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Abundant Aging seeks to provide information and inspiration on improving our lives as we grow older. This podcast is produced by United Church Homes, where senior living becomes abundant life. To learn more and subscribe to the show visit abundantagingpodcast.com.

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Abundant Aging seeks to provide information and inspiration on improving our lives as we grow older. This podcast is produced by United Church Homes, where senior living becomes abundant life. To learn more and subscribe to the show visit abundantagingpodcast.com.

    Art of Aging: Be a Care Partner, Not a Caregiver

    Art of Aging: Be a Care Partner, Not a Caregiver

    This week on the Art of Aging, host Michael Hughes is joined by Marilyn Raichle, Executive Director of the Maude’s Awards. In this conversation, Marilyn talks about her experiences as a care partner for her mother with dementia. She discusses the transformative power of art in dementia care and her shift from a caregiver to a care partner mindset. She also talks about the Maude’s Awards, which recognize innovations in dementia care. Marilyn emphasizes the importance of joy, purpose, and involving individuals with dementia in decision-making, her personal growth, the challenges care partners face, her upcoming book that celebrates her mother's life and art, and more.

    • 43 min
    Art of Aging: Empowering Longevity: Health and Wealth in Harmony with Lauren Dunning and Caitlin MacLean of Milken Institute

    Art of Aging: Empowering Longevity: Health and Wealth in Harmony with Lauren Dunning and Caitlin MacLean of Milken Institute

    This week on the Art of Aging, host Michael Hughes chats with Lauren Dunning and Caitlin MacLean of the Milken Institute. Lauren serves as the Director of the Center for the Future of Aging while Caitlin is the Senior Director of Innovative Finance at Milken. During the episode, the group discusses the convergence of aging and financial innovation. They explore the challenges of demographic change, focusing on healthspan, financial security, and housing for older adults. The conversation also emphasizes the importance of integrated care, the impact of chronic conditions on healthcare costs, and the need for innovative solutions to support aging in place. They conclude by discussing the Aging Innovation Collaborative, a partnership aimed at improving the well-being of older adults through better healthcare, housing, and community engagement, and more.

    • 51 min
    Art of Aging: Building Trust with Your Staff in Times of Change with Tina Sandri

    Art of Aging: Building Trust with Your Staff in Times of Change with Tina Sandri

    This week on the Art of Aging, host Michael Hughes welcomes Tina Sandri, CEO of Forest Hills of DC. During this episode, Tina discusses her leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. She shares her organization's approach to encouraging staff vaccination through diverse communication strategies and understanding different decision-making styles. She emphasized the importance of trust, empathy, and providing transparent information without political influence. Tina also reflects on the ongoing challenges in senior living, the role of technology, the need for caregiver support, personal insights on aging, and more.

    • 44 min
    Art of Aging: Embracing Abundance: Unpacking the Challenges and Opportunities of Aging with Rick Moody

    Art of Aging: Embracing Abundance: Unpacking the Challenges and Opportunities of Aging with Rick Moody

    This week on the Art of Aging, host Rev. Beth Long-Higgins chats with Rick Moody, former Vice President and Director of Academic Affairs at AARP in Washington, D.C. During the episode, Rick and Beth discuss the concept of abundant aging, tackling ageism, and embracing life's later stages with a positive outlook. Rick shares his personal experiences with aging, including adapting to changes like hearing loss. They explore the importance of life review, the contemplative aspect of dreams in aging, and the continuous pursuit of meaning and purpose throughout life. Rick also touches on his work with climate change and its intersection with ageism. The conversation highlights the significance of adaptation, wisdom, and active engagement in creating a fulfilling life as one ages. Don’t miss this episode!

    • 41 min
    Art of Aging: The Power of a Life Well Lived with Sky Bergman

    Art of Aging: The Power of a Life Well Lived with Sky Bergman

    This week on the Art of Aging, host Rev. Beth Long-Higgins chats with Sky Bergman, an award-winning photographer and filmmaker, about her documentary "Lives Well Lived." The film celebrates the experiences of adults aged 75 to 100, highlighting their resilience, humor, and wisdom. Inspired by her centenarian grandmother, Sky interviewed 40 seniors over four years, capturing 3,000 years of collective experience. The film has sparked intergenerational projects and discussions on ageism, showing the power of storytelling to bridge generational divides and inspire respect for the elderly. Sky and Beth discuss many topics during the show on intergenerational connection, the importance of listening, and more.

    • 33 min
    Art of Aging: Challenging Ageism One Card at a Time with Jan Golden

    Art of Aging: Challenging Ageism One Card at a Time with Jan Golden

    This week on the Art of Aging, host Rev. Beth Long-Higgins chats with Jan Golden, Founder of Age-Friendly Vibes, about her mission to combat ageism in the greeting card industry. Jan discusses her background, the negative messages prevalent in traditional birthday cards, and her company's alternative, age-positive approach. Beth and Jan explore the cultural impact of ageism, the challenges of competing with major card companies, and the positive reception of Age-Friendly Vibes' products. The episode also touches on the role of humor in addressing ageism, Jan's upcoming workshops in 2024, the importance of changing the narrative around aging, and more.

    • 33 min

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