Adventures in Aging, for Boomers and beyond.
They don't call it The Greatest Generation for nothing
Meet Socrates G. Cretekos, nicknamed "Odg." It's a miracle this Greek-American from Tarpon Springs, Florida, lived to tell his story, 77 years after landing at Normandy on D-Day. Odg knows it as an eye witness who led and lost men through the landing, then helped free Paris, rescued skeleton-like prisoners at Dachau, and suffered two wounds along the way. He doesn't look like a history-making hero, but he's the kind of guy the book "The Greatest Generation" was written about.
Having a reason to get up in the morning can make life more meaningful, enjoyable — and even add years to that life. It’s one of the secrets for positive aging. There’s even research to prove it. Maybe your reason to bounce out of bed is an energizing hobby. Or the soul enrichment found in volunteering to help others. Or it could be the satisfaction of fulfilling work — like Dan the blacksmith, the seemingly ageless artisan in our latest episode.
The Farm: From Hippie to Homesteader
In the early 70s, busloads of flower children trekked cross- country from Haight-Ashbury to the sticks. With no agricultural experience, they brought nothing but grit and determination to make a go of farming. And the goal of building a utopian refuge of peace and love. True to their communal philosophy, they signed a Vow of Poverty giving up everything they owned for the common good. But instead of being soured by hard work and setbacks, they made a success of it. Just not the kind they even remotely expected.
Kindness In The Time of the Coronavirus
Arm yourself during the virus crisis with a soothing agent to fight fear and frustration. You'll find it on the Unleashing Kindness Facebook group. Launched long before the virus hit by retirees Rich McGuinness and Pat Fiorello, it's a resource and reminder that treating each other with compassion and respect is not only a good habit, it’s free. Rich and Pat join us on this episode to reveal the effect their kindness crusade is having on readers worldwide, and what it’s done for their own lives.
My Hippie Mom
This story starts and ends in Woodstock. A daughter digs into the past to learn about the Mother she barely knew. She discovers a woman named Didi from a wealthy family, who rejected an upscale lifestyle to became a hippie during the 1969 music festival in rural New York. Instead of a trophy husband, two kids and house in the suburbs, the impulsive Didi went on to live a gypsy existence. As they would say in the 60s, relationships were not her bag. Writer Arden Thira takes you on a sentimental search to know a flower child who, far from being Mother Of The Year, leaves bittersweet memories.
A geriatrician on a mission to empower elders and redefine aging
Sitting down with the author of the best seller "Elderhood," we found Dr. Louise Aronson pleasant but with a forceful message. It's about about disrupting stereotypes and demanding fairness from a healthcare system geared to coddle youngsters and help ease adults from their 20s through middle age. In the author's own words, it's for anyone who is "an aging, i.e., still-breathing human being." Yet, as you'll hear, Dr. Aronson delivers it all with a positive outlook about getting the most out of all your years.
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I was pleasantly surprised to discover this engaging, well produced series that spoke to (relatively) older folks. Not everyone out there is a Millennial! And beside Millennials need to hear from elders as well. These episodes are rich with sounds and great archival tape. And the stories themselves are both thoughtful and fun.
One of the best new podcasts
I'm an avid listener to podcasts, especially searching out newcomers. Don't Act Your Age is one of the best newcomers I've heard. The story was compelling with a touching twist ending. One of my pet peeves with newcomers is the lack of production value - Don't Act Your Age shows how to do it right... excellent sound and music beds to enhance the storytelling. I hope the folks that produce this high quality podcast will continue. `~written by Mark
The show is well produced. The narrators voice + the style makes this something special. I'm just a mere 25 and I really enjoyed The Agreement.