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Deborah Heiser, PhD The Right Side of 40

Deborah Heiser, PhD is an Applied Developmental Psychologist with a specialty in Aging. I'm a researcher, TEDx speaker, contributor for Psychology Today, Substack blogger, CEO of The Mentor Project, and adjunct professor of Psychology.

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Embrace The Next Chapter: Unlocking The Potential Of Retirement &Raquo; 7842Aa5F 53D2 4006 B857
Embrace the Next Chapter: Unlocking the Potential of Retirement

Are you apprehensive about Retirement? For many, Retirement signifies departing from a career—a perceived loss. Though anticipated since youth, Retirement’s arrival often evokes feelings o…

Are you apprehensive…

Are you apprehensive about Retirement? For many, Retirement signifies departing from a career—a perceived loss. Though anticipated since youth, Retirement’s arrival often evokes feelings of "jumping off a cliff," "panic," or "loss of identity." However, Retirement need not be synonymous with these anxieties. Instead, it presents an opportunity. Research indicates that by our 50s, 60s, and 70s, we're at our happiest (AARP, 2018). At this stage, we're poised to care for others selflessly (Ehlman, 2012), harboring a wealth of experience and an eagerness to share it. Having honed our s…

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Growing Closer Together &Raquo; A2E14Adb Fd18 4352 B571
Growing Closer Together

Don’t just plant to grow older with your partner. Plan to grow closer.  Meaningful projects with your partner are powerful bonding experiences. Giving back is great. Giving back together …

Don’t just pla…

Don’t just plant to grow older with your partner. Plan to grow closer.  Meaningful projects with your partner are powerful bonding experiences. Giving back is great. Giving back together is better. Subscribe now When you think of giving back, what comes to mind? For most, it is a personal endeavor involving volunteering, mentoring, or Philanthropy. If this is what you imagine for yourself, this is great! If this is what you are already doing, keep going. But don't stop there. Research shows that paired generativity (giving back to a significant other) may be one of the most be…

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The Senior Zone

I had the pleasure of meeting with Shawn Perry, host of The Senior Zone radio show. He’s been connecting seniors in the Washington, DC, area with services for over a decade. His story is particula…

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I had the pleasure of meeting with Shawn Perry, host of The Senior Zone radio show. He’s been connecting seniors in the Washington, DC, area with services for over a decade. His story is particularly interesting because he had a career in the Air Force, and when he retired, was influenced by his grandmother to pivot to the field of aging. Because of Shawn’s work, countless people are connected with financial and mental health resources. I love hearing stories like his because it just takes one person with a passion to impact the world positively. You can check out my interview with S…

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Love And Finances: Navigating The Empty Nest Journey Together On Valentine'S Day &Raquo; D1474B37 644A 404E Be62
Love and Finances: Navigating the Empty Nest Journey Together on Valentine’s Day

Photo by cottonbro studio: https://www.pexels.com/photo/monochrome-photo-of-couple-laughing-3692738/As the calendar turns to February and the aisles of stores don shades of red and pink, Valentine's D…

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Photo by cottonbro studio: https://www.pexels.com/photo/monochrome-photo-of-couple-laughing-3692738/As the calendar turns to February and the aisles of stores don shades of red and pink, Valentine's Day beckons us to celebrate love in its many forms. For empty nesters, this annual occasion may evoke a spectrum of emotions, from nostalgia for the days of homemade valentines and family celebrations to the excitement of rediscovering oneself in an Empty Nest. This Valentine's Day, let us embark on a journey of self-love and exploration, embracing the unique chapters that unfold beyond the hustle …

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Embracing Intrinsic Motivation In Midlife &Raquo; Ef01Ce6D 5F89 455F 9A9D
Embracing Intrinsic Motivation in Midlife

Photo by cottonbro studio: https://www.pexels.com/photo/food-and-drinks-inside-the-carton-box-6590920/ What brings you the most joy? Think of those activities that you willingly engage in without nee…

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Photo by cottonbro studio: https://www.pexels.com/photo/food-and-drinks-inside-the-carton-box-6590920/ What brings you the most joy? Think of those activities that you willingly engage in without needing reminders or external pushes. Whether it's reading, solving crossword puzzles, gardening, cooking, or playing a sport, these activities hold a special place in our hearts. However, have you ever wondered what would happen if you were paid to do something you love? The dynamics change – your intrinsic motivation, the internal desire to engage in the activity, might shift to extrinsic mot…

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