Growing Old(er)!

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We will talk about retirement, health care, care giving, dating, finances, and serendipity among other topics. We also will talk to people about “Growing” as they age. How are they growing mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Our shows are about 40 minutes long and our schedule is to have one episode out every week.

Of course we want to make it easy to find us, so here are a few links in alphabetical order:

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If you think you would like to spend some time talking with us about Growing Old(er)!, read these pages and then text GO! to 512-338-4075 and we can talk. If you would like to be a sustaining member of Growing Old(er)! then please follow this link and donate. All donations are tax deductible.

We are all doing it.

Interested?

Send us an email and tell us what you want to talk about. You don’t even have to be old because all of us are growing older one day at a time.

Future Episodes:

In the midst of a pandemic we wil start a special series of podcasts onl the topic of grief. Loss is part of life and we explore how people have dealt with/are dealing with the grief that comes with loss. Loss of someone or something can be devastating in many ways and we explore how different people cope.

We have agreement with a number of folks to be guests on the podcast. That includes a couple of service providers who will converse in Trailers on what things make the aging process easier and better. One is a dentist, one an attorney and one is a Registered Nurse that helps families gather the information that is important when someone gets to the point where they need help on a day to day basis.

Special Series:

GOOD GRIEF!

1 – Jung at Heart:
Truda Stransky

Truda has been a psychoanalyst for 36 years. She is still working with clients via the internet but she sat down with us in the studio to talk about her Jungian view of grief. Loss is real and everyone experiences it. What we heard from Truda is that everyone deals with it in their own way. Truda also was gracious enough to talk about her own grief. This is the beginning of a special series on Grief where our guests will talk about how they have dealt with their losses and the resulting grief.

Weekly Episodes:

Photograph of Richard Eisenberg
31 – Using Media to Unleash the Potential of Older Americans:
Rich Eisenberg

Coming Soon: Episode 31: Rich is Managing Editor at Next Avenue, a non-profit that is a part of the PBS system and whose mission statement says “Our mission is to meet the needs and unleash the potential of older Americans through the power of media. He is an author of two books about personal finance and they are both on Amazon. How to Avoid a Mid-Life Financial Crisis (Avoid Book) and The Money Book of Personal Finance (Money Book). Rich can be reached via email at reisenbert@nextavenue.org and on twitter at @richeis315

30 – Non Linear Careers: Neuropsychology to Modeling
Melissa Mangili, PhD

Episode 30: August 12, 2021: Melissa is currently working as a fashion model and she spoke with Ani and Preston about that work. Melissa and I met over lunch at a National Bike Summit and I was instantly a little bit in love. Her energy permeates any room she is in. She is an ardent advocate and activist for social justice, women and cyclists. This is a second career, her first included a stint as a Clinical Neuropsychologist in Rhode Island including adjunct work at Brown University. Here is a link to her modeling agency (Donahuemodels.com) for booking and her Instagram account (@melissa.mangili) for following. We have gone to a subscription model for help in funding our work. If you like what we are doing and want to get special podcasts just for subscribers then follow this link and subscribe! https://anchor.fm/growing-older/subscribe. We will be doing at least one podcast a month that will be special for subscribers and will be ad free.com

29 – Life After Work: A Lot to be Thankful For:
F. John Wilkes, Jr.

Episode 29: John talks about his new book, his time in France and Africa and our times together in Prep School as well as his life that he is thankful for. John has recently published a book “The Star Gazer: An Amazing Serch for Family” that is basically an autobiography with the names changed to protect the guilty. It is available on Amazon (use the whole name “The Star Gazer” to avoid confusion. Or you can go to John’s website (created by his son Nat) and get the back story. This link will take you to the “SHOP” page but you should click on “HOME” to get the full effect. This is a fairly wide ranging interview with a prep school class mate of Preston’s. John played football and Preston ran cross country so you can see that they didn’t hang out in the same spaces. John has had a life of privilege and is suitably appreciative of the opportunities that he has faced. Now at 77 he doesn’t look his age. However, he is facing medical issues and is still working to keep fit and active. He just got back home to New Jersey after a two week cruise with his wife.

28 – Finding my roots in Art and Books:
Linda Anderson

Episode 28: August 29, 2021: Linda dives into the world of books and book conservancy as well as her background as an art teacher. She makes her own sketch books and recently returned from a camping trip that covered 2,500 miles in the Southwest. She talks about NaNoWiMo or National November Writing Month when you are supposed to do a novel of 50,000 words in 30 days. We have gone to a subscription model for help in funding our work. If you like what we are doing and want to get special podcasts just for subscribers then follow this link and subscribe! https://anchor.fm/growing-older/subscribe. We will be doing at least one podcast a month that will be special for subscribers and will not have any ads.

27 – My Turn at Life, with age comes empowerment: Jessica Lemann

Episode 27: August 22, 2021: Jessica Lemann talks with Ani and Preston about her life and her work as Associate Director of Outreach & Advocacy at AARP in Texas. She gives us insights into the philosophy of AARP as well as the focus of some of the programs like Livable Communities. We have crossed paths frequently in the past as Jessica has worked on bicyclist safety and livable communities. Besides Jessica is a very smart, interesting person in her own right. We had a good time with this one, some people it is just fun to talk with and be around. We have gone to a subscription model for help in funding our work. If you like what we are doing and want to get special podcasts just for subscribers then follow this link and subscribe! https://anchor.fm/growing-older/subscribe. We will be doing at least one podcast a month that will be special for subscribers and will not have any ads.

26 – Recovery Coordinator talks about her work:
Elizabeth Sluder

Episode 26: 08/15/2021 Preston talks with Elizabeth Sluder about the work she is involved in helping people live a life after addiction. In a relatively rural area of historic Virginia she helps create space for people to help themselves. She is also working towards her own aging years through activity and diet. Elizabeth is also Preston’s cousin… Listening to all she is doing is exhausting…We have gone to a subscription model for help in funding our work. If you like what we are doing and want to get special podcasts just for subscribers then follow this link and subscribe! https://anchor.fm/growing-older/subscribe. We will be doing at least one podcast a month that will be special for subscribers and will not have any ads.

25 – Providing service to those in need
Elsa Bui

Episode 25: Elsa is a first generation American who has a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy and is working to make the lives of our elder population better. A year ago she started a business “Elderwheels” to provide “Premium assisted mobility for Seniors.” This interview got pretty intense as we touched on many issues that Elsa feels strongly about. One of Elsa’s biggest concerns is that many people don’t recognize that other people may operate differently and have different ways of dealing with the world. If you want personal service for your necessary trip, Call or text Elsa at 512-779-8383 or email at elderwheelsatx@gmail.com. We have gone to a subscription model for help in funding our work. If you like what we are doing and want to get special podcasts just for subscribers then follow this link and subscribe! https://anchor.fm/growing-older/subscribe. We will be doing at least one podcast a month that will be special for subscribers and will not have any ads.

24 – Helping people helps him grow:
DeVon Darden

Episode 24: August 1, 2021:We talked about how helping people helps him to continue growing as he ages. DeVon is a Marine, a Financial Planner, and is working to make his community better. He expects to live until he is 95 which gives him a lot of time to make a difference. If after listening to him talk about himself and his view of the world, you are interested in his professional help you can reach him at DeVonwDarden@FinancialGuide.com. We have gone to a subscription model for help in funding our work. If you like what we are doing and want to get special podcasts just for subscribers then follow this link and subscribe! https://anchor.fm/growing-older/subscribe. We will be doing at least one podcast a month that will be special for subscribers and will not have any ads.

23 – Retiring in Thailand and keeping fit:
Tye and Chip Pierpont

Episode 23: July 25, 2021: Tye and Chip talking about traveling all over the world and the people they have met, about physical fitness and their decision to leave the United States for their retirement home in Thailand! Their travel stories are amazing as this couple have immersed themselves in the cultures they have found themselves in. They talk about holding Syrian refugee babies in Greece! We have gone to a subscription model for help in funding our work. If you like what we are doing and want to get special podcasts just for subscribers then follow this link and subscribe! https://anchor.fm/growing-older/subscribe. We will be doing at least one podcast a month that will be special for subscribers and will not have any ads.

22 – Life and music in Austin: 
Howie Richey

Episode 22: Howie Richey talking about his 50 years in Austin. I think Howie Richey’s Twitter account says it all: Howie Richey (@howzow). Party host, ace Texpert tour guide, social designer, woodworker, word arranger, radio personality, funny sort. Howie Richey (@howzow). Party host, ace Texpert tour guide, social designer, woodworker, word arranger, radio personality, funny sort. He has also written a book about Austin called Party Weird and that is the link to buy it. We met Howie through his wife Linda Anderson who showed up at our Tai Chi group and then both of them showed up at a campout event near Castroville, TX that was hosted by a mutual friend. They are the kind of interesting, out of the box, folks we generally are drawn to. Howie came to the “Studio” in our house for this interview. We have gone to a subscription model for help in funding our work. If you like what we are doing and want to get special podcasts just for subscribers then follow this link and subscribe! https://anchor.fm/growing-older/subscribe. We will be doing at least one podcast a month that will be special for subscribers and will not have any ads.

21 – Anti Ageism by two thirty somethings: 
Kyrie Carpenter and Ryan Baker

Episode 21: Kyrié Carpenter and Ryan Baker talking about Anti-Ageism and growing older.First, we are glad to be back from the long break we took during the pandemic. What with selling and buying a house, moving our furniture in to storage, traveling around to AirBNBs and then moving all that stuff in storage back into a new house and then to both have to go in for surgery… it has been an eventful time. But today, we are back and excited about our two guests. Our primary focus is on Growing Old(er)! and we are all doing that, but our guests today helped create a website/clearinghouse for resources to combat Ageism. That site is OldSchool.info and they worked with Ashley Applewhite to make it happen. People are always surprised to hear that Ani and I are approaching 80. That is because they have an idea of what 80 looks like and have a skewed vision of what 80 year olds should act like. Kyrié (Kee-re-ay) Carpenter (6/6/86) has an interesting website called Kyrieosity.com.  She does keynotes and workshops to “plant the seeds of personal and cultural growth” and also is managing editor of the blog posts on ChangingAging with Dr. Bill Thomas. I took the effort to read her masters thesis to see what she had to say about the Anti-Aging myth in America. She has an interesting take and I will ask her about that.Ryan Backer (6/8/88) is a self-proclained Age Activist – They identify as a white, non-binary, European-American ‘old person in training’ with a BS degree in Gerontological Studies. He also aims high, aiming to eradicate all forms of oppression.  On his website AgeActivism.com he talks about his workshops called AGE QUEER. Sit back and relax and lets see what our guests have to say about Anti-Ageism and Growing Old(er)!. We have gone to a subscription model for help in funding our work. If you like what we are doing and want to get special podcasts just for subscribers then follow this link and subscribe! https://anchor.fm/growing-older/subscribe. We will be doing at least one podcast a month that will be special for subscribers and will not have any ads.

20 – 86 years young: 
Chris Crowley

Episode 20: Chris Crowley, Author of Younger Next Year talks about aging well. The conversation in this episode is far ranging but keeps coming back to being active physically and mentally to maintain your edge into your 80’s and beyond. Chris Crowley, 86 year old Author of Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy – Until You’re 80 and Beyond has sold over 2 million copies and been translated into 23 languages. This book was his first about what you can do to help you age better and enjoy aging more. Chris also recommends his book Younger Next Year The Exercise Program and Fit Forever videos. The newest edition of the YNY book has new material about keeping mentally active as well. Chris quoted his co-author, Henry Lodge as saying “how long you live is 80% genetics and how well you live is 20% genetics.”
Chris and I met at a bicycle camp in Connecticut 15 years ago just after his book was first published. Now he has released a new edition with new material about mental aging and staving off Alzheimer’s disease. The 20th episode Growing Old(er)! seemed a great time to ask him to talk about what he has learned about aging well.
We are approaching 1,000 plays of the 20 episodes and that is a major milestone for us. We have gone to a subscription model for help in funding our work. If you like what we are doing and want to get special podcasts just for subscribers then follow this link and subscribe! https://anchor.fm/growing-older/subscribe. We will be doing at least one podcast a month that will be special for subscribers and will not have any ads.

19 – Air BNB and my 80th year in the Pandemic
Ani and Ty

Episode 19: Hosted by Preston “Ty” Tyree: Ani Colt is in her 80th year and talks about what that means and how an adventure is playing out during this time of pandemic and civil unrest around criminal justice reform. We were in an amazing casita (Air BNB) just outside of Santa Fe when we did this podcast. Sitting on the porch watching a storm come across the valley. We have gone to a subscription model for help in funding our work. If you like what we are doing and want to get special podcasts just for subscribers then follow this link and subscribe! https://anchor.fm/growing-older/subscribe. We will be doing at least one podcast a month that will be special for subscribers and will not have any ads.

18 – A recovering Iconoclast and FrankenBike
Chris Gross

Episode 18: Chris Gross talks with Preston Tyree about the FrankenBike swap meets. We also got into discussions about making money, loving people, the pandemic and criminal justice. Chris calls himself a recovering iconoclast as he reaches 50 years old.We have gone to a subscription model for help in funding our work. If you like what we are doing and want to get special podcasts just for subscribers then follow this link and subscribe! https://anchor.fm/growing-older/subscribe. We will be doing at least one podcast a month that will be special for subscribers and will not have any ads.

17 – Emotion is Energy in Motion
Suzann Robins

Episode 17: Hosted by Ani Colt: Ani Colt speaks with her friend Suzann Robins — a 30 minute conversation that covers gender, labels, the importance of embracing diversity and so much more. Suzann, who Ani sees as a really smart woman,  speaks of us living in a world where we are afraid of each other — that this is not a way to love — why we need to stand on the side of love. Suzann uses phrases such as “emotion is energy in motion”, and intimacy: “if I let you see into me — then we have intimacy.” Suzann and Ani scheduled the interview to discuss the murder of George Floyd and the conversation reached further into many diverse issues. Suzann and Ani came together for friendship and higher purpose work shortly before 9/11, another world changing atrocity. Suzann’s book is Exploring Intimacy – Cultivating Healthy Relationships through Insight and Intuition. Suzann Robins. It’s widely available in print and e-book formats. One of the things that Suzann does is lead Cuddle Parties and more information can be found at this link. We have gone to a subscription model for help in funding our work. If you like what we are doing and want to get special podcasts just for subscribers then follow this link and subscribe! https://anchor.fm/growing-older/subscribe. We will be doing at least one podcast a month that will be special for subscribers and will not have any ads.

16 – Buying, Selling and Moving in the Pandemic
Ani and Ty

Episode 16: Cohosted by Ani Colt and Preston “Ty” Tyree: getting married in your 70s is not for sissies. But selling a house, buying a new house and trying to figure out what to throw away adds a who level of complexity. Ani and Ty talk about moving in the middle of a Pandemic. You can help support this podcast by clicking on this link and donating a small amount monthly.

15 – Be before you Do
Sandy Gil

Episode 15: Hosted by Ani Colt: Sandy Gil and I clicked when we first met a couple of years ago now. She’s a 1946, born eleven months after World War II ended. Growing has always been important to Sandy and her work involves helping other people grow. Because of the pandemic, Sandy is taking the time to go deeper into the process. She speaks of the need to “Be before the Do.”

14 – Everything begins and ends in connection with our bodies
Susan Kaye

Episode 14: Ani talks with Dr. Susan Kaye: Today, I recorded a session with my friend Susan Kaye, actually Dr. Susan Kaye. Susan is a Ph.D., Sexologist, Sexuality Educator, and Surrogate Partner Specialist. As it says on her website, Dr.SusanKaye.com, she believes that everything begins and ends in connection with our bodies, “I help others to heal and to grow through connecting to this vehicle that takes us through life.” I met her through her work — as I’d been involved in the sexuality world through a journal I published on spirituality and sexuality. Susan and I spoke about the need for healthy touch. Susan is a woman who feels she is doing what she was meant to do in this life. Born in 1949, Susan is going strong in her work and life at age 70! It was a great gift to do this podcast with Susan and hope it encourages you as well as entertains.You can help support this podcast by clicking on this link and donating a small amount monthly.

13 – Spirituality and Nurturing: Exploring Human Touch
Epiphany Jordan

Episode 13: Ani talks with Epiphany Jordan: Epiphany lives out of the box, and this interview with her helped me discover why she is so darn interesting, starting with her parents. Her Jewish grandfather was on the run from the Nazis right before World War Two started. Her mother was born in Palestine and is half Catholic and half Jewish. Her Muslim father was born in India, and grew up in South Africa. Each came to USC for college. Both of her parents were academics in Reno where Epiphany was born. She shares in the interview about her unique spirituality and that one of her core strengths or pillars of her personality is around nurturing. Epiphany is the author of the book Somebody Hold Me, the single person’s guide to nurture human touch, Our recording was done during the COVID-19 pandemic. She said after we are finished with social distancing, “We have a chance to redesign human touch, which has kind of been my mission for a long time.” You can help support this podcast by clicking on this link and donating a small amount monthly.

12 – Being flexible and adapting to what comes along:
Deaton Bednar

Episode 12: Deaton talks to us about her life and how she is dealing with growing old(er)!. She is making a difference in other peoples lives in there second or is it her third career. She is owner and prime operator for Texas Bike Tours. Link to Texas Bike Tours. One of her comments is worth living with, “When something doesn’t go right, I think Oh, wow!. I can’t wait to see what good is going to come out of that.” You can help support this podcast by clicking on this link and donating a small amount monthly.

11 – Abundant Living East Texas style: A weekend in Nature
George and Suzette

Episode 11: We review the three days we spent at the Abundant Living Retreat. Who we talked to, what we heard and a short conversation with George who runs Camp Allen in Navasota, TX. We also talk briefly with our favorite History Nerd, Suzette about her life. Here is a link to the Camp Allen site. Abundant Living is sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Texas and the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Here is a link to the Abundant Living site. Here is a 23 sec video of the group at the closing session.

10 – From running a hospital in Bagdhad to a small business in Virginia:
Amy Coon

Episode 10: We get our youngest guest so far. Amy is a 37 year old retired Army Medical Corp Major who has done some amazing things in this world and is now starting the rest of her life with a new husband, new city and a new business. You can help support this podcast by clicking on this link and donating a small amount monthly.

09 – The dream of ONEderment Central
Ani and Ty

Episode 9: Ani and Ty talk about Ani’s Growing Old(er)! and ONEderment Central. I must admit, we have a good time talking about life. You can help support this podcast by clicking on this link and donating a small amount monthly.

08 – A woman in a man’s world
Virginia Stanton

Episode 8: Virginia S lost her parents as a teenager and forged a successful career in the traditionally man’s world of drafting and engineering. She parlayed that into a career in public service and paid for her own Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Now she is retired and still moving ahead. She is a great story teller so this episode runs a little longer than most. (03/15/2020) Link to Guest Transcript PDF 8

07 – Making old age work better
Debbie Pearson

Episodes 7 and Episode 7.5 (a lot of material so we broke it into two chapters): Debbie P gives us some hints about what we need to make our journey into old age work better. If you want to see more about Debbie and her work, check out these links: CareFor and Age Your Way. 03/08/2020 Link to Guest Transcript PDF 7.0 Link to Guest Transcript PDF 7.5

06 – Ty talks to Active Towns
Ty and John

Episode 6 (Growing Old(er)! Host Ty is a guest on John Simmerman’s Active Towns Podcast): John S: Talks with Ty Tyree about Mueller, trikes and how to build a community with activity assets that make it better for everyone. 03/01/2020

05 – It doesn’t always turn out…
Michele Golding

Episode 5: Michele G: “I think my point of view is that it doesn’t always turn out the way one planned, expected, or wanted on many levels: financially, emotionally, socially, physically/medically, or independently.” 02/23/2020 Link to Guest Transcript PDF

04 – Career and Family
Veronica Castro

Episode 4: Veronica C talks about her career and reminisces about her mother and grandmother in Mexico City. 02/16/2020 Link to Guest Transcript PDF

Trailer E4: Quick chat with Veronica about the strong women in her life. 02/10/2020

03 – Get to know your safety net
John Thomas

Episode 3: John T. talks about his career and how he didn’t fully understand how Medicare and Social Security works. He notes that he also didn’t understand his health insurance. 02/09/2020 Link to Guest Transcript PDF

02 – Helping an elderly relative cope
Larry

Episode 2: Larry tells about dealing with an elderly relative as he begins to lose the ability to handle his own finances. 02/03/2020 Note: the identity of the guest and his subjects have been disguised due to privacy considerations.

01 – The luck of the draw
Roger

Episode 1: Roger recognizes that he hasn’t planned much but ended up with a pretty good life. 01/22/2020

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