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Hey, Boomer is a show for people who will soon transition or have already transitioned to retirement and are asking the question, what is next?
On the show, we explore common fears that arise during this transition, such as fear of loneliness and boredom, the feeling of becoming invisible, and losing your sense of relevancy.
We also discuss challenges related to illness, health and money, all topics that impact us more significantly in this stage of our life.
On the show we also explore how to make our retirement years the best years of our lives. Our guests share real-life stories of finding purpose, fulfillment, and joy through staying engaged in life, travel, social involvement, adventure, and creative endeavors.
Hey, Boomer is building a community of like-minded people, people who want to live with passion, live with relevance, live with courage and believe that we are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.

Hey, Boomer Wendy Green

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    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

Hey, Boomer is a show for people who will soon transition or have already transitioned to retirement and are asking the question, what is next?
On the show, we explore common fears that arise during this transition, such as fear of loneliness and boredom, the feeling of becoming invisible, and losing your sense of relevancy.
We also discuss challenges related to illness, health and money, all topics that impact us more significantly in this stage of our life.
On the show we also explore how to make our retirement years the best years of our lives. Our guests share real-life stories of finding purpose, fulfillment, and joy through staying engaged in life, travel, social involvement, adventure, and creative endeavors.
Hey, Boomer is building a community of like-minded people, people who want to live with passion, live with relevance, live with courage and believe that we are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.

    Wellbeing benefits of positive social connections

    Wellbeing benefits of positive social connections

     Bernadette Wagner started Prime Time for Women in 2018. She was in her late 50's and wondering about healthy aging. After some research, her intuition was confirmed. Positive social connections have a larger impact on our wellbeing as we age, and these connections are particularly important for women.
    The program started with a live TV show in Hagerstown, MD. Since that time it has grown into a nonprofit that provides numerous activities to encourage social engagement and help local charities.
    One of the slogans of Prime Time for Women is "every woman deserves to be seen and heard." To this end, there is a book club for members, hikes, walking for wellness, cooking opportunities. 
    One of the activites that we talked about were the Grandma Gatewood Hikes. The story Bernadette tells about Grandma Gatewood's determination to be the first woman to hike the Appalachian Trail at the age of 67 has many takeaway lessons for all of us.
    Don't let people tell you what you can't do
    Don't let people tell you, you are too old
    Follow your passion and your dreams.


    We also talked about the neurochemcials of happiness and that positive emotional connections that get planted in our brains can bring back the originial sense of joy that they brought us.
    Episode Takeaways:
    1. Do it your way! Figure out your interests and then think about how you can benefit somebody else while pursuing your interest.
    2. Why benefit someone else? Because when you feel purposeful you have a greater opportunity for improved health
    3. Positive social connections have a greater impact on physical health and emotional wellbeing than diet and exercise combined.
    Thanks so much for listening.
    Please support our sponsor at RoadScholar.org/heyboomer 
    Subscribe on Apple Podcast, Stitcher , Google Podcast. or Spotify
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    You can email me with questions or comments at wendy@heyboomer.biz
    – Wendy Green is a Certified Life Coach, working with people going through the sometimes uncomfortable life transition from full-time work to “what’s next.” Find out more about Wendy’s 6-week "What's Next" workshop that begins on August 2. Let's chat.
    – You can find Prime Time for Women at primetimeforwomen.org. 
    – Email Bernadette at bernadettewagner01@gmail.com 
    Check out Lifeboost Coffee, one of our aff iliate marketing partners

    • 46 min
    Happier Made Simple

    Happier Made Simple

    Randye Kaye, author of Happier Made Simple, has been divorced and remarried, lost the use of one leg and has since regained her mobility, and she is the mother of a young man suffering from schizophrenia.
    Any day could be a good day or a bad day, but somehow Randye seemed to find a way to stay mostly optimistic and hopeful. Friends, physicians and others she worked with would ask her how she found a way to be happy. Her book, Happier Made Simple explains how.
    What I love about this book is the realism and the humor that is part of it. Randye does not pretend that we can be happy all the time. Sometimes life sucks. But she gives you an acronym, BREATHE, that gives you seven core phrases that will help you find ways to be happier.
    Episode Takeaways
    1. It's not a competition, you are not supposed to be happy every single hours, ever single second of the day.
    2. Finding ways to be happier by what we tell ourselves will give us more energy to revitalize us, help us reach our goals and meet our challenges.
    3. Are we the victim or the victor in our stories? It is all in the way we tell our stories.
    4. Nobody is perfect. Each day is an opportunity to learn
    Thanks so much for listening.
    Subscribe on Apple Podcast, Stitcher , Google Podcast. or Spotify
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    You can email me with questions or comments at wendy@heyboomer.biz
    Visit our sponsor at roadscholar.org/heyboomer 
    – You can find Randye at randyekaye.com or at happiermadesimple.com 

    • 49 min
    Optimum Health at Midlife and Beyond

    Optimum Health at Midlife and Beyond

    "I used to be thin, and now I'm not. I eat the same, exercise ... what's up?"
    This is a familiar refrain of many of us as we move into our 50's, 60's and 70's. Our bodies change and most of the diet books and research is focused on people in their 20's - 40's. 
    The Whole Body Reset is for us, in midlife and beyond. Heidi Skolnik, coauthor and a nutritionist and exercise physiologist, talks to us about the importance of protein timing and maintaining muscle as we age to maintain our health and wellbeing. 
    We blow up the idea that our metabolism slows down as we age, it is about having fewer metabolically active cells as we lose muscle.
    We talked about the role fiber plays in providing nutrients and maintaining gut health. Healthy fats play a role in helpting to aborb fat soluble vitamins. Dairy is nutrient rich, maintains bone health and provide the amino acid luceine, a "spark plug for muscle building." And of course, we talked about exercise, and the importance of resistance and strength training.
    The Whole Body Reset diet is easily adaptable to your life style, whether you are a vegan or a carnivore. 
    Episode Takeaways:
    1. Start with one goal that is doable for you. Maybe breakfast tomorrow that hits the protein mark. Small changes can have big impacts.
    2. Look at your fiber choices and begin to swap out some with foods you might not think about but that you will really like.
    3. Begin to move and add resistance training.
    Thanks so much for listening.
    Subscribe on Apple Podcast, Stitcher , Google Podcast. or Spotify and please rate and review the episode.
    Follow up on Facebook and Instagram
    You can email me with questions or comments at wendy@heyboomer.biz
    Support our sponsor:
    https://www.roadscholar.org/heyboomer 
    – You can find Heidi at her website at heidiskolnik.com or on Instagram and Twitter at @heidiskolnik

    • 44 min
    Mothers, Daughters and Girlfriends

    Mothers, Daughters and Girlfriends

    The mother-daughter relationship is one of deepest mutuality and painful estrangement. Being the same sex, the relationship makes the boundaries less clear. It is easier to project our wishes and expectations onto our daughters then it is with our sons.
    As we work through separating from our mothers to become the autonomous women we are meant to become, we make ask ourselves:
    Did my mother hold me too close?
    Did she want me to be too much like her?
    Did she push me out?
    Did she want to live through us?   


    We talked about the mother archetype which has both a positive and negative association. There is the symbols of The Venus, Mother Mary, The Fairy Godmother on one side and the symbols of the Evil Step Mother and Medusa on the other side.
    Our female friendships become a way to heal some of the difficulties we may bring from the mother-daughter relationship. 
    We ended the episode with a moving story from The Book of Angels, by Sophie Burnham.
    Episode Takeaways:
    1. Become aware, look more deeply at the relationship
    2. Strive to understand some of the differences between mother archetypes.
    3. Interesting the similarities of the MeToo Movement and the climate change movement when looked at through archetypes. Women expected to give, and the abuse of the takers.
    Thanks so much for listening.
    Subscribe on Apple Podcast, Stitcher , Google Podcast. or Spotify
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    You can email me with questions or comments at wendy@heyboomer.biz
    Websites Mentioned:
    RoadScholar.org/heyboomer 
    NAMI.org - National Alliance of Mental Illness
    MHAnational.org/crisisresources  
    – Wendy Green is a Certified Life Coach, working with people going through the sometimes uncomfortable life transition from full-time work to “what’s next.” Find out more about Wendy’s 6-week “What’s Next Transition” Coaching workshop, or contact wendy at wendy@heyboomer.biz
    – You can find Barbara at barbkauf8@gmail.com or comedyshrink.com 

    • 46 min
    Elder Financial Abuse

    Elder Financial Abuse

    Elder Financial Abuse is the fastest growing category of elder abuse, and the numbers are going up every year. 
    Typically a caregiver or family member works to gain the trust of an elderly person and gains access to financial accounts. In this episode we discuss Red Flags to may point to suspicious activity. We talk about things a person can do if they suspect financial abuse. We also talked about other scams, such as phone scams and online scams.
    Part of the reason older people are more vulnerable to financial exploitation is because it is more likely that they are isolated and lonely. Frances Simon, my guest and founder of the PSGroup, suggests that even if your loved one lives out of state, that you develop relationships with neighbors and elder support services where they live.
    Episode Takeaways
    1. Be intentional about getting your financial house in order.
    2. Plan for something fun, in other words, reward yourself for the work you do to get your financial documents in order.
    3. Be organized in your living space. Let your children or contact person know where your paperwork is; do not leave an inheritance of a big mess.
    4. Create a memento box and write letters to your children to store along with memories you want to save for them.

    • 48 min
    Choosing a home for the second half of life

    Choosing a home for the second half of life

    We are living in the Age of Longevity and choosing a home in the second half of life requires planning and reflection.
    Place matters is foundational to this planning. Aging well starts with a vision of what you want. You want to consider location as well as how place will enhance your sense of purpose, social connections, physical activity and financial well-being.
    Ryan Frederick, my guest for this episode, is the author of Right Place, Right Time. He breaks down the importance of each of these components. He has an issue with the term, "aging in place." He prefers the term "living in community" and he explains what he means during our discussion.
    Successful aging is not a solo sport. Include family, friends and a partner if you have one, in the discussion.
    In the episode we talk about alternative housing options, such as intergenerational living, co-housing, co-living and home sharing. 
    Finally, we talked about the importance of investigating health care living options, should they become necessary, before they become necessary. Moving can be disruptive and having to move under dire circumstances only makes it more difficult. Being prepared, having done your homework, may alleviate some of the stress.
    Episode Takeaways:
    1. Give place the respect it deserves
    2. Place matters, choose wisely
    3. Seek counsel with family and friends.
    4. Create opportunities for self-reflections aournd purpose, social connection, physical well-being and financial well-being
    Thanks so much for listening.
    Subscribe on Apple Podcast, Stitcher , Google Podcast. or Spotify
    Follow up on Facebook and Instagram
    You can email me with questions or comments at wendy@heyboomer.biz
    – You can find Ryan Frederick at ryan@smartliving360.com 
    - You can take the Right Place assessment at www.smartliving360.com 

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

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Reinvention Rebel ,

Insightful and Informative

A great listen! Wendy’s podcast is full of information to help navigate midlife and beyond. She’s shining a light on Boomers and the issues that arise. Her episode on choosing a home for the second part of life is so good – full of useful information and important questions to consider. Need help figuring out how to live your best life as you age? This podcast will help you along your path.

Barbara Steve ,

Great show!!!!!

Really made me laugh and feel seen… I enjoyed the ELDER episode! Thanks for doing your podcast. Bri

AdaE77 ,

This is a fun one!

As I get older, I do question the types of topics covered in this podcast. If you want to learn about what to prepare for, this is it!

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