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Why The Aging Academy?

Is this what we face as we age?

Growing Older is often riddled with unseen difficulties that not only come from our own lifestyle choices throughout our years, but also from the implied stereotypes and messages about getting old that reside in our cultures. Most older people live with a nagging sense of insecurity about their futures. Although most harbor concerns about the elements that affect our future, the older we get, the less control we feel over these things….

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Is this what we face as we age?
Growing Older is often riddled with unseen difficulties that not only come from our own lifestyle choices throughout our years, but also from the implied stereotypes and messages about getting old that reside in our cultures. Most older people live with a nagging sense of insecurity about their futures. Although most harbor concerns about the elements that affect our future, the older we get, the less control we feel over these things….

Look around. Does this sound all too familiar? And the final result is a population of older citizens needing more social support, having more illness, and requiring more resources. (To understand the true cost of such ageist approaches please read Lee’s article – Ageism: Clouding Up a Beautiful Sunset )

So the issue becomes a two-sided problem in that our culture espouses negative ideas of our aging which in turn affects our internal images that influence our paths forward. This effect is similar to any of the other “isms” that marginalize other population segments (e.g. sexism, racism, hetero-sexism, classism, etc.). None of us want our parents or ourselves to be routinely marginalized and disregarded as the years’ pass. Most all of us desire a long life, which, by definition, means reaching old age. If that time looks to be bleak according to our subconscious internal images then we head off into a future darkened by our own socially inherited thinking.

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Imagine this instead...

If, on the other hand, we can realize the full potential of these final chapters, they can become the best ones with benefits to all we touch. These stronger images of aging will allow all of us to tap into the vast experience that resides within this population segment. Indeed, we will find that more of us aspire to reach the status of “Wise Old Elder” within our families and social circles. Infusing dignity and respect for our older years inherently creates healthier, more engaged citizens throughout the entire age spectrum.

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Imagine this instead...

If, on the other hand, we can realize the full potential of these final chapters, they can become the best ones with benefits to all we touch. These stronger images of aging will allow all of us to tap into the vast experience that resides within this population segment. Indeed, we will find that more of us aspire to reach the status of “Wise Old Elder” within our families and social circles. Infusing dignity and respect for our older years inherently creates healthier, more engaged citizens throughout the entire age spectrum. Perhaps it will be your thoughts and approaches, or that of your parents, that will provide solutions to the issues of tomorrow. What would be possible for you, or your parents, or even your grandparents, if we could separate our thinking from the stereotypes that now suggest that older equals old?
Imagine a Culture:

  • That understands that Aging is not a disease. It is a natural stage of life which has particular needs, as do the other stages of life, such as childhood, adolescence, adulthood, etc.
  • That sees our aging process as the most profound and deepest of all learning experiences. Our aging offers us clearer views of ourselves and our world as the years continue to mature our perspectives.
  • That understands that the gifts of aging are worth seeking and protecting as a society and promote policies and attitudes that are in line with this understanding.
  • Where seniors and older citizens continue to contribute their value and achieve their goals well into their 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s.

To create this reality, we first must expose and dismantle the ageist attitudes around us as well as within us. Thus the problem is a two-sided one. Our traditional external environment espouses devaluing opinions of our older citizen, and these, in turn, encourage us to adopt internal images that tend to reduce our future as we age rather than expand it.

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Welcome to The Aging Academy Podcast

Old stereotypes about aging and growing old are limiting and almost always untrue. Lee Mowatt, a retired software engineer/manager, has been aging for most of his life. Since retiring in early 2013, Lee has dedicated himself to all aspects of growing older in this western, youth-oriented culture. He exposes many of the problems and issues that he and many others struggle within reaching the 2nd half of life.

This podcast series will take you on a journey of discovery regarding the many aspects of growing older. If you are between 50 and 85 years old, or care for someone in that age range, you will find these podcast episodes chocked full of information and insights that will help you find your way to a better destiny, a more meaningful legacy, and/or a life of passion and purpose

Check out the list of topics released thus far in the episode listing. Several will resonate with you. Or you can start with episode #1 and follow this journey up to the current release. You won't regret it. Listen in on the information and insights that will prevent you from getting OLD.

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Signed-up for Insider's Club perks:

  • Receive regular update, notifications and summaries of new content added to the TAA website

  • Receive monthly newsletter containing tips and tricks to maximize your mind, body, and spirit

  • Get access to special messages (audio, video, and articles) distributed only to Insider Club members. 

  • Gain access to greater aging details of Lee and other pioneers under the Aging Academy Initiative

  • Get text transcripts of selected podcast and video episodes

  • Provide useful guidance for TAA to more effectively spread the "Grow Older, Not Old" message.

  • Get Notified whenever there are updates on podcast show-notes pages

  • Access to tools useful in mastering your aging process

  • All FREE, No Risk, No Effort

  • Your email address is your password to Insider Club perks. Use this same email address in order to access benefits and resources in the future.
  • We never spam you or sell your email address. Your information is secure with us.
  • We are CAN-SPAM compliant and you can unsubscribe at any time.

The Aging Academy Podcast - Episode Listing

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Summary: Lee’s guest for this episode is Dr. Rachna Patel, whose practice has given her the reputation of being the Medical Marijuana Expert. Together, they bring this controversial topic into the light to answer many common questions (and a few uncommon ones). The conversation is packed with information such as – Medical vs. Recreational; the medical conditions that can be directly addressed with these treatments; who should avoid medical marijuana; ...
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Summary: Lee is back. Episode 38 is the first episode under the new name of The Aging Academy. This episode goes behind the scenes to explain a little bit of the why & how of this rebranding, and how listeners/subscribers can successfully interact with the brand during this period of flux. Lee also creates a little bit of expectation for what lies ahead for supporters of the “Older not Old” ...
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Summary: This episode digs into many topics (tangents??) as Lee takes a journey into exploring the different ways men and women age. He goes into detail about why these gender differences may exist and/or what may be causing them. Lee builds a solid case for his ending conclusion that women have to bare a greater burden in how our culture has depicted aging. Along the way to these conclusions, Lee ...
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Summary: Many species possess an ability to regenerate damaged tissues to regrow new limb or organs through the mechanism of cellular regeneration. Research is indicating that humans have similar regenerative capabilities, but only at specific times during embryonic development. If this capability could be extended or ignited throughout our lifespan, it would be a major blow to the rise of chronic degenerative conditions currently on the rise. Cancer, Arthritis, Diabetes, ...
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Summary: When someone passes away, their loved ones most often go on a scavenger hunt to pull together the pieces of the deceased life to form a proper legacy, to resolve all matters of the estate, and to put all affairs at rest and at peace. We have a sense of duty to make the burdens of our passing as easy as can be on those we leave behind. And ...
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Summary: We now live in a world where technology has become essential in the management of our lives. Despite the negative effects, technology has brought so many new capabilities and benefits. However, we can see pitifully few of these benefits when it comes to Senior living and senior care. Whether we are talking about independent living communities, assisted living facilities, traditional nursing homes, or memory care units, the tools, and ...
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Summary: This episode delves into the concepts of Inter-Generational Learning (IGL). Inter-Generational Learning (IGL) is the oldest form of learning dating back to when the old taught the young how to create pictures on cave walls. Lee has recently had two intense experiences showing the immense value of IGL for both young and old. The telling of these experiences provides an educational and entertaining view of how Lee is “mixing ...
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Summary: The challenges of aging is something most of us are not yet familiar with. But we will all face these challenges. And who will teach us how to see and approach these difficulties (or pleasures) of getting older. This episode introduces “the Aging Academy” where Lee offers to become a “pioneer for aging” by exposing his personal challenges that affect him as the years mount up. Lee, like everyone ...
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Summary: No matter who we are or what group we belong to, we are all growing older. All of us must prepare in some way to optimize the later years of our life. Rising to the status of a wise old Elder is something we all should aspire to. This is a revered position in many cultures. Cultural ageism takes away this aspiration and robs us of the wisdom that ...
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Summary: Aging is both a biological and cultural process. Getting older in one culture can be very different than aging in another culture. What determines the aging characteristics of a culture? In this episode, Lee ponders on how we see and feel about our aging and how that influences our actual aging outcomes. He ends with an inspiring definition of “Silver Inspiration” who are role models that inspire a better ...
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Summary: More Americans are living alone than at any time in the past 42 years, according to the American census bureau.And as we all get older this will present many challenges both individually and socially as a culture. For single seniors, living alone is not always the ideal solution, having both good and bad aspects. But there are new choices on the horizon. For this episode, Lee chats with Annamarie ...
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Summary: Since Lee’s stroke in Dec. 2016, Lee has become familiar with many other stroke survivors who are still struggling to recover from the damages of their stroke. There are some real heartbreaking stories out there. But a story that ends well can inspire us all to keep moving forward. This episode unfolds the story of Kelly Martin-Balestrieri who suffered a major stroke 10 years ago. She could not walk ...
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Summary: The wisdom and advice that resides in our elders is immense. They see the world through their eyes of experience and can offer advice that many times we don’t understand. Today’s conversation is with 90 year old Dottie Randall. She is most certainly young in spirit and laughs more than those half her age. Lee queries her on a variety of aspects regarding life and living, and she offers ...
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Summary: Caring for loved ones with dementia can be expensive, exhausting, and emotionally draining. And those afflicted with the condition can experience many frustrations as they struggle to continue in a world that doesn’t recognize what is happening to them.The DAWN method of dementia care, developed by Judy Cornish, shifts our paradigm on how we view dementia and opens the door to more compassionate care, allows us to keep our ...
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Summary: The practice of elder law covers a myriad of life topics. David R. Craig, a NH elder law attorney, opens up many of these areas for us during this 2-part conversation. Hear Lee and David chat about many of the ramifications and pitfalls in managing our financial and health affairs to support all the possibilities ahead of us as we grow older. This is the second part of an ...
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Summary: The practice of elder law covers a myriad of life topics. David R. Craig, a NH elder law attorney, opens up many of these areas for us during this 2-part conversation. Hear Lee and David chat about many of the ramifications and pitfalls in managing our financial and health affairs to support all the possibilities ahead of us as we grow older. this is the first part of a ...
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Summary: As we learned from the previous episode, Lee had suffered a stroke on Dec. 29, 2016. Episode #22 goes into much detail about what Lee went through as he set out on his journey to recovered this stroke and how he would manage himself going forward to drastically reduce the chances of it happening again.It is helpful to listen to that episode before this one. In this follow-up, Lee ...
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Summary: The possibility of having a stroke presents a scary picture to most all of us. Lee Looks at this fear head on as he describes his journey to becoming a stroke survivor. Along the way we learn some valuable and potentially life saving information that should be heard by everyone. Although this episode is on the longer side, listen only to the first 20 minutes of this. if your ...
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Summary: Social scientists try to specify the defining characteristics of each of the generations. But there isn’t a lot of information on how Millennials view aging and older people. If today’s guest is any indication, there is a lot to be hopeful for. Brett Roger Gebbie, a 32 year old millennial, is the host of a podcast titled “Inspect Your Elders”, where he chats with those having many more years ...
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READ MOREJoin our 'Insiders' Club Summary: What do we learn from our humor of others? Can humor be used to promote age-related impressions, opinions and stereotypes among us? Lee explores such questions through a series of humorous stories, jokes and one-liners. He finds the bulk of the age-related humor focuses on our failing memories or our aging bodies. But there is a new brand of humor emerging that could have ...
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READ MOREJoin our 'Insiders' Club Summary: For this episode, Lee stumbles his way through some personal stories as he tries to give advice to an older population on how to exercise. We know that Lee is no wimp in the gym. But how relevant do you think his thoughts on fitness and exercise are to the average person over 60. Hear him express some common sense approaches that should apply ...
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Summary: How do you think it feels to have dementia? Would you like to find out? Before you turn away, consider how such an experience would affect your consideration of those who suffer from the affliction. Would walking in their shoes help you to be a better caregiver? Lee recently experienced the Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT) created by PK Beville from Second, who joins Lee for today’s discussion. This experiential ...
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Summary: What is co-housing? Wikipedia defines this as an "intentional community clustered around shared space". But that barely scratches the surface of the possibilities inherent in the concept. Today's guest, Cindy Turnquist, and Lee discuss this intriguing community concept and how it addresses the growing need for seniors to age-in-community. Cindy shares her experience and knowledge to educate us about the many aspects of co-housing that will most certainly appeal ...
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Summary: We all know by now that volunteering is an excellent way to connect us to our larger world and bring benefit to our own lives. Today Lee speaks with Barbara Coish, a 78 year old fireball who calls herself a "Full Time Volunteer". She has become involved in so many aspects and efforts within her local town of Windham, NH. The discussion they have reveals Barbara's secret for living ...
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Summary: The current healthcare concerns are mounting at a fast pace. It seems the more things cost, the more concerns that surface. And costs are rising fast. For this episode, Lisa Blackstock, from SoulSherpa.net, joins Lee to discuss what she is seeing in her work. Lisa is in position to see our healthcare system on an almost daily basis. She shares with Lee many practices that compromise our care or ...
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Summary: Consumer healthcare concerns continue to mount at an accelerated and unprecedented pace. Uncontrolled prices are rising more than ever, prompting valid concerns of every patient. In this episode, Lisa Berry Blackstock, from soulsherpa.net, joins Lee in a revealing discussion affecting every patient and future patient. Lee and Lisa pull back the curtain obstructing our view of essential things to know, allowing every healthcare consumer to hear tips and insight relevant to the proper management of ...
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Summary: For this episode, Lee is solo for the purpose of exposing and challenging his own thinking on what Positive Aging is. He explains his "OLDER, Not OLD" tagline, and wonders about our cultural stereotyping of older people, and how "Blue Zones" become Blue Zones. Lee also points to a bit of research that give us reason to value the older brain, and suggests a few things he believes will ...
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Summary: Where do we learn how to age? Sounds like a strange question, but it is a valid one. We are all learning how to age whether we know it or not. Lee begins to explore this by reaching out to younger people to see how they feel about various aspects of aging. For this week's episode, Lee engages 40 year old Ed Lazzari to get a peek into how ...
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Summary: Retirement is a strange beast and is different for different people. This episode exposes the thinking of two retired men to see how their thoughts about retirement have changed after being retired for a few years. Richard O'Shea shares his thoughts with Lee (the other retired guy) about what a successful retirement means and a few "secrets" about handling this phase of life. They touch such topics as retirement ...
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Summary: Juli Vizza and Alicia Dwyer are the producer and director of a powerful 30 minute video called "Nine To Ninety". This video is being screened around the country and is changing the dialog on how we discuss the end-of-life process. They chat with Lee to explore many of the behind-the-scenes events, the lessons and the impact the video is having on our culture. Watch the video and hear ...
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Summary: For this episode, Lee shares thoughts with Frank Samson, who has hosted his own podcast (The Aging Boomers)for many years dealing with the issues of baby boomers and preparing them for their elderly parents as well as their own aging. Lee and Frank discuss many of the issues Frank has uncovered and captured in his book.Frank has been in the trenches and offers his insight on such topics as ...
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SUMMARY: For this episode, Lee get a chance to express who he is, what he is about, and what drives him in meeting the challenges of the Inner Game Of Aging. Ed Lazzarri, the host of "Change you POV", explores Lee's philosophies and opinions on wellness and a balanced life. They talk about many topics that affect how we age in our culture and other aspects of our wellness. See ...
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Summary: Respectful Beats? What do you think a business named Respectful Beats does? In this episode, Lee talks to Steve Benedetto, the owner of Respectful-Beats. He conducts interactive drumming workshops for senior citizens throughout New England. His business has grown into a full time mission of inspiring others to feel better through the healing power of music and rhythm. Steve talks with Lee on how Respectful-Beats started, how drumming ...
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Summary: For this episode, Lee chats with Arthur Reublinger, who has been a hospice chaplain for many years. He could easily be considered to be a "Silver Inspiration" if he could just slow down enough in his life to even find out what that is. Now we can hear some of you roll your eyes already. But for those of you more introspective, just wait till you hear what this ...
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Summary: In this episode, Lee is honored to speak with one of the country's top-most authorities on the issues of elder abuse. Paul Greenwood has been prosecuting such cases in San Diego for more than 20 years. He regularly travels around the country giving talks and presentations on such topics with his jovial British accent. He has an impressive set of credentials. In this episode, Lee and Paul have a ...
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Summary: There is a lot of value in hearing the life stories of our elders. It is interesting to see how their thought on life may have changed or matured throughout their lifetime. Today, Lee is speaking with 89 year old Joe Goodman, whom he met at a nearby senior center. Join him as he questions Joe and hear Joe's thought and stories about immigrant parents, the death of his ...
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Summary: Lee has the privilege of speaking to Len Smith (71 y.o.) , who is also being featured in our upcoming "Silver Inspirations" list. In this episode they chat about several conditions that seem to afflict older people -  Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), Diabetes, and Dementia. Len was diagnosed with AMD in 1994. The current information at that time was that this condition was incurable. Len tells a unique story ...
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Summary: Patient Advocacy is a growing field that serves many purposes. Lee has the distinct pleasure of learning about the many aspects of this field from Lisa Berry Blackstock, who has been involved with patient advocacy for many years. (website: SoulSherpa.net) Lee and Lisa discuss the history of the field, what services it provides, who it serves, and how consumers might approach seeking the services of a patient advocate. Lisa also ...
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Summary: This is the introduction episode in a long journey to understanding ourselves and our culture, as we gain the advantages of age in the 2nd half of our lives. The podcast series is dedicated to getting older gracefully, powerfully, and consciously.This opening episode helps you to determine how this podcast series can provide value to you as you get older in our culture. It offers an overview of the ...
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Join the Insider's Club for The Aging Academy

Signed-up for Insider's Club perks:

  • Receive regular update, notifications and summaries of new content added to the TAA website

  • Receive monthly newsletter containing tips and tricks to maximize your mind, body, and spirit

  • Get access to special messages (audio, video, and articles) distributed only to Insider Club members. 

  • Gain access to greater aging details of Lee and other pioneers under the Aging Academy Initiative

  • Get text transcripts of selected podcast and video episodes

  • Provide useful guidance for TAA to more effectively spread the "Grow Older, Not Old" message.

  • Get Notified whenever there are updates on podcast show-notes pages

  • Access to tools useful in mastering your aging process

  • All FREE, No Risk, No Effort

  • Your email address is your password to Insider Club perks. Use this same email address in order to access benefits and resources in the future.
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  • We are CAN-SPAM compliant and you can unsubscribe at any time.