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!

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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."  


Chronologically Gifted: Cathi Hanauer on Women and Aging

Mar 9, 2017
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. 

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."

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.