A conversation about aging with a soaring senior

Rita Losee describes herself as a Woman of adventure, Doctor of Success, Proponent of Prosperity, InspirACTional Speaker, Author. She is that and more. Decades ago, she made a promise to herself that she would live a life of adventure. What a ride it has been and she is not even close to slowing down. At 78, Rita is also doing her best to encourage people to follow her lead. Instead of thinking it's all downhill from here, you could be a soaring senior — just like Rita.

By |2020-09-27T19:55:00-04:00September 14th, 2020|Health News, Podcast|0 Comments

Your aging parents are getting a divorce? Now what?

Whether they were caught off guard or they've been expecting their parents to divorce for years, many adult children are rocked to the core when it actually happens. Family therapists Carol Hughes and Bruce Fredenburg have written a book called Home Will Never Be the Same Again. They did it because, in their experience, few people recognize the impact divorce can have on adult children. In this episode of the Catching Health podcast, the authors offer a useful guide for so-called adult children of gray divorce.

By |2020-08-24T15:43:33-04:00August 24th, 2020|Health News, Podcast|0 Comments

Our Wisdom Years and how to make the most of them

How can you grow older with joy, fulfillment, resilience, and no regrets? You could begin by reading the book Our Wisdom Years by psychologist Dr. Charles Garfield. Instead of fighting against aging or later life as he calls it, he suggests that we embrace the opportunity to live a more meaningful life. His book provides a roadmap that is guaranteed to lead you down a road of adventure and deep reflection. Listen to our conversation and learn more.

By |2020-08-14T16:37:31-04:00August 14th, 2020|Health News, Podcast|0 Comments

Conversations About Aging: Jim Mardin, 98

At 98, Jim Mardin has led an incredible life, and he intends to keep on living it for several more years. We had our conversation shortly before COVID-19 forced him to stop his three days a week volunteer job. He still drives, takes no medications, enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, and loves sharing stories about his life. He is kind, optimistic, curious, unafraid, and very entertaining.

By |2020-08-10T21:24:24-04:00August 10th, 2020|Podcast|1 Comment

Conversations About Aging: Wayne Newell, 77

Wayne Newell is a Passamaquoddy Indian Man who was born and raised on the Pleasant Point Indian Reservation in Maine. After getting a master's degree at Harvard he and his family made their home on the nearby Indian Township Reservation, where he taught until his retirement in 2012. Although struggling with health issues, Wayne's mind and spirit are going strong. I hope you enjoy and will learn from our conversation. I did.

By |2020-03-24T11:44:03-04:00March 23rd, 2020|Podcast|0 Comments

Conversations About Aging: Joe Cupo, 68

For many people in Maine, my guest in this episode of Conversations About Aging is like an old friend. For 37 years, he broadcast the weather on the state's top news station — WCSH-TV. What's Joe Cupo up to now? He's enjoying retirement to the fullest and still keeping an eye on the weather.

By |2020-03-09T09:16:08-04:00March 9th, 2020|Podcast|0 Comments

Conversations About Aging: Ann Quinlan, 81

She's got a lilt in her voice and a twinkle in her eyes. The time flew by as I sat and talked with Ann Quinlan for the latest conversation about aging. She's certainly not going to let a few decades (like about eight) get in the way of her enjoying life to its fullest. Settle in for some stories.

By |2020-03-06T08:35:37-05:00February 10th, 2020|Podcast|4 Comments

Conversations About Aging: Alma Thomas, 96

When World War II ended, Alma Thomas was living and working in New York City. While she didn't witness the iconic picture of the sailor kissing the girl in Times Square, she says everyone was celebrating and hugging each other. She moved from New York to Maine and later traveled around the world with her late husband. Now Alma is 96 and back in Maine with lots of stories to share with us.

By |2020-01-13T07:08:22-05:00January 13th, 2020|Podcast|0 Comments

Conversations About Aging: Loring “Bob” Newcomb, 94

It may be a cliché, but life does have its ups and downs. That's certainly been true for Loring Newcomb, who prefers to be called Bob. He says if he could go back in time, he might change a few things. He'd change some things right now, too. At 94, he's pretty active, but he says he's often lonely. Hear Bob's story in the latest episode of Conversations About Aging.

By |2019-12-16T09:56:19-05:00December 16th, 2019|Podcast|0 Comments

Conversations About Aging: Paul Quinn, 80

Imagine living most of your life on an island off the coast of Maine. That's what Paul Quinn has done and he has lots of stories to share. Like about the time he came home to find a lobster boat (not his) half in his garage and half out in the driveway. Listen to our conversation to hear that story and more.

By |2019-11-04T08:28:29-05:00November 4th, 2019|Podcast|3 Comments

Conversations About Aging: Shirley Weaver, 82

When I decided to launch Conversations About Aging, I contacted lots of people and organizations for recommendations on individuals I might interview. One of them was Jess Maurer, Executive Director of the Maine Council on Aging. One of her recommendations was Shirley Weaver. "In her 80s, a force to be reckoned with — a must interview!" I took her advice. Listen to my conversation about aging with Shirley Weaver, 82. She IS a force to be reckoned with.

By |2019-12-26T20:52:26-05:00July 15th, 2019|Podcast|2 Comments

Conversations About Aging: Joy Hare, 75

Joy Hare tries to live up to her name in all aspects of her life. You can't make it to 75 without experiencing some heartache, and she has. But she is always seeking joy, which is reflected in the poetry she writes, the art she produces, the work she does, and the adventures she takes. She reflects on all of that in the latest episode of my special series Conversations About Aging.

By |2019-07-01T08:31:24-04:00July 1st, 2019|Podcast|3 Comments

Conversations About Aging: Lavon Harris, 100

Lavon Harris is grateful to have lived as long as she has — 100 years! She considers herself healthy, happy, and also sad because you can't live without some sadness in your heart. She shares her joys and her sadness in this episode of Conversations About Aging, a Catching Health podcast.

By |2019-12-26T20:43:58-05:00June 3rd, 2019|Podcast|0 Comments

Conversations About Aging: Jack, 74

During a serious episode of depression that landed him in the hospital two years ago, Jack found out just how important friends can be. Good medicine and good friends made all the difference. We talk about that and a lot more in Conversations About Aging, a Catching Health podcast.

By |2019-12-26T20:34:33-05:00April 8th, 2019|Podcast|2 Comments

Conversations About Aging: Emma, 86

Emma celebrated her 86th birthday in early March. The month before marked the first anniversary of her husband Warren's death. We talk about the beginning and the end of their long life together in the latest episode of Conversations About Aging, a Catching Health podcast.

By |2019-12-26T20:31:47-05:00March 25th, 2019|Podcast|0 Comments