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Nicole Christina, a psychotherapist of 30 years, interviews a wide variety of influential guests about how they are creating their legacies--a crucial element in healthy aging. Contributing to the greater good is a central theme of the Program.

Nicole Christina, a psychotherapist of 30 years, interviews a wide variety of influential guests about how they are creating their legacies--a crucial element in healthy aging. Contributing to the greater good is a central theme of the Program.


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Nicole Christina, a psychotherapist of 30 years, interviews a wide variety of influential guests about how they are creating their legacies--a crucial element in healthy aging. Contributing to the greater good is a central theme of the Program.






Melissa Davey -- At 65, Being A Filmmaker Was On Her Bucket List. She Can Cross It Off.

In 2015,Melissa Davey, a corporate executive, had a chance encounter with a famous film director. After that meeting, she was inspired to leave her 25-year year career and jump into the unknown at age 65. In April of 2021 Melissa’s first film, Beyond Sixty, a documentary about the resilience and continued relevance of women over the age of 60, was released. Now showing On Demand and on most streaming platforms Beyond Sixty is inspiring women of all ages and reminding us all that a woman’s...


Susan Pohlman -- The Power of Travel at Midlife

Susan Pohlman is a writer, filmmaker and presenter, and the founder of the “Phoenix Writers Network”. In this episode, we discuss her latest travel memoir, “A Time to Seek: Meaning, Purpose, and Spirituality at Midlife”. Learn how she uses travel with the intention of knowing herself more deeply. Find out more at: SusanPohlman.com. Check out https://copenotes.com/zestful for an innovative app that supports mental health. Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at ZestfulAging.com.


Jessica Bacal -- ”The Rejection That Changed My Life”

Not many of us like to talk about our failings. Rejections don’t go on your résumé, but they are part of every successful person’s career. All of us will apply for jobs that we don’t get and have ambitions that aren’t fulfilled, because that is part of being a working person, part of pushing oneself to the next step professionally. Zestful Aging speaks with Jessica Bacal who just wrote a new book called “The Rejection That Changed my Life”. She interviews 25 powerhouse women about their...


Bonnie Marcus -- How Can I Navigate Ageism and Sexism at Work?

Award winning entrepreneur, Forbes contributing writer and executive coach Bonnie Marcus assists professional women to successfully navigate the workplace and position and promote themselves to advance their careers. In her newly published book, “NOT DONE YET!”, Bonnie addresses how women over 50 can regain their confidence and claim their power. You can find out more about Bonnie at www.bonniemarcusleadership.com. Facebook: bonnie.marcus - Twitter: selfpromote - LinkedIn: bonniemarcus -...


Jean Ketcham -- “Aging But Dangerous”

Jean Ketcham is the founder of “Aging But Dangerous”, a movement focused on healthy aging and living dangerously through fun, spirit, and style. After retiring, Jean discovered that 55+ women were not living up to their true potential. Their social circles were shrinking and their lifestyles were becoming less stimulating and less adventurous. Jean began organizing meetings where older women could connect and share experiences, insights, and strategies to help them enrich their lives. She...


Susan Ryan -- The Green House Project: A Radical, Successful Departure From Conventional Nursing Homes

Susan Ryan is the Senior Director of The Green House Project which addresses quality long-term care environments that are pleasant, accessible and affordable to all. They’ve enjoyed some notoriety lately, as their setups are smaller and more intimate, therefore avoiding the COVID contagion that has impacted so many nursing homes. The emphasis is on quality of life and offering a family-style and close knit living experience. Learn more at TheGreenhouseproject.org. Check out...


Scott Schober -- Expert in Online Scams

Scott Schober is the author of three best-selling security books including “Senior Cyber”. In the book, Scott and Craig Schober pick apart a multitude of cybersecurity scams that relate directly to the financial, socioeconomic, and health & well-being of all seniors by offering simple advice for all levels of cybersecurity experience for grandparents, grandchildren, and everyone in between. Find out more at ScottSchober.com. Check out https://copenotes.com/zestful for an innovative app that...


Meredith Patterson -- Pioneer in Health Care, Aging and the Ethics of Elder Care

Meredith Patterson is a pioneer in the field of health care, aging and the ethics of elder care. Meredith developed a unique home care model in which the client and the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) would experience a greater sense of respect, the client was ensured the highest caliber of care, and the aide would be compensated at a significantly higher rate of pay. However, the cost to the client would be no more than the rate. Meredith prides herself on using a holistic and client...


What Are You Feeding Your Most Hungry Organ -- The Brain --?

Dr. Bonnie Kaplan and Dr. Julia Rucklidge are the authors of the brand new book “The Better Brain”-- the first book to discuss how and why nutrients can be used to treat mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, and PTSD. We talk about the challenges in changing the paradigm from a medication-first approach to dealing with mental illness to one that promotes providing the brain with the nutrients it requires to operate well. Find out more at https://thebetterbrainbook.com/...


Gilly Smith -- Eating To Save The Planet

Gilly Smith is an award-winning food writer and podcaster who’s been writing and making radio, television and podcasts since the early ’90s. Her books are mainly about the influence on culture of food in its various forms, including how to eat to save the planet. Her book, “Taste and the TV Chef” won the 2020 Gourmand Award for best UK food writing. Find out more about the prolific and passionate Gilly at http://GillySmith.com. Check out https://copenotes.com/zestful for an innovative app...


Molly Watts -- Do You Need a More Peaceful Relationship With Alcohol?

Since the pandemic, alcohol use is up significantly. One expert observed that even during the lockdown in the US, liquor stores remain open. Why? The emergency rooms were too busy with COVID to deal with people with alcohol withdrawal. Molly Watts is the host and founder of “Breaking the Bottle Legacy Podcast” which is dedicated to helping habit drinkers and adult children of alcoholics create a peaceful relationship with alcohol. Find out more at MollyWatts.com. Check out...


Dr. Elise Biaylew -- Mindful In May, The World’s Largest Online Mindfulness Fundraising Campaign

Dr. Elise Bialylew is the founder of Mindful in May, the world’s largest online global mindfulness campaign that teaches thousands of people each year to meditate while raising funds to build clean water projects in the developing world. A doctor trained in psychiatry turned mindfulness teacher and social entrepreneur, she’s passionate about supporting individuals and organisations to develop inner tools to flourish. She’s also the author of number #1 best selling meditation book “The...


Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross -- What is Intergenerational Trauma?

Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross is a physician who specializes in treating eating disorders, addictions and trauma. She is particularly interested in Intergenerational Trauma, where the effects of trauma are passed from one generation to another, in looking at her own family tree which was riddled with generations of trauma, obesity and mental illness. She speaks on the topic of Intergenerational Trauma both nationally and internationally. More information at https://carolynrossmd.com/ and check out...


Colleen Kochannek -- Corporate Lay Off to Scrappy Entrepreneur

Colleen Kochannek helps women from the typewriter generation become successful and confident laptop entrepreneurs, helping them leverage their decades of life experience and learning to create a meaningful, revenue-generating business. Find out more at ScrappyFrontier.com. Check out https://copenotes.com/zestful for an innovative app that supports mental health. Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at ZestfulAging.com


Eric Kussin -- Radically Changing the Way We Look at Mental Health

After a successful career that started at the NBA League Office, and led to senior management positions with a number of professional sports teams, Eric’s mental health took a sudden and rapid decline. This decline left him almost permanently in bed, and with severe cognitive impairment, for just over two and a half years. Once he found a way to climb out of his abyss, he vowed to spend the rest of his life focused on changing the global conversation through mental health advocacy. Find out...


Melissa Berton -- “Period. End of Sentence.” Encore Episode

Special for International Women’s Day 2021 International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women all over the world. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. Melissa Berton is the Academy Award winning producer for Best Documentary Short for “Period. End of Sentence.” and CEO of The Pad Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to the principle that “a period should end a sentence, not a girl’s education.”...


Gay Hendricks -- Taking “The Big Leap”

Gay Hendricks is a thought leader in the fields of relationship transformation and bodymind transformation for more than 45 years. He has written more than 40 books, including bestsellers such as "Five Wishes", "The Big Leap", "Conscious Loving and Conscious Loving Ever After". His latest book, "Conscious Luck", reveals eight ways to change your fortunes through the power of intention. Gay has appeared on more than 500 radio and television shows, including Oprah, CNN, CNBC, 48 HOURS and...


Jean Walters -- How To Handle Fear and Be Happy Right Now

Jean Walters is the international best selling author of “The Journey to Anxiety to Peace: Practical Steps to Handle Fear, Embrace Struggle, and Eliminate Worry to Become Happy and Free”. She has been a teacher, transformational coach, and Akashic Record reader in the St. Louis area for over 40 years. She’s a prolific writer and presenter, helping people to shift their mindsets in the direction of more peace. Find out more at https://spiritualtransformation.com/ . Check out...


Rima Nashashibi -- Fighting for Girls’ and Women’s Rights Around the Globe

Rima Nashashibi is the President of Global Hope 365, a non-profit agency promoting openness, equal opportunity, tolerance, fairness, and justice for persons of all genders, ethnicity, religious backgrounds, and political persuasions. Ms. Nashashibi has been a guest speaker hosted by the U.S. Department of State in places such as Jerusalem, Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait. In addition, Ms. Nashashibi trained the women in Saudi Arabia in August 2015 on how to run for office in anticipation of the...


Debby Waldman -- “How Covid-19 and Power Tools Helped Heal My Relationship With My Son”

Debby Waldman is a writer and ex-pat American who has lived in Edmonton, Alberta, since 1992. We were knitting buddies in New Haven, Connecticut in the mid-1980s when she was a newspaper reporter there, but we lost touch until recently, when a mutual friend sent me her New York Times essay, “How Covid-19 and Power Tools Helped Heal My Relationship With My Son": https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/08/well/family/depression-suicide-covid-woodworking-canoe-cutting-boards.html The essay is in part...