellness Advisor

Talks about health, fitness, motivation, mental fitness, and nutrition tips. Convert Negative Energy To Fuel A Positive Future Linda Steele, author of “Nerves of Steele” is public speaker, and fitness expert who through her writing shows how people can reinvent themselves from any trauma in the past and grow older with gusto! She teaches an approach using a holistic/ and body-mind connection. Her belief is the past doesn’t need to define you. Her approach is through clean eating and taking care of your body. Linda’s book, “Nerves of Steele” a memoir is touching! Video version above podcast audio version below


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Starting A Business After Fifty

Gail Zugerman host of Growing Older with Gusto speaks with Jeff Williams, Chief Coach for Bizstarters and creator of the Virtual Incubator Business Startup Program. If you're thinking that you are not quite ready to retire and want to strike out on an entrepreneurial venture of your own, listen to this podcast episode.


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“Hey Boomer” With Wendy Green

Our guest Wendy Green is host of the podcast “Hey Boomer” created to help baby boomers find a purpose, stay engaged in the world, and increase their confidence to recreate their lives or see their dreams come alive. Based in Greenville, South Carolina, Wendy started her podcast after a long career in training and development with the desire to continue to stay relevant, and to make a difference in peoples lives.


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Growing Older While Living With A Disability

Born blind, Katherine Schneider of Eau Claire, Wisconsin talks with host Gail Zugerman about growing older with gusto while living with a disability. Her physical challenge did not deter her from becoming a clinical psychologist, writing four books, and getting involved in several philanthropical ventures. While determined to lead the good life herself, she has also managed to clear a path for others by making sure that people with disabilities have access to everything they need.


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Talking About Fashionable Adaptive Apparel with Jimmy Zollo

We all know people who could use a lift by wearing clothing that makes them feel like themselves as they grow older. But what if your clothes are difficult to put on or uncomfortable to wear because you do not move as easily or in the same way you did when you were younger? Jimmy Zollo, co-founder & CEO of Joe & Bella, created a fashionable adaptive apparel brand for older adults. A graduate of Indiana University, Jimmy polished his marketing & sales skills with the NBA, WNBA before joining the team at GrubHub, one of Chicago's most successful startups. His role on the team of creating critical partnerships led to GrubHub's expansion nationally & provided a foundation for the company's future sales strategy. Jimmy and his father Peter have collaborated together once before with Collaborata, a market research startup, before getting together once again to create Joe & Bella. This previous experience allowed them to gain insight into a market they identified through their own personal family need. The result is a fabulous line of contemporary apparel for people with physical or mental limitations. Jimmy talks with host Gail Zugerman about how his past work experiences & personal life experiences combined to spark the idea for Joe & Bella.


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Bridging The Generations with Benjamin Surmi

Today’s guest on the podcast, Benjamin Surmi, is a younger person devoted to helping people grow older with gusto. His background as an activity director, home repair coordinator, & Lifelong Learning Center Director has given him the tools to create new products, and techniques for empowering people in various stages of life. We talked about his current work which includes: The new era of technology which combines the physical and the technological worldBridging the generation divideThe technique called “Humanitude” developed by a company in France that promotes better care for people that are compromised. It’s based on communication techniques and an online course is available.A description of the Koelsch communityPredictions on how new products and techniques will combine to provide a better quality of life for everyone as we grow older.The importance of lifelong learning Take a walk & listen in as Ben Surmi brings us up to date with modalities and products designed to help us grow older with gusto. You can reach Ben at: bms@koelschsenior.com Please support us by writing a review on your favorite podcast player.


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Adapt or Disappear with John Manhold

Adapt or disappear is the mantra of our guest, John Manhold. John is an amazing Renaissance man who at age 102 just finished writing his latest book. His many interests and his ability to keep transforming allows for him to continue being vital. He has lived an incredible life, and he shares his secrets for adapting with us in this podcast episode. He has been able to simultaneously work as a research scientist, pathology professor, world lecturer, internationally renowned sculptor, and licensed US Coast Guard Merchant Marine. Also, he is a survivor of WWII and the Korean War. Free time finds him golfing and boating. Conversation in this episode: What advice does he give for living to the Century mark? I’ll give you a few of his thoughts, and listen to this podcast episode to really learn the secret sauce for living a well-lived life up to, and past 100. A few nuggets: He tells us how his nomadic lifestyle gave him great pleasure and was a stimulating way to live. Younger people need to study history, moderate their usage of “new-fangled items,” and learn the difference between listening and hearing. The one thing that has given him strength throughout his life is the belief in a higher power. He jokes on the podcast by saying, “There are no atheists in foxholes!” Today he keeps busy reviewing books for Amazon. His webpage is: www.johnmanhold.com. Please listen to this latest episode on your favorite podcast platform and watch him on our YouTube Channel: Growing Older With Gusto


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Sing Your Way Forward with Barbara Lewis

Barbara Lewis, a 68-year-old Montreal-based vocalist, talks to us about how singing can be a portal to a happier and more peaceful self as we grow older. She began her singing journey as a child when she entered herself in a contest. We learn the song she sang to win the contest by her singing it for us on this episode. The Podcast continues with her sharing her thoughts on singing and how it brings gusto into your life. Some of the ways: The power of singing; being spurred into action, takes you back and forth in time, gives you hopeSigning wraps one in emotion which is amazingly powerful Today, more people are involved in both group and private singing. She explains the importance of a hormone being released by group singing. The hormone is ocytocin which is a social bonding hormone. The episode delves deeply into how singing helps us grow older: it’s never endingGives a transcendent experience to an audience The connection between singing and laughing is explained by Barbra. People who take group or private lessons are given exercises to do which at face value seem a bit goofy. They are asked to meow or bark. The purpose is to help open your ears, and remind you of how the muscles are coordinated. The singer with a half-smile is tricking the brain into thinking they are feeling better. What Wisdom She would Tell Her Younger Self Perfection lies in Being YourselfIt’s important to take time each day to be quiet. Her Secrets for Leading A Joyful Life Find a great partnerLaughDo more of what you love to do. We do a wrap of this episode with Barbara singing one of her favorite songs. Listen in to hear a great singer! You can contact Barbara by email at: barbara@barbaralewis.com or go to her YouTube Channel: Singing After 40 Please listen to our podcast at most podcast platforms and our YouTube Channel.


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Money Makes The World Go Round!

Today we launched a new season and our first guest is financial wizard, Sarry Ibrahim, who is going to tell us how we can grow older not only with gusto but how to grow our money with gusto! Here are some of the topics we covered in this episode: The 3 Keys To Better Understand Money When You Are Younger Know your financial self. Become familiar with your current savings, income, debt and average expenses.Know your habits; understand how you spend and save money. Identify any previous successful financial projects.Understand the concept of opportunity cost; what it really means to save, invest and spend. What To Do At Each Age To Prepare For The Future 25- 45 Years Old: Accumulation Phase; buy a home or rental property. Grow your savings and pay down debt. This includes 401K’s IRA and Infinite Banking. 45-65 Years Old: Protection Phase; Paying down the majority of debt and increasing your net worth. 60 Years Old+: Gifting Phase; plan on passing on your net worth to the next generation using an estate plan and other resources. How To Motivate Yourself Prepare for Retirement? Think of your future self. Consider the tax component of your money. What is helpful is starting a “forced savings”. It’s like a recurring bill. What is Wealth Weapon The Ultra Wealthy Use As They Grow Older With Gusto? Sarry gave the example of a wealthy tech client who decided to put his earnings in a cash value life insurance policy. It’s like a savings policy with dividends, it’s protected from taxes and you can borrow against it. How can We Make Social Security Work In Our Best Interests? Make sure its joined with other retirement accounts. Whole life insurance can help not increase your taxes on Social Security. 3 Keys To Financially Grow Older With Gusto Live life on your own terms. Dream Big. Visualize what you want financially.Get involved in compound growth early.Identify ways of protecting your money from risks; economical, market, financial, or legal.


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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 driveUnusual teachers at his Driving SchoolThe Consequences of Marijuana on drivingRoad RageHow to Fix Traffic Collision ProblemsWays 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!


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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 ColumbiaWorking in a bakery in Nova ScotiaHelping 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!!


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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: TravellingSeparate BedroomsMedical ChecksDownsizingTechnical 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!


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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 PicturesDemographic Information or ProfileInitial commentsWhat they ask forAnswers 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!


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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!


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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


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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...


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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...


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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...