Your Longest Life – Podcast
Welcome to Your Longest Life podcast! If you are 60 years old today, there is a good chance you will live to 100. Are you prepared? This podcast all about exploring how we can live our best life as we age. For full episodes of my podcast, and to hear more about living to 100 check out this link.
Episode 1| Your Longest Life
In this episode of the Your Longest Life podcast, host Ian Thompson interviews Space Makers, Samantha Hackett and Angela Fitzgerald. Do you have a “storage” room at home that reminds you of the Room of Requirement from Harry Potter? Me too! Don’t worry this female-run Nanaimo based small business with a knack for getting stuff done for others is here to help! Link to our blog about these wonderful gals, Organize Your Life.
Episode 2| How to Financially Prepare For Your Longest Life
In this episode of the Your Longest Life podcast, host Ian Thompson interviews Frank Allen, of Frank Allen Financial Group Inc. Making sure you are financially prepared for your longest life is extremely important. It is one this to make it an exceptional age, but it is another to be comfortable financially for all those extra years. Frank helps us dive into issues around finances, retirement, investments and much more. With over 47 years experience in finance, Frank is surely an expert when it comes to setting yourself up for the rest of your life. Here’s a link to our blog for more information, Making Finances Last.
Episode 3| Getting a Life After Retirement
In this episode of the Your Longest Life podcast, host Ian Thompson interviews Nancy K. Schlossberg. “Retirement” is a word that can have a negative reputation. When it shouldn’t, it’s a transition in your life that should be celebrated. Nancy is co-president of TransitionWorks, a consulting firm; professor emerita at the College of Education, University of Maryland, College Park; and served as president of the National Career Development Association. Now let’s dive into everything to do with retirement, from the highs to the lows and all things in between. Here is a link to our blog to follow along while listening, Getting a Life After Retirement.
Episode 4| Nanaimo Family Life Association – Helping Vulnerable Seniors
In this episode of the Your Longest Life podcast, host Ian Thompson interviews Deborah Hollins. Nanaimo Family Life Association is a local, non-profit organization with the goal of helping those in need in across all walks of life. In this interview, we go through a few key factors people need to live a long and fulfilling life. NFLA provides a safe haven for those in need. A beacon for those who don’t know who to turn to for help. No matter their age, sexual orientation, or financial situation. Everyone is welcomed with open arms, and an open mind. Take a listen to learn more about this amazing organization. Here’s a link to our blog to follow along while listening, Nanaimo Family Life Association.
Episode 5| Accounting for Your Senior Years
In this episode of the Your Longest Life podcast, host Ian Thompson interviews Peggy Hoult. Peggy Hoult is a central island income tax accountant, who specializes in taxes to do with aging, caregiving, and disabilities. This can be a topic that many may not think about, until they are faced with a life-changing event. Accounting for your senior years can happen at any point in your life. You don’t need to wait until you must make the decision. Planning for your senior years early helps everyone out, and creates a sense of comfort in what your elder years may look like. Here’s a link to our blog for more helpful information, Accounting for Your Senior Years.
Episode 6| Many Years Make a Life’s Work
In this episode of the Your Longest Life podcast, host Ian Thompson interviews Elizabeth Fideler. With age comes wisdom, and what’s a better place than your workplace to show it off? More and more people are finding they are working into their “retirement years”, and enjoying it! Elizabeth Fideler, author of Aging, Work and Retirement, is an expert on all things to do with the older workforce. Here’s a link to our blog to follow along, and has links to Elizabeth’s books. Many Years Make a Life’s Work.
Episode 7| Staying Close to Home
In this episode of the Your Longest Life podcast, host Ian Thompson interviews Karen Henderson. Aging at home is the goal for many seniors. The comforts and familiarities, that you have spent years cultivating, is where aging would feel best. Karen Henderson, from Long Term Care Planning Network, is an expert at working with individuals and families to find the best solution for long term care. Each situation is different, as there are many factors that play into the decision. Making the right decision is the top priority for everyone involved. Here’s a link to our blog with additional information, and links. Staying Close to Home.
Episode 8| An Interaction A Day Keeps The Doctor Away
In this episode of the Your Longest Life podcast, host Ian Thompson interviews Marta Zaraska. Everyone knows that diet and exercise are good for your health. But most do not know that social interaction is also incredibly important in living a long, and healthy life. Great family to supportive friends to a romantic relationship. All positively impact your health, and lowers morality risks. Marta Zaraska, a science journalist and author of Growing Young: How Friendship, Optimism and Kindness Can Help You Live to 100, guides us through her research into the idea of living longer. Here is the link to our blog with more to dive into. An Interaction A Day Keeps The Doctor Away.
Episode 9| Talking Money With Barbara O’Neill
In this episode of the Your Longest Life podcast, host Ian Thompson interviews Barbara O’Neill. Your Longest Life is wrapping up 2020 by speaking with Barbara about everything from retirement to COVID-19. This year has brought about many changes, and together we are learning how to live more comfortably. Barbara shares the similarities between her recent book, Flipping a Switch: Your Guide to Happiness and Financial Security in Later Life, and events from this past year. Here’s a link to my full blog. Talking Money With Barbara O’Neill.
Episode 10| Retirement Heaven or Hell
In this episode of the Your Longest Life podcast, host Ian Thompson interviews Mike Drak. Mike is a thirty-eight-year veteran of the financial-services industry, and is referred to as a retirement lifestyle designer. We speak about his book, Retirement Heaven or Hell: 9 Principles for Designing Your Ideal Post-Career Lifestyle, and how living longer is presenting new issues than those of the past. Here is a link to the full blog. Retirement Heaven or Hell.
Episode 11| A Gift To The Future
In this episode of Your Longest Life podcast, host Ian Thompson interviews Richard O. Weijo. Rick is the author of Remember Me: Creating and Leaving an Inspiring and Memorable Legacy. We talk about reimaging what a legacy is, and how to leave a meaningful legacy for the future. Speaking from personal experiences, Rick is a great guide to help you create your own lasting legacy. And now, more than ever, people have the time to really think about the gifts they want to give the future. Here is the link for more information on this episode. A Gift To The Future.
Episode 12| A Place To Call Home
In this episode of Your Longest Life podcast, host Ian Thompson interviews Kerry Pearce. One of the biggest decisions in a senior’s life is whether or not to make the move to a retirement home. And if so, what type of community will fit their needs best. Kerry and I dive into these questions, and more. Kerry’s insights as the Community Sales Director of Long Lake Chateau are top notch, and she helps guide us through the decision making process. Finding a place to call home isn’t something to do alone. Here we have a link to my blog about this episode. A Place To Call Home.
Episode 13 | Illuminating the road ahead
In this episode of Your Longest Life podcast, host Ian Thompson interviews Lisa Rill, PHD executive director of senior life source. They discuss becoming better, confident advocates for themselves and their loved ones. Mindset is so important as you age. Being able to talk about it and have the knowledge and resources to make informed and important decisions about desired care in later life is crucial.
Episode 14| Downsizing – 7 Tips To Simplify The Process
Are you or a parent considering downsizing? It’s a big topic for Boomers and their parents, with the reasons being: health considerations, financial situations, moving closer to family and the desire to minimize. Regardless of the reason, the amount of boomers that are downsizing is growing. Join Ian, host to Your longest Life and Kirsten Reed Edens, content and branding expert for business and the founder of Managing Midlife as they discuss Downsizing – 7 Tips to simplify the process.
Episode 15| Sacred Journeys – End of life Doula
Ian Thompson host to “Your longest life” is joined by Erin a death doula. What is a death doula? It is someone who helps you with the dying process much like a midwife or a doula does with the birthing process. They aim to help families cope with death through recognizing it as a natural and important part of life. It can also include advanced care planning, end of life planning, grief support and anything in between and beyond. Erin is very compassionate, empathetic, an active listener and her goal is to make you as comfortable as you can be with the process of death. Erin’s goal is that her clients be surrounded by love and comfort as they cross over. She will work together with you to plan the best environment for your final days. She says, “some things may be out of our control but that doesn’t mean we can’t make it meaningful and sacred.” She is open to any and all ideas as long as you are both safe. The service would also include companionship and sitting vigil for you during your final days.
Episode 16| Everything Retirement – Life Begins Now!
Join Ian Thompson, host of your longest life as he talks with Don Tamelin Cocreator of Everything Retirement – Living life begins now. At Everything Retirement, they help you by being your map, navigating through mysterious territory that retirement is for many of us. Retirement opens an engaging and inspiring world of possibilities to those who enter it. It is one of the most important transitions in life, with financial, psychological, and physical moments. On their Website you can find information about wellness, finances, relationships, lifestyle, recreation, work, and fun. Ian asks Don some important questions like how COVID might have changed people’s mindset about retiring? Ageism, if you are 65 and you decide to stay in the workplace, how does the employer need to adjust their thinking and keep these people that would have been gone years ago? Tune into this episode to find out some answers to questions about retirement.
Episode 17| Healthier Aging – Thoughts on Growing Older, Wiser and Happier
In this episode of Your Longest Life podcast, host Ian Thompson interviews Meg Selig, author of Silver Sparks ~ Thoughts on Growing Older, Wiser, and Happier. Meg wrote this book during the pandemic and was shocked to learn that people are happier as they age. She asks do you have FOGO? Fear of getting older?
Well in this episode Meg and I chat about the new definitions of ‘What Old is’, ‘How Old is Old’ and all the ‘Good News about Aging’. We unravel the narrative of what we have been taught all these years and talk about re-telling the story of getting older.
Episode 18| Why Fighting Ageism is Important
On this episode of Your Longest Life podcast, host Ian Thompson interviews Jeanette Leardi – Gerontologist & Educator. Opening the discussions on Ageism and how we need to promote Intergenerational Mindset. As Jeanette reminds us – If you’re alive, you’re aging. It’s as simple as that.
There is a lot of great stuff about getting older and employers need to embrace hiring older candidates. The older brain is a great problem solver and intergenerational work teams are essential to a thriving business. We are even seeing more intergenerational living to combat against high markets. This podcast celebrates – letting go of the stereotypes. And caps off with how it is important to have the mindset of giving and learning.
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