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If you’re an older adult or have maturing loved ones and welcome inspiration and ideas on leading a more enriching life, this podcast is for you. Untrained Wisdom introduces you to people 55+ who currently redefine the paradigm on what it means to become older, and experienced individuals whose guidance helps seasoned generations live more fully.

Untrained Wisdom Shuva Rahim

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

If you’re an older adult or have maturing loved ones and welcome inspiration and ideas on leading a more enriching life, this podcast is for you. Untrained Wisdom introduces you to people 55+ who currently redefine the paradigm on what it means to become older, and experienced individuals whose guidance helps seasoned generations live more fully.

    54: Panola, Ala. COVID-19 Vaccine Advocate Dorothy Oliver

    54: Panola, Ala. COVID-19 Vaccine Advocate Dorothy Oliver

    Dorothy Oliver, owner and operator of the general store in rural Panola, Ala., joined forces with a local county commissioner in 2021 to get as many people as she could to get vaccinated from COVID-19 in her small black community. Dorothy's efforts included diligently communicating with residents and educating them about the disease, which resulted in a nearly 99 percent vaccination rate among the community's adults in a state with one of the lowest vaccination rates in the U.S.
    In this interview, Dorothy talks about the work she did before and after the vaccine became available as well as the recognition she's received publicly, which includes a personal address by Dr. Anthony Fauci. Her story was also featured in a 2021 short documentary by The New Yorker magazine called The Panola Project.
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    • 22 min
    53: Iowa House Candidate Sonya Heitshusen

    53: Iowa House Candidate Sonya Heitshusen

    Sonya Heitshusen was a television anchor and investigative reporter for nearly 30 years in the Des Moines, Iowa metro area. She's currently the public information officer for the Iowa Auditor of State and has had the opportunity to work on some investigations performed by the auditor's office. She's also an endurance athlete having completed three full Ironman races as well as numerous marathons and bike races. Her latest race, however, has nothing to do with swimming, biking, or running. Earlier this year, Sonya announced her candidacy for the Iowa House of Representatives District 28. In this interview, she talks about how her past experiences as a journalist and how her experiences in her previous career as well as endurance training have have prepared her to run for elected state office.
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    Sonya's recommendations:
    - The Choice: Embrace the Possible by Dr. Edith Eger
    - St. Thomas (vacation)
    - Power Life Yoga
    Shuva's recommendation:
    - Belabored: A Vindication of the Rights of Pregnant Women by Lyz Lenz
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    • 36 min
    52: Grief + Healing Author Jennifer Ohman-Rodriguez

    52: Grief + Healing Author Jennifer Ohman-Rodriguez

    Tony Rodriguez was a well-respected trauma therapist whose life was cut short in a tragic accident. Some time after, his wife Jennifer Ohman-Rodriguez began journaling. Many of her raw, unfiltered accounts in the first 14 months of grief became the foundation of her 2022 book, "A Time to Mourn and a Time to Dance: A Love Story of Grief, Trauma, Healing and Faith" published by Chalice Press. In this interview, Jennifer talks about the complexities of navigating life as a widow and mom to their two sons, the therapies she turned to in helping her healing, writing the book, and who this book is for.

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    Jennifer's Recommendations:
    - Cello suites of J.S. Bach
    - The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd 
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    • 41 min
    51: Quad Cities-Based Packing + Moving Expert Gwen Tombergs

    51: Quad Cities-Based Packing + Moving Expert Gwen Tombergs

    Helping others has always been the center of Gwen Tombergs' being, especially when it comes to the senior population. So when the opportunity came to start her own business, she took a leap of faith and started Fresh Start Living QC in January 2021. Based in the Quad Cities – a region of four cities in southeastern Iowa and northwestern Illinois – Gwen helps senior citizens organize and declutter if they are staying in their home or helps them downsize if they are moving. In this interview, Gwen shares how the business started and some of the living situations she comes across.

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    Gwen's Recommendation:
    - DarrenDaily podcast

    Shuva's Recommendations:
    - A Slight Change of Plans podcast
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    • 28 min
    50: "In the Heights" Dancer Lillian Colón

    50: "In the Heights" Dancer Lillian Colón

    Lillian Colón was the first Latina Rockette to perform at Radio City Music Hall. Her years of experience on stage and backstage prepared her to ultimately audition for and be cast as a dancer in the 2021 musical film In the Heights.  In this interview, Lillian shares what it was like to be at the audition and on the set, where she was the oldest dancer. Furthermore, Lillian briefly mentions her rough early years, which she spent in an orphanage and have served as a launching point for recent creative projects, including her memoir called Lilly: The First Latina Rockette. 
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    • 26 min
    49: Aging Adult-Focused Music Therapist Alexis Baker

    49: Aging Adult-Focused Music Therapist Alexis Baker

    Alexis Baker is a licensed and board-certified music therapist in Portland, Oregon who started Bridgetown Music Therapy, a subscription-based video library service with lessons targeted for aging adults. In this interview, Alexis talks about what music therapy (and what it's not), who her clients are within the senior citizen population that utilize her service, how the BMT platform works, and why this type of health service is beneficial. Furthermore, Alexis mentions the American Music Therapy Association as a resource for anyone interested in finding a professional in their area.
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    Alexis' Recommendations:
    - Survivor
    - Fixer to Fabulous
    Shuva's Recommendation:
    - Cheer
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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Gwen FSLQC ,

Packing and Moving Podcast was fun!

Thanks to Shuva for including me in her podcast series! Preparing to move is hard especially for seniors and I was happy to share my experiences with her audience. What a great service her podcasts provide!

Bridgetown MT ,

Reviewing as a guest on the show

I was recently a guest on Untrained Wisdom and just wanted to share my experience. It was a pleasure working with Shuva. She is genuine and made the process easy and fun. Really enjoyed my experience with Shuva and her podcast Untrained Wisdom. Have a listen! Highly recommended.

MaddyMorton:) ,

Untrained Wisdom Review

We were very impressed with the professionalism of Shuva Rahim’s “Untrained Wisdom” podcast. This was our first experience doing a podcast and she was very good at preparing us and putting us at ease during the recording.
We so appreciate the opportunity she gave us early on with our business endeavor. We really enjoy listening to all her podcasts as she has a genuine way with her guests and she covers great topics. We highly recommend this podcast series .

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