Chronologically Gifted: Conversations on Life after 50

Thursdays around 1:20

Ann Diver-Stamnes and Pam Brown retired from teaching careers at Humboldt State University and started having conversations about life transitions, identity, and aging. The conversations enriched their lives.  When the opportunity came to host a weekly show on the topic of life after 50, they jumped at the chance.  The show explores a wide range of topics with a diverse mix of guests including authors, artists, activists, and community members. 

Pam and Annie hope you'll join in the conversation and continue it with them on Facebook.

Ways to Connect

Podcasts

  • Thursday, April 13, 2017 2:00pm
    Dr. Jon Pynoos is the UPS Foundation Professor in the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, the author of six books and many articles on housing and the elderly, and an advocate for aging in place. While a graduate student studying urban planning at Harvard in his early 20s, he met a 73-year-old woman named Dorothy Benton who became a close friend. It is a marvelous story of the beauty and lifelong impact of cross-generational friendships. He said, "She definitely changed my life. I wouldn't be in the field of aging if I hadn't encountered her. I feel like I owe her a debt."
  • Thursday, April 6, 2017 2:00pm
    Gina Pell believes in living life fully without generational boundaries. She coined the term Perennials: "We are ever-blooming, relevant people of all ages... (who) are passionate, compassionate, creative, confident, collaborative, global-minded, risk takers..." Gina defines Perennials and their growing place in the world.
  • Thursday, March 30, 2017 2:00pm
    Co-hosts Ann Diver-Stamnes and Pam Brown talk about what they learned from their four guests who shared their perceptions on how the aging process is different for women than it is for men. They advocated for changing the current perceptions about women and aging:. "..we must do so in unity across ages by learning to recognize ageism and pointing it out whenever we confront it, and by shifting our own internal lenses so that we see the beauty inherent in having been given the gift of years of life."
  • Friday, March 24, 2017 9:01am
    Ashton Applewhite returns with part two of her interview on aging while female, a term she coined. As she notes, "We experience aging as betrayal and that face in the mirror as alien."
  • Thursday, March 16, 2017 1:30pm
    Author Ashton Applewhite joins hosts Ann Diver-Stamnes and Pam Brown to discuss the topic of aging while female, a term she coined as part of her new lecture series. Ashton wrote the book This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto against Ageism. In this first interview in a two part series, she notes in regard to ageism against women, "Until we mobilize and decide to shine a light on it, we perpetuate it, and we collude in our own marginalization."
University of Southern California

Dr. Jon Pynoos is the UPS Foundation Professor in the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, the author of six books and many articles on housing and the elderly, and an advocate for aging in place.  While a graduate student studying urban planning at Harvard in his early 20s, he met a 73-year-old woman named Dorothy Benton who became a close friend.  It is a marvelous story of the beauty and lifelong impact of cross-generational friendships.  He said, "She definitely changed my life.  I wouldn't be in the field of aging if I hadn't encountered her.  I feel like I owe her a debt."

Chronologically Gifted: Gina Pell on Perennials

Apr 6, 2017
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Gina Pell believes in living life fully without generational boundaries.  

She coined the term Perennials:  "We are ever-blooming, relevant people of all ages... (who) are passionate, compassionate, creative, confident, collaborative, global-minded, risk takers..."  Gina defines Perennials and their growing place in the world.

Chronologically Gifted: Summary on Aging While Female

Mar 30, 2017

Co-hosts Ann Diver-Stamnes and Pam Brown talk about what they learned from their four guests who shared their perceptions on how the aging process is different for women than it is for men.  They advocated for changing the current perceptions about women and aging:.  "..we must do so in unity across ages by learning to recognize ageism and pointing it out whenever we confront it,  and by shifting our own internal lenses so that we see the beauty inherent in having been given the gift of years of life."  

www.thischairrocks.com

Ashton Applewhite returns with part two of her interview on aging while female, a term she coined.  As she notes, "We experience aging as betrayal and that face in the mirror as alien."  

 

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Author Ashton Applewhite joins hosts Ann Diver-Stamnes and Pam Brown to discuss the topic of aging while female, a term she coined as part of her new lecture series.  Ashton wrote the book This Chair Rocks:  A Manifesto against Ageism.  In this first interview in a two part series, she notes in regard to ageism against women, "Until we mobilize and decide to shine a light on it, we perpetuate it, and we collude in our own marginalization." 

Chronologically Gifted: Cathi Hanauer on Women and Aging

Mar 9, 2017
www.cathihanauer.com
Phoebe Jones

Cathi Hanauer is this week's guest as Annie and Pam continue to explore what Ashton Applewhite calls aging while female.  Cathi is the author of three novels and the editor of The Bitch in the House: 26 Women Tell the Truth about Sex, Solitude, Work, Motherhood and Marriage and its follow-up 14 years later: The Bitch Is Back: Older, Wiser, and (Getting) Happier.  She notes that we have a new freedom as we get older. 

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Stephanie Coontz teaches history and family studies at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and is the author of multiple books including The Way We Never Were:  American Families and the Nostalgia Trap.  She provides a historical perspective on women and aging in Western culture.  As she notes, "Women carry a double burden of ageism."

Chronologically Gifted: Anne Karpf on Aging while Female

Feb 23, 2017
London Metropolitan University

Anne Karpf is the first guest on the topic that Ashton Applewhite dubbed "aging while female."  Anne is a writer, sociologist, and award-winning journalist who teaches at London Metropolitan University and has written a number of books including How to Age.  She advises us to challenge ageist language because otherwise we internalize it.  She notes, "That's the most pernicious form of ageism - the one you impose upon yourself."

Co-hosts Ann Diver-Stamnes and Pam Brown summarize what they've learned from their guests on losing a parent in later life.  Pam notes, "(Our parents) are always with us.  They're in us.  They're so much a part of us."  As Annie puts it, "When our parents die later in our lives, we bring our life experience to bear on the loss.  We’ve grieved other losses...We learn from each of these experiences, seeing first-hand what incredibly difficult work grief is and how irrevocable is this parting."   


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Author Jeanne Safer has written seven books, including Death Benefits:  How Losing a Parent Can Change an Adult’s Life—for the Better. On processing the death of one’s parents in later life, she said,  “You really want to see who they are independent of you because that gives you a three dimensional view of them which in a certain sense we can only have when we are not looking directly in their eyes anymore.”   In short, she says, we continue our relationship with our parents even after they are gone.

JoAnn Schuch

In his last months, JoAnn Shuch's father shared with her aspects of his life that he had never shared with anyone before.  She served as his last witness.  

Join us as we continue our exploration on losing a parent in later life. 

 


"There's a whole psychic readjustment to being on this earth without that parent being alive," Alexandra Kennedy, author of Losing a Parent - Passage to a New Way of Living. "Grief has its own wisdom and it'll take us where we need to go to heal."

Kennedy talks to Chronologically Gifted about how losing a parent later in life is different than losing a parent in your 20s or 30s. 


Considering post-Brexit statements like "Older white people, please die!" and the political volatility of American healthcare, Chronologically Gifted talks to Ashton Applewhite, the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism about age in today's sociopolitical climate.