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Gail Zelitzky & Catherine Marienau Women Over 70 - Aging Reimagined

The decades that begin in our 70s require Resilience to deal with new challenges, gratitude for living longer, and inspiration to enrich our own and others’ lives. Hosts Gail Zelitzky and Catherine Marienau are two such women. Their stories and the stories of the over 200 women they have interviewed celebrate women’s enduring courage, compassion and contribution. Our compelling stories shatter the myth that we become irrelevant as we age.

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288 Sally Fox: My Most Creative Work Is My Life—Yours Can Be Too &Raquo; 748208 867872
288 Sally Fox: My Most Creative Work Is My Life—Yours Can Be Too

Sally Jean Fox’s 2023 book, Meeting the Muse After Midlife: A Journey to Meaning, Creativity, and Joy, tells her story of finding joy in being creative after 50, as she explored gardening, clowning,…

Sally Jean Fox’s 2…

Sally Jean Fox’s 2023 book, Meeting the Muse After Midlife: A Journey to Meaning, Creativity, and Joy, tells her story of finding joy in being creative after 50, as she explored gardening, clowning, improv theatre, storytelling, and singing. Always keen on writing, Sally took up painting at age 69 and exhibited 30 paintings three years later. Although Sally now sees herself as an artist, she emphasizes that creativity is not just about producing art; rather, the “most creative thing we can do is design our lives, every day, to be engaging, expansive, and full of learning. As the head of En…

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287 Cheri Boublis: Innovative Hospitality For Older Adults-- Living A Vibrant Lifestyle &Raquo; 748208 867872
287 Cheri Boublis: Innovative Hospitality for Older Adults– Living a Vibrant Lifestyle

Cheri Boublis is Senior Director for Hospitality Services at Plymouth Place in LaGrange Park, Illinois, a model for active community living. Cheri collaborates with the leadership, residents, vendors,…

Cheri Boublis is Sen…

Cheri Boublis is Senior Director for Hospitality Services at Plymouth Place in LaGrange Park, Illinois, a model for active community living. Cheri collaborates with the leadership, residents, vendors, and the larger community to offer wide-ranging services for adults who choose a vibrant lifestyle. Choice is the guiding concept for most everything at Plymouth Place—design of living space, travel, dining, cultural programs, the arts, wellness, and more. Cheri says she is of the age that she could live at Plymouth Place, and she looks forward to doing so when she is ready for that transition.…

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286 Beverly Pimsleur'S: A Love Affair With Language And Life &Raquo; 748208 867872
286 Beverly Pimsleur's: A Love Affair with Language and Life

Joy has always been a part of Beverly Pimsleur's life. Her extended family in Louisville KY loved to be together, to dance, sing and have fun.She recognized the importance of language from a young  a…

Joy has always been …

Joy has always been a part of Beverly Pimsleur's life. Her extended family in Louisville KY loved to be together, to dance, sing and have fun.She recognized the importance of language from a young  age and started learning French in high school. She met her husband, a French professor, on a blind date in her twenties and changed her plans about living in France in order to marry him, anticipating they would someday live there together — which theydid. She became fluent in 4 different languages and believes in the importance of teaching English as a 2nd language.Paul was the creator of the …

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285 Helen Benjamin: Education Changes The Life Trajectory Of Every Person &Raquo; 748208 867872
285 Helen Benjamin: Education Changes the Life Trajectory of Every Person

As an educational leader and mentor, Dr. Helen Benjamin tells stories aboutgrowing up in the segregated South, living and working in two worlds—Blackand White, and helping younger Black professional…

As an educational le…

As an educational leader and mentor, Dr. Helen Benjamin tells stories aboutgrowing up in the segregated South, living and working in two worlds—Blackand White, and helping younger Black professionals navigate their CEO rolesin community colleges. In semi-Retirement, Helen leads HSV Consulting, Inc,works with “dozens of colleges, boards, and CEOs to advance student-centered organizational and leadership improvement,” and continues writingto preserve African American history. Helen finds that at age 74 she is in“the best place I’ve ever been in my life—smarter, wiser, thriftier, and …

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284 Annamarie Pluhar: Shared Housing: No One Should Be Isolated &Raquo; 748208 867872
284 Annamarie Pluhar: Shared Housing: No One Should be Isolated

Do you want to share housing but find the transition scary? We often live in shared housing when we are single: college, roommates in camp, at conferences, during our early careers. Living with housem…

Do you want to share…

Do you want to share housing but find the transition scary? We often live in shared housing when we are single: college, roommates in camp, at conferences, during our early careers. Living with housemates as we age is no different. Annamarie Pluhar, 70, is a well-spoken advocate for shared housing and offers valuable ways of thinking to simplify the process. After receiving her Masters in Divinity, then working in a corporation, facilitating large groups, Annamarie started a non-profit to promote the importance of shared housing. She consults with organizations, housing professionals, the agi…

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283 Mary Mitchell: Giving A Voice To The Voiceless &Raquo; 748208 867872
283 Mary Mitchell: Giving a Voice to the Voiceless

Mary Mitchell, age 74, sheds light on aging and ageism in her occasional column for the Chicago Sun Times, Starting Over. Mary ‘started over’ five years ago when she switched her journalistic auth…

Mary Mitchell, age 7…

Mary Mitchell, age 74, sheds light on aging and ageism in her occasional column for the Chicago Sun Times, Starting Over. Mary ‘started over’ five years ago when she switched her journalistic authority on race relations in Chicago to concentrate on matters of growing older. She advocates that longevity is a blessing and aging offers an opportunity to do well atsomething else. Mary’s guiding tenets are always equity and fairness when dealing with social isms. When we are equitable and fair, Mary says, “we are doing the best we can.”" I give people platforms to tell their own stories, …

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282 Ann Anderson Evans: A Wife’s Unanswered Questions About Transgender And Suicide &Raquo; 748208 867872
282 Ann Anderson Evans: A Wife’s Unanswered Questions About Transgender and Suicide

Ann Anderson Evans, age 82, lives in Vermont. She is a writer, linguist, and former professor. Her first memoir, Daring to Date Again (2014), which tells the story of what happened after she started d…

Ann Anderson Evans, …

Ann Anderson Evans, age 82, lives in Vermont. She is a writer, linguist, and former professor. Her first memoir, Daring to Date Again (2014), which tells the story of what happened after she started dating at 62, won multiple prizes. Her sequel The Sweet Pain of Being Alive: A Memoir of Love and Death (Jan. 2024), narrates her attempt to find out why, after 13 happily married years, her husband killed himself. Her questions about his gender dsyphoria and suicide remain largely unanswered. Ann tries to heed the wisdom of the Buddhist saying, “You can’t change the past, the future hasn’t h…

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281 Susan Gangsei: Tapestries Reveal The Passages Of Women Aging &Raquo; 748208 867872
281 Susan Gangsei: Tapestries Reveal the Passages of Women Aging

Susan Gangsei, a classically trained tapestry artist from Minneapolis, MN, uses her talent to create images of women aging. Her recent series, The Sacred Journey of Aging, features the “beauty, stre…

Susan Gangsei, a cla…

Susan Gangsei, a classically trained tapestry artist from Minneapolis, MN, uses her talent to create images of women aging. Her recent series, The Sacred Journey of Aging, features the “beauty, strength, and wisdom of older women.” Susan treats viewers to her tapestries that represent different passages of growing older—feeling invisible, making mischief, putting the pieces back together, reimagining how to live with a health condition, and recognizing the paradoxes of life. Susan will exhibit selected pieces at the Women Over 70-Aging Reimagined Symposium, October 19,2024, in the Chicag…

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280 Jacynth Bassett: Ageism Is Never In Style - 31 Year Old Activist &Raquo; 748208 867872
280 Jacynth Bassett: Ageism is Never in Style – 31 year old Activist

Visionary and disrupter, Jacynth Bassett, is an award-winning, highly sought after consultant and expert in the anti-ageism/ age-inclusive & positive movement. At only 31, she is widely recognized…

Visionary and disrup…

Visionary and disrupter, Jacynth Bassett, is an award-winning, highly sought after consultant and expert in the anti-ageism/ age-inclusive & positive movement. At only 31, she is widely recognized as a leading pioneer and voice, awarded ‘Anti-Ageist Activist’ of 2023, at the inaugural Advantages Of Age Awards 2023. and named one of Evening Standard’s 22 Londoners Changing the World.She is the Founder & CEO of the award-winning global campaign, consultancy & community Ageism Is Never In Style®, and of The Bias Cut – the first age-inclusive independent Fashion online boutiqu…

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279 Michele Kurlander: Obsessions For Art &Amp; Music Icons Fuel Her Life &Raquo; 748208 867872
279 Michele Kurlander: Obsessions for Art & Music Icons Fuel Her Life

LIfe is a constant adventure for Michele Kurlander, 79. She lives in Chicago, yet her heart is in France. A fluent francophile, Michelle spends much of her life traveling between Chicago and Paris. Th…

LIfe is a constant a…

LIfe is a constant adventure for Michele Kurlander, 79. She lives in Chicago, yet her heart is in France. A fluent francophile, Michelle spends much of her life traveling between Chicago and Paris. There she has met dear friends who live all across the world. When she becomes interested in an artist, an author, a performer, Michele’s obsession with art and music icons takes over and she devotes that period of her life to understanding all she can about the person. Spending years reading and discussing all 7 volumes of Proust is a perfect example. Sometimes that means traveling across the wor…

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278 Pamela Meyer: Staying Innovative In The Game Of Life &Raquo; 748208 867872
278 Pamela Meyer: Staying Innovative in the Game of Life

Dr. Pamela Meyer is a prolific author, international consultant and keynote speaker, and college teacher whose areas of focus are leadership agility, organizational change, and adult learning.  In he…

Dr. Pamela Meyer is …

Dr. Pamela Meyer is a prolific author, international consultant and keynote speaker, and college teacher whose areas of focus are leadership agility, organizational change, and adult learning.  In her most recent book, Staying in the Game: Leading and Learning with Agility for a Dynamic Future, Pamela draws on her experiences as an amateur, gold medalist ski racer and on extensive interviews with older ski racers who keep coming back. Staying in the game is an apt metaphor for women who strive to remain innovative in their later decades. Pamela identifies play, purpose, passion, and pleasure …

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277 Shelia Solomon: Helping Your Neighbor Understand About Your Neighbor: The Role Of Civic Journalism &Raquo; 748208 867872
277 Shelia Solomon: Helping Your Neighbor Understand About Your Neighbor: The Role of Civic Journalism

Sheila Solomon’s career in mass media arts spans 50 years. She was among the first African American women to work in the newsrooms of regional and national newspapers. Sheila became a dedicated adv…

Sheila Solomon’s c…

Sheila Solomon’s career in mass media arts spans 50 years. She was among the first African American women to work in the newsrooms of regional and national newspapers. Sheila became a dedicated advocate for affirmative action—bringing people of color into the news business and reporting on race issues in professions outside of journalism. While working as a journalist, Sheila was diagnosed with a very rare, incurable illness that is still being managed. She was allowed to work from home for six months, a unique arrangement in those times. Currently, Sheila volunteers her leadership expert…

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276 David Stewart: A Leading Authority On The Mindset And Aspirations That Drive The Over 50 Demographic. &Raquo; 748208 867872
276 David Stewart: A Leading Authority on the Mindset and Aspirations that Drive the Over 50 Demographic.

As the founder of AGEIST Magazine and Super Ager podcast, David Stewart is a passionate champion of the modern 50+ lifestyle. While interviewing David is a departure from interviewing women 70-110+, w…

As the founder of AG…

As the founder of AGEIST Magazine and Super Ager podcast, David Stewart is a passionate champion of the modern 50+ lifestyle. While interviewing David is a departure from interviewing women 70-110+, we feel that what he has to say contributes to our mission of aging reimagined.Women are the ones who are changing things. Men never experienced ageism, while women experienced sexism throughout their careers and understood ageism as a form of discrimination.Super Ager podcast focuses on how we age and live optimally for who we are. We’re all different. The podcast brings on people who have resou…

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275 Sandy Gordon: A True Advocate Lives For The Causes She Believes In &Raquo; 748208 867872
275 Sandy Gordon: A True Advocate Lives for the Causes She Believes In

When Sandy Gordon retired at 70, from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, Illinois as Director of Public Relations, a colleague gave her a toast. It said in part: “Sandy has the …

When Sandy Gordon re…

When Sandy Gordon retired at 70, from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, Illinois as Director of Public Relations, a colleague gave her a toast. It said in part: “Sandy has the kind of talent that startles people.  Really.  Her co-workers and colleagues often sit around wondering how she comes up with her ideas.  Ideas that seem to just sort of float out of her brain.  It’s as though Sandy can produce life from a primordial soup that for everyone else is just a bowl full of amino acids.  Sandy has that magic.”Sandy began her career as a special education teacher…

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274:Coleen T. Murphy, Ph.d: Cognitive Aging: The Science Of Longevity &Raquo; 748208 867872
274:Coleen T. Murphy, Ph.D: Cognitive Aging: The Science of Longevity

Coleen T. Murphy, Ph.D is Director, Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics,  James A. Elkins, Jr. Professor in the Life Sciences, Department of Molecular Biology, and LSI Genomics, Princet…

Coleen T. Murphy, Ph…

Coleen T. Murphy, Ph.D is Director, Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics,  James A. Elkins, Jr. Professor in the Life Sciences, Department of Molecular Biology, and LSI Genomics, Princeton University. She is also Director, Paul F. Glenn Center for Aging Research at Princeton and Director of Simons Collaboration on Plasticity and the Aging Brain. As a researcher, Coleen studies aging and the quantitation of “quality of life with age,” including the decline of cognitive and reproductive capacities with age. She is author of How We Age: The Science of Longevity. It is surprisin…

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273 Dr. Tracey Gendron: Ageism Unmasked: Exploring Bias And How To End It &Raquo; 748208 867872
273 Dr. Tracey Gendron: Ageism Unmasked: Exploring Bias and How to End It

Dr. Tracey Gendron is an internationally recognized gerontologist with almost 30 years of experience as a grant-funded researcher. She speaks to audiences globally about the real world impact of age b…

Dr. Tracey Gendron i…

Dr. Tracey Gendron is an internationally recognized gerontologist with almost 30 years of experience as a grant-funded researcher. She speaks to audiences globally about the real world impact of age bias. She is determined to change people’s negative views about aging. “Ageism, she says, is complicated - more nuanced than most people think it is. Anytime we discriminate against a person based on age, it is ageism. And, since we are all aging all the time, it can be a younger or older person who is being discriminated against.”Tracey serves as Chair for the Virginia Commonwealth Universit…

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272 Carol Stitzer: Art Is The Tapestry Of Her Life - Zippers And Bees Abound &Raquo; 748208 867872
272 Carol Stitzer: Art is the Tapestry of Her Life – Zippers and Bees Abound

Carol Stitzer, 80, lives life in the moment. All you have to do is listen to her and you immediately understand that she is positive, talented, energetic and happy. From early childhood education to d…

Carol Stitzer, 80, l…

Carol Stitzer, 80, lives life in the moment. All you have to do is listen to her and you immediately understand that she is positive, talented, energetic and happy. From early childhood education to development professional, fundraiser, artist and volunteer, Carol never lacks for the next big thing. She fine-tuned her skills at the Center for American Archeology and learned early on that planning travel for the Board of Directors offered her unique opportunities to tag along. This applied to her work at the Chicago History Museum,The Admiral at the Lake, and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Along the w…

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271 Nancy Hanson: Following In My Mother’s Footsteps: Fighting For Systemic Change &Raquo; 748208 867872
271 Nancy Hanson: Following in My Mother’s Footsteps: Fighting for Systemic Change

A life of social service requires a deep commitment to reaching out, helping out and finding those paths that have meaning to you. Throughout Nancy Hanson’s entire life, she has been doing just that…

A life of social ser…

A life of social service requires a deep commitment to reaching out, helping out and finding those paths that have meaning to you. Throughout Nancy Hanson’s entire life, she has been doing just that. Following in the footsteps of her mother, Nancy knows no other way of being.Early on, she joined the League of Women Voters and in each of the cities in which she lived, when she and her husband moved multiple times, Nancy found causes she could learn about, study  and advocate for through the League. Growing up in the 60s, Nancy believes her story is no different from others in her generation.…

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