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Jane Leder Podcaster & Author

I am an award-winning author of books about teen suicide, siblings, and men and women during WWII. My feature articles have appeared in publications from Psychology Today to the Chicago Sun-Times. I enjoy the journey of writing, the process. But as I celebrated my seventy-seventh birthday, I wanted a change of focus and turned my creative energies into launching "Older Women & Friends," a podcast. The challenge has been exhilarating and will certainly help me make it through the dead of winter in the Midwest.

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The Long Distance Grandparent With Kerry Byrne &Raquo; 60854458C4D1Acdf4E1C2F79C4137142D85D78E379Bdafbd69Bd34C85F5819Ad 26
The Long Distance Grandparent with Kerry Byrne

 Here's a whopper: there are approximately 67 million grandparents in the U.S. today. Slightly more than twenty-six percent of them in the U.S. are mid-lifers.  That's crazy, right?  Many…

 Here's a whop…

 Here's a whopper: there are approximately 67 million grandparents in the U.S. today. Slightly more than twenty-six percent of them in the U.S. are mid-lifers.  That's crazy, right?  Many grandparents are still working, many have older children living in the house, and many may be taking care of their parents. While there is little research, millions of grandparents live 200 miles or more away from their grandchildren. They are the long-distance grandparents.Kerry Byrne is the founder of The Long Distance Grandparent, an online learning hub that also speaks to grandparents who liv…

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Eightysomethings: Letting Go, Aging Well, Finding Unexpected Happiness W/ Katharine Esty &Raquo; 60854458C4D1Acdf4E1C2F79C4137142D85D78E379Bdafbd69Bd34C85F5819Ad 26
Eightysomethings: Letting Go, Aging Well, Finding Unexpected Happiness w/ Katharine Esty

 For some of us, turning 80 is right around the corner; for others, 80 might seem a lifetime away. No matter your age, listening to the stories of older women and the wisdom they’ve earned can be i…

 For some of us, tu…

 For some of us, turning 80 is right around the corner; for others, 80 might seem a lifetime away. No matter your age, listening to the stories of older women and the wisdom they’ve earned can be instructive and uplifting. I don’t know about you, but every time I read about someone who has lived beyond the current life expectancy averages of 79.3 years for women and 73.5 years for men, I give a fist pump and feel even more optimistic about my chances of spending more time creating a legacy and enjoying life.Katharine Esty will celebrate her ninetieth birthday later this year. For her, be…

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Late Bloomer Living With Yvonne Marchese &Raquo; 60854458C4D1Acdf4E1C2F79C4137142D85D78E379Bdafbd69Bd34C85F5819Ad 26
Late Bloomer Living with Yvonne Marchese

I believe in the power of stories, and Yvonne Marchese's story is a doozy. She is what she calls a "serial pivotal,"  person, a person who has changed course many times in her life. For many yea…

I believe in the pow…

I believe in the power of stories, and Yvonne Marchese's story is a doozy. She is what she calls a "serial pivotal,"  person, a person who has changed course many times in her life. For many years, she was filled with frustration, anger, and even depression. The future held little promise.  But when she was in her late 40s, she had what she calls a "Mid-Life Awakening," not a Mid-Life Crisis.Yvonne began to understand why she'd never been comfortable with the uncomfortable and the steps that lead to emotional and physical health. Three years ago, she launched her podcast, "Late Blo…

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Friendships That No Longer Work &Amp; What To Do About Them With Jan Yager &Raquo; 60854458C4D1Acdf4E1C2F79C4137142D85D78E379Bdafbd69Bd34C85F5819Ad 26
Friendships That No Longer Work & What To Do About Them with Jan Yager

In the late 70s, Jan Yager was single and convinced she'd never find a life partner. So, she turned her attention, research, and writing to the importance of friendships and the many ways friends…

In the late 70s, Jan…

In the late 70s, Jan Yager was single and convinced she'd never find a life partner. So, she turned her attention, research, and writing to the importance of friendships and the many ways friends impact our lives.  Studies show that a network of good friends makes our lives more satisfying and that, as we age, it is important to replenish our circle of friends.Yager divides friends into three categories: best, close, and casual. Although there are no hard and fast numbers, she suggests we need one to two best friends, four to six close friends, and, for better or worse, a slew of casual …

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Life As An All-You-Can-Eat Buffet With Diana Place &Raquo; 60854458C4D1Acdf4E1C2F79C4137142D85D78E379Bdafbd69Bd34C85F5819Ad 26
Life As An All-You-Can-Eat Buffet with Diana Place

 One of the first questions I ask a guest is to describe her childhood. It never fails that the child they describe is in so many ways the older woman they’ve become, As either a Jesuit or Aristotl…

 One of the first q…

 One of the first questions I ask a guest is to describe her childhood. It never fails that the child they describe is in so many ways the older woman they’ve become, As either a Jesuit or Aristotle said, “Show me a child until he (she) is seven and I will show you the man (woman.)” Diana Place is the  founder of the 333 Collective, QUEST Gathering & Celebration for women 50+, & Third Act Quest.  So, what was the young Diana like? Until the age of five, she was a “totally free spirit” who climbed trees, chased butterflies, and put dog poop in holes so that neighbor kids wo…

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Badass Women In The Workplace With Bonnie Marcus &Raquo; 60854458C4D1Acdf4E1C2F79C4137142D85D78E379Bdafbd69Bd34C85F5819Ad 26
Badass Women In The Workplace with Bonnie Marcus

If you read Bonnie Marcus' second book, Not Done Yet, and listen to her podcast, "Badass Women At Any Age," you'll discover a woman who knows her sh-- and isn't afraid to tell readers a…

If you read Bonnie M…

If you read Bonnie Marcus' second book, Not Done Yet, and listen to her podcast, "Badass Women At Any Age," you'll discover a woman who knows her sh-- and isn't afraid to tell readers and listeners that she's pissed, real pissed, because older women in the workplace continue to be overlooked and passed over. Bonnie may have you laughing with her sassy, savvy approach, but there is a method to her madness---or should I say badassness?Bonnie worked in corporate America for twenty years before she left and became a certified executive coach whose clients are professional women…

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Love After 50: How To Find It, Enjoy It, And Keep It With Francine Russo &Raquo; 60854458C4D1Acdf4E1C2F79C4137142D85D78E379Bdafbd69Bd34C85F5819Ad 26
Love After 50: How to Find It, Enjoy It, and Keep It with Francine Russo

 Either you or someone you know is single for the first time in decades. Add to that the number of older adults, particularly women, who have been widowed, and you are in a tsunami of people 65+ who …

 Either you or some…

 Either you or someone you know is single for the first time in decades. Add to that the number of older adults, particularly women, who have been widowed, and you are in a tsunami of people 65+ who are looking for love.  Author, journalist, and relationship expert Francine Russo knows more than most about the loss of a partner. She has been widowed twice, first when she was 46 after an 18-year marriage. A decade later, she married her second husband, who died five years later.  Those losses would send most of us into a corner, sucking our thumbs. Not Francine. Sure, there were months/year…

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Older Women In The Media W/ Susan Douglas, Professor Of Communication Studies, University Of Michigan &Raquo; 60854458C4D1Acdf4E1C2F79C4137142D85D78E379Bdafbd69Bd34C85F5819Ad 26
Older Women In The Media w/ Susan Douglas, professor of Communication Studies, University of Michigan

It's become a cliche: older women in the media are portrayed as mothers, grandmothers, washed-up lovers, mother-in-laws.  Think of the invasive mother-in-law in "Everyone Loves Raymond." And the…

It's become a c…

It's become a cliche: older women in the media are portrayed as mothers, grandmothers, washed-up lovers, mother-in-laws.  Think of the invasive mother-in-law in "Everyone Loves Raymond." And the same goes for "Steinfeld." And then think of how men in their 60s, particularly in movies, are paired with women in their late 20s or early 30s. James Bond gets older every year, and the Bond girls get younger. And then there's the Going Gray bru-ha-ha when women stopped coloring their hair during the Pandemic and, when they returned to work as, say TV anchors, they were given an ultimatum: …

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Superagers With Emily Rogalski, Director, Superagers Research Initiative &Raquo; 60854458C4D1Acdf4E1C2F79C4137142D85D78E379Bdafbd69Bd34C85F5819Ad 26
SuperAgers with Emily Rogalski, Director, SuperAgers Research Initiative

         I’m a big fan of the AARP Bulletin and was particularly taken by a cover article titled Super Agers. I’d never heard that term before. Is a Super Ager someone whose appearance belies…

         I’m …

         I’m a big fan of the AARP Bulletin and was particularly taken by a cover article titled Super Agers. I’d never heard that term before. Is a Super Ager someone whose appearance belies their age? Or is it someone who can do the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle in pencil? Or are we talking about something much bigger? Who better to answer my questions than cognitive neuroscientist Emily Rogalski, director of the Super Aging Research Initiative at the University of Chicago?        Emily does a stellar job of talking about the human brain and the many ways our memory ca…

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No Joke: Getting Older Can Be A Hoot With Comedian, Diana Wilde &Raquo; 60854458C4D1Acdf4E1C2F79C4137142D85D78E379Bdafbd69Bd34C85F5819Ad 26
No Joke: Getting Older Can Be A Hoot with comedian, Diana Wilde

      Diana was that bookish girl who sat in the front of the classroom and always had her homework done. A self-described latch-key kid with a lot of time on her hands, she loved to record bits of…

      Diana was t…

      Diana was that bookish girl who sat in the front of the classroom and always had her homework done. A self-described latch-key kid with a lot of time on her hands, she loved to record bits of Disney and other cartoons in many different voices and then sit back and listen to herself. It’s no surprise that years later, she landed a job as an on-air music talent, and for fifteen years, she hosted radio programs like “Light Rock Love Songs. and "Night Magic with Diana Wilde." She adored the job but dealt with sexism and ageism at every turn. “Isn’t it funny how all the rules and r…

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Giving Oxygen To Your Wonderful, Untapped Self With Linda Rosetti &Raquo; 60854458C4D1Acdf4E1C2F79C4137142D85D78E379Bdafbd69Bd34C85F5819Ad 26
Giving Oxygen to Your Wonderful, Untapped Self with Linda Rosetti

     We all have bumps in our lives ranging from not-so-major (Think: a fender bender or a lost credit card) to the big stuff, like divorce, the death of a loved one, or the loss of a job. The chal…

     We all have …

     We all have bumps in our lives ranging from not-so-major (Think: a fender bender or a lost credit card) to the big stuff, like divorce, the death of a loved one, or the loss of a job. The challenge is navigating life’s biggest changes and coming out stronger and happier on the other side. How the heck do we do that?       Linda Rossetti, business leader and author of Dancing with Disruption, shares more than a few suggestions in this thought-provoking conversation. She encourages us to welcome instability. Yep, welcome the stress and the self-doubt. She challenges us to sit with …

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Slaying The Ageism Dragon With Janine Vanderburg &Raquo; 60854458C4D1Acdf4E1C2F79C4137142D85D78E379Bdafbd69Bd34C85F5819Ad 26
Slaying the Ageism Dragon with Janine Vanderburg

Janine Vanderburg is one of those women I’d want to be on my team. I don’t know if she can play pickleball, but I do know that her commitment to, as she says, “slaying the ageism dragon”  is …

Janine Vanderburg is…

Janine Vanderburg is one of those women I’d want to be on my team. I don’t know if she can play pickleball, but I do know that her commitment to, as she says, “slaying the ageism dragon”  is vital—some might say all-consuming. She does a lot of great stuff, but it is “Changing The Narrative,” the organization she founded in 2018 that has been the leader in working to change how people think, talk, and act about ageism, that has garnered national recognition.  And that’s no easy task because the stereotypes about older people in this country run deep.  This episode is a rousi…

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The Joys Of Intergenerational Friendships With Shannon Jarrott, Ph.d. &Raquo; 60854458C4D1Acdf4E1C2F79C4137142D85D78E379Bdafbd69Bd34C85F5819Ad 26
The Joys of Intergenerational Friendships with Shannon Jarrott, Ph.D.

Shannon Jarrott’s grandmother never lived in the family’s home but played a big role in Shannon’s and, eventually, her younger brother’s lives. Her grandmother was there when she got off the s…

Shannon Jarrott’s …

Shannon Jarrott’s grandmother never lived in the family’s home but played a big role in Shannon’s and, eventually, her younger brother’s lives. Her grandmother was there when she got off the school bus. She was there for the long, carefree summer days. She is, says Shannon, why she became a gerontologist and expert on intergenerational relationships—relationships between a much older or much younger person. In this episode, Shannon discusses the many ways and places to make new friends. She talks about how the COVID-19 pandemic spotlighted the need to be socially connected with each …

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Kicking Stereotypes To The Curb With Ashton Applewhite &Raquo; 60854458C4D1Acdf4E1C2F79C4137142D85D78E379Bdafbd69Bd34C85F5819Ad 26
Kicking Stereotypes to the Curb with Ashton Applewhite

Ageism does its best to stereotype older women (and men) as invisible, unhappy, and dependent. The message is: "If you think life sucks now, just wait because the longer you live, the worse it's …

Ageism does its best…

Ageism does its best to stereotype older women (and men) as invisible, unhappy, and dependent. The message is: "If you think life sucks now, just wait because the longer you live, the worse it's going to get." Yikes!But Ashton Applewhite, age advocate and author of "This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism," shakes down the myths of ageism and showers listeners with the facts. You may be surprised and definitely encouraged. Here are some facts that may surprise you:  Only 2.5% of Americans 65+ live in nursing homesOlder people enjoy better mental health than the young or middle-aged…

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The Secrets, Wit, And Wisdom Of Age With Filmmaker Sky Bergman &Raquo; 60854458C4D1Acdf4E1C2F79C4137142D85D78E379Bdafbd69Bd34C85F5819Ad 26
The Secrets, Wit, and Wisdom of Age with Filmmaker Sky Bergman

“Your decisions should be based on your curiosity, not your fear.”   Are you curious why older people are the happiest demographic in the country? I know I am, which is why Sky Bergman, photogra…

“Your decisions sh…

“Your decisions should be based on your curiosity, not your fear.”   Are you curious why older people are the happiest demographic in the country? I know I am, which is why Sky Bergman, photographer, professor, and documentary filmmaker, is my guest in this not-to-be-missed episode. Sky’s first documentary, “Lives Well Lived,” is based on interviews with forty older women and men with a combined 3,000 years of life experience. The film celebrates the incredible wit, wisdom, and lives of these older adults whose stories are about perseverance, the human spirit, and staying positive.…

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Changing The World One Menstrual Pad At A Time (Say, What?) With Celeste Mergens, Founder Of Days For Girls &Raquo; 60854458C4D1Acdf4E1C2F79C4137142D85D78E379Bdafbd69Bd34C85F5819Ad 26
Changing The World One Menstrual Pad At A Time (Say, what?) with Celeste Mergens, Founder of Days For Girls

Changing The World One Menstrual Pad At A Time (Say, what?) with Celeste Mergens, Founder of Days For Girls  We’re so beyond periods. Hell, it’s Menopause and post-Menopause that we care about.…

Changing The World O…

Changing The World One Menstrual Pad At A Time (Say, what?) with Celeste Mergens, Founder of Days For Girls  We’re so beyond periods. Hell, it’s Menopause and post-Menopause that we care about.      And as for changing the world . . . well, we’ve got a lot on our minds that does not include young girls and their periods.      Hold up. There’s a story here that reads like fiction. Millions of girls have no idea what is happening to their bodies and what to do about it. All they know is that every month, they have to stuff themselves with feathers or rags or anything else they ca…

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Finding Resilience With Joanne Greene &Raquo; 60854458C4D1Acdf4E1C2F79C4137142D85D78E379Bdafbd69Bd34C85F5819Ad 26
Finding Resilience with Joanne Greene

Joanne Greene was the take-charge mother, wife, professional who never saw a challenge she couldn't meet. Busy, busy. Constantly on the go. No time to take a breath and consider what was driving …

Joanne Greene was th…

Joanne Greene was the take-charge mother, wife, professional who never saw a challenge she couldn't meet. Busy, busy. Constantly on the go. No time to take a breath and consider what was driving her to live her life at break-neck speed. And then a traumatic accident forced Joanne to give up total control and depend on others for everything. During her recuperation, which took over a year, Greene learned the vital lesson of letting go, the importance of gratitude, and the realization that “This, too, shall pass.” She understood deep in her gut that control is an illusion, and that none…

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The Fitness Gourmet With Patricia Greenberg &Raquo; 60854458C4D1Acdf4E1C2F79C4137142D85D78E379Bdafbd69Bd34C85F5819Ad 26
The Fitness Gourmet with Patricia Greenberg

Patricia Greenberg was on a track to be a dentist. But her path changed when she took a home economics class in college and fell in love with dietetics and wellness. Since then, she has been a dietici…

Patricia Greenberg w…

Patricia Greenberg was on a track to be a dentist. But her path changed when she took a home economics class in college and fell in love with dietetics and wellness. Since then, she has been a dietician, a chef, the owner of a vegetarian restaurant, and now a sought-after spokeswoman for taking care of ourselves from the inside out—what she calls “an Inside job.” Patricia is the author of Eat Well, Live Well, Age Well and teaches wellness seminars nationwide. You’ll want to hear what Patricia, dubbed the FitnessGourmet, has to say about diets,--restricted eating doesn’t work, aging p…

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