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Florence Williams -- "The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier and More Creative"

Florence Williams reports on the scientifically proven benefits of spending time in nature. She travels through Asia to learn about the ongoing initiatives to increase their citizens’ exposure to nature, takes a rafting trip with women veterans with PTSD, and reflects on her own need for solitude and wilderness. Find out more about Florence and her work at FlorenceWilliams.com.


Lisa Nelson MD -- Expert in Bone Health

Dr. Lisa Nelson is the Director of Medical Education at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, MA, the largest yoga training facility in North America. She is co-author of Yoga and Diabetes, published by the American Diabetes Association, and She works with numerous community groups throughout the Northeast to increase awareness about the treatment and prevention of chronic disease through changes in exercise and nutrition. Dr. Nelson has presented her work at the US Capitol...


Julie Dillon -- Making Peace With Food and Your Body

Julie Dillon’s focus is on helping her clients develop a more intuitive and joyful relationship with food. She is a passionate proponent of the non-diet movement. In response to her clients’ fears that without dieting they will be “giving up”, she responds, “It’s not letting yourself go, it’s letting yourself be.” Julie blogs, podcasts and presents widely on intuitive eating, self-compassion, and confronting fat phobia. You can find out more at JulieDillonRD.com.


Angela Littleford -- South Australia: Legacy in Progressive Eldercare

Angela Littleford specializes in developing services for older people at Helping Hand Aged Care in South Australia, which has a legacy of providing culturally sensitive, wholistic health care. Programming includes community-based care and support for people with disabilities and mental health issues, restorative and transitional care, and dementia care. She will be presenting at the International Federation of Aging in Toronto in August of 2018. Learn more at http://www.helpinghand.org.au.


Diane Wiener, Ph.D. -- “These Poems Saved My Life”

Diane Wiener, Ph.D., is the Director of the Syracuse University Disability Cultural Center. She is an educator, social worker, advocate, singer, bassist, and artist, among other roles. She has longstanding commitments to mindfulness, interfaith and secular contemplation, and humanism. Her new book of poems "The Golem Verses" was recently published by NineMile.org.


Kris Edens and Deb Gaut -- Creators of the new online magazine Boomalally

Kris and Deb both left their jobs to start a brand new online magazine which looks at the challenges and triumphs of aging. They profile ordinary people doing extraordinary things, and challenge the stereotypes about aging. Learn more at boomalally.com, and kristhescribbler.com.


Christina Matz-Costa, PhD -- Expert On What Keeps Us Well as We Age

Christina Matz-Costa is an associate professor at Boston College School of Social Work and a Senior Research Associate at the Center on Aging & Work. Her research focuses on aging and work--both paid and volunteer. Christina was involved in developing one of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare's Grand Challenges for the next decade, focused on maximizing productive and meaningful activity throughout life. She’s an expert on what keeps us well as we age.


Christy Jones -- How to Make Your Brain Younger

Christy is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor, and a Mindfulness Trainer. She became an expert in the gut-brain connection when her daughter was struggling with allergies and stomach problems. She teaches mindfulness and health in the Glendale, CA school system, and has won multiple awards for her programs. Find out more at ChristyJones.com.


Eve Abrams -- Documenting the beauty and pain that is New Orleans

Eve Abrams is an audio documentarian, writer, and educator. She produces the audio project "Unprisoned", which focuses on how mass incarceration affects people serving time outside. www.unprisoned.org/ "Unprisoned" has received a Gabriel Award, a New Orleans Press Club Award, and was a Peabody Finalist. Abrams’ 2015 documentary Along Saint Claude received the Edward R. Murrow award and a New Orleans Press Club Award. Abrams’ writing can be found in the book she co-authored, Preservation...


Conni Marshall -- “It’s a joyful and heartbreaking experience.”

Conni is a retired physics teacher, Zumba instructor, dog rescuer Connie started teaching Zumba at age 58, and has been teaching for 7 years. She rescues dogs from her hometown in Texas, and they are transported to Syracuse NY by Underdog Express - www.petslowcostspayandneuter.org/programs/underdog-express/. Her and her husband have fostered about 70 dogs and delight in seeing them adopted in Upstate NY. http://www.emilyslegacyrescue.com/, helpinghoundsdogrescue.org


Lisa Sutz -- The Benefits of Intergenerational Friendships

Lisa Sutz is a Social worker at DOROT, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to alleviate social isolation and provide concrete services to older adults. DOROT has been an innovative leader in the fields of aging services and volunteerism. Lisa is an expert on the importance of having friends of different ages as we get older--known as intergenerational friendships. Find out more about DOROT at DOROTUSA.org.


Catherine (Cat) Schuller -- The Queen of the Diversity Fashion Industry, and Marvel Comics spokeswoman

Cat Schuller taught the first plus-size course in the Continuing Education Studies division at F.I.T. in New York City. One of the original full-sized models, she refused to conform to the unrealistic size requirements of the modeling industry. She spends much of her life involved in movements which foster body acceptance; Runway the Realway, Divabetics, among others. Cat is also the widow of Mark Gruenwald, the “heart and soul of Marvel Comics” who died unexpectedly in 1996. She works...


Helen Codd -- When Your Parent Goes to Prison

Helen Codd is a professor at the University of Central Lancashire in the UK. Her research is focused on human rights for prisoners and their families. She is also interested in gender and in international perspectives on criminal justice. Her work has been cited in argument by counsel before the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights and she has contributed to a number of significant reports on prisoners’ families. She’s passionate about faith, justice, crime, good food &...


Sandy Weiner -- “Do Something Every Day That Scares the Hell Out of You”

Sandy Weiner is the founder of Last First Date, an internationally known TEDx speaker, dating coach, motivational speaker, and retreat leader. She specializes in helping women develop unwavering core confidence, communicate effectively, and set clear boundaries in relationships. Sandy has contributed to many large publications including the Huffington Post, Better After 50, Mind Body Green, Psychology Today, Thought Catalog, and The Good Men Project. She's also the host of Last First Date...


Ardra Cole -- Senior Humans and Their Senior Dogs; A Beautiful Relationship

Dr. Ardra Cole is a Professor at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. ardra.cole@msvu.ca In 2015, the Urban Animal Foundation awarded Ardra the Innovation Award for her work in creating ElderDog Canada - elderdog.ca – a national charity dedicated to ageing people and ageing dogs. ElderDog was inspired by Ardra’s research in the area of caregiving and seniors and her experience with her late dog, Tattoo, in animal-assisted therapy with seniors in long-term care....


Erin McDonald -- Helping Vets with PTSD Heal Through Dog Training

Erin’s first job out of college was as a zoo keeper focusing on nocturnal animals, primates, as well as elephants. After leaving the zoo, she purchased a local doggy daycare. As the owner, she found she was spending most of her time with administrative tasks, and she longed to get back to more direct contact with animals. She sold the daycare, and began her work for Clear Path for Veterans. She works with Veterans that suffer from PTSD by teaching them how to train their dog. The goal is...


Carrie Luteran -- Professional Organizer and Declutterer

Carrie Luteran is the owner of Prettyneat and is a trained interior designer, speaker and professional organizer. Carrie prides herself on taking the stress out of the decluttering process, and help her clients not feel ashamed or intimidated. She talks about organization and clutter control particularly as it relates to middle age and beyond. Find out more at PrettyNeat.com.


Kerry Thomas -- Founder of Conquering the Chaos, TED talker

Kerry Thomas spoke at the inaugural TEDx Ashburn event in April 2017 on the cause, effects, and solutions of all types of clutter: physical, digital, mental, emotional, and spiritual. She specializes in small business owners with ADD, and believes that anyone can have a productive environment. Find out more at Conqueringthechaos.com.


Mother’s Day Edition: Darlene Endy -- “We’re just like everybody else.”

Darlene Endy has had careers as a nutritionist, mother of triplets, and is currently a fiber artist specializing in weaving. She’s also the mother of a son recovering from a heroin addiction. Based on their experience as parents trying to get help for their son, Darlene and her husband started a foundation called Road2RecoveryCNY. Its purpose is to fund long-term treatment for opioid addiction, focusing on central New York residents who cannot afford it themselves. Caroline Desocio --...


Barbara Carranti and Emilee Lawson Hatch -- End of Life Decision Making

Barbara Carranti is a Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing at LeMoyne College, and is a certified Advance Care Planning facilitator. She’s authored and co-authored numerous books on nursing related topics, and has won awards for her contributions to the field. She can be reached at: carranbm@lemoyne.edu. Emilee Lawson Hatch is an elder law, trusts and attorney in Syracuse. She has been named a New York Super Lawyers Rising Star. You can reach her at: elawsonhatch@bhlawpllc.com. Barbara...