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The Paradox of Aging with John Leland
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Dorian Mintzer, Ph.D.  BCC -- Retirement Expert Dorian Mintzer, Ph.D. BCC -- Retirement Expert
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Dateline: Boston , MA
Monday, September 16, 2019

 
The Paradox of Aging with John Leland

What can we all learn about living better from people who have lived long enough to know something about life? John Leland, an award-winning New York Times reporter, spent a year following six people over age 85, expecting to write about the hardships of growing old. Instead, he got a wealth of lessons that surprised him. In a culture that worships youth, older people are more content, less stressed, and better able to deal with loss than younger people. The good news about old age, as Leland wrote in his book Happiness is a Choice You Make: Lessons From a Year Among the Oldest Old, a New York Times bestseller, is that there is good news of old age.

The answer came from an unexpected place: from the lives of six people age 85 and up. He expected them to educate him in the hardships of old age. Instead, they taught him lessons of resilience, gratitude, purpose, and perspective that apply to people of any age. All had lost something – spouses, mobility, their keen eyesight or hearing. But none had lost everything. And they defined their lives by the things they could still do, not by what they had lost.

Sociologists call this the “paradox of aging.” As much as our culture obsesses over youth, older people are more content with their lives than young adults. They’re less stressed, less afraid of death, better able to manage whatever difficulties come their way – even when their lives are very, very hard. The good news about old age is that there is good news. And the better news is that we can all learn from our elders’ wisdom and experience. Whatever your age, it’s not too late to learn to think like an old person.

In this program, you’ll learn their strategies for cultivating:

  • resilience
  • gratitude
  • interdependence rather than independence
  • purpose
  • acceptance, including accepting mortality

All the details of our upcoming call are below:

Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Time: 12:00 noon Eastern (9:00 am Pacific, 10 AM Mountain, 11 am Central, and 6 AM Hawaiian)
Topic: The Paradox of Aging: Why People Are Happier as They Age
Speaker: John Leland, NY Times journalist and author

About John Leland

John Leland is a reporter at the New York Times, where he wrote a year-long series following six people age 85 and up, which became the basis for his new book, Happiness Is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old,  a New York Times bestseller. Before joining the Times in 2000, he was a senior editor at Newsweek and editor-in-chief of Details magazine.

Dr. Dorian Mintzer,  M.S.W., Ph.D., BCC (Board Certified Coach) is a coach, therapist, teacher and writer with extensive clinical experience. She speaks to professional and community groups. As a coach, she helps women, men, and couples reinvent themselves in the second half of life. She is a co-founder of Certified Retirement Coaching 2.0., the founder of the Boomers and Beyond Special Interest Group for interdisciplinary professionals, and founder and host of a monthly webinar on the 4th Tuesday of each month: Revolutionize Your Retirement Interview with Experts Series for professionals and the public.  She weaves adult development, holistic life planning, and positive psychology into programs that tap and shape clients’ energies into roadmaps for wiser, more enhanced living.

She has written about many topics pertaining to the second half of life and aging. She is co-author of The Couples Retirement Puzzle: 10 Must-Have Conversations for Creating An Amazing New Life Together and has also contributed to Not Your Mother's Retirement; 70 Things to Do When You Turn 70; 80 Things to do When you Turn 80; Six Secrets For a Happy Retirement; 65 Things to Do When You Retire: Travel; Live Smart After 50!; 65 Things To Do When You Retire; Remarkable and Real; and Making Marriage a Success.  She is also co-producer of The Career Playbook: Second Half Plays.

She’s been featured in a variety of media such as the WSJ, NY Times, USA Today, Washington Post, NPR, ABC Evening News and the Today Show. She delivered a TedX talk on “Embracing your Bonus Years: A Time to Grow, Learn and Evolve.”

For more information on Dorian Mintzer, visit her site at https://www.revolutionizeretirement.com.  Her book is available for purchase on Amazon.com

 
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