Experience Talks: Check Out Our Archives

Tune in to Experience Talks, our weekly “Radio Magazine for the Experienced Listener,” on  KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara, 99.5 China Lake, 93.7 N. San Diego, streaming live online and now syndicated on up to 100 Pacifica Network stations! Experience Talks is produced by EngAGE, Inc.

 

Miss the show? You can always hear it as a podcast on the Listen Page of our website! You’ll also find an archive-in-progress of all of our previous shows there for you to enjoy. New shows are usually posted within 48 hours after broadcast.

 


Experience Talks will be preempted for special programming by KPFK-FM on Sunday, 4/30. This is a great time to peruse our Audio Archives and catch up on some shows you may have missed! You can search for guests in the alphabetical Previous Guests pages, and you can search for shows by date in the Audio Archives. Here’s a recent good one to get you started:

Teaching Artist T. Mychael Rambo

 

The Artfully Aging Radio Hour is a very special one hour show recorded live in Minneapolis, MN, and broadcast soon after on March 12th on Experience Talks. Click here to read the full story about this exciting endeavor made possible by our supporters, collaborators, and community residents in Minneapolis.

 

 

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Are Old People Beautiful?

Photo by Kevin Simmons
Flickr Creative Commons

An interesting article in the Chicago Tribune exhorts, “Stop telling your friends they’re beautiful — it’s making them sick.”

A new book by Renee Engeln entitled, Beauty Sick: How the Cultural Obsession With Appearance Hurts Girls and Women, “explores the ways we remind women — young and old — that the most important thing they can be is beautiful. ‘Then we pummel them with a standard of beauty they will never meet,’ Engeln, a psychology professor at Northwestern University, writes. ‘After that, when they worry about beauty, we call them superficial.'”

Although concerns about “beauty sickness” usually focus on young girls and women who develop eating disorders and, sometimes, depression, the relentless pressure on women to be beautiful continues throughout life. Anti-aging cosmetics, remedies, and exercise programs are continually foist on women of all ages because getting old is simply not acceptable. It was positively radical when Dove began its “Pro-Age” campaign.

How does this pressure to be beautiful affect older people? Or, perhaps equally significantly, how does it affect how younger people respond to older people?

Are old people beautiful? Does it matter? What do you think?

 

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News from Park Plaza: Yoga Class

Exciting news from EngAGE Program Director Elizabeth Sampson:

Park Plaza in North Hollywood, CA, has a new Yoga Class and it is amazing. Susan Diol started teaching here in late February and it is nothing short of astonishing. I didn’t know how a Yoga Class was going to go over, and I warned Susan that it may be slow to start. Well. When I dropped in on her second class I could not believe my eyes. There was an ocean of eighteen waving, lady-arms, like a field of Siberian willow trees. It was lovely.

Here is what Programs Assistant Tanya Kutukdjian says about the class:

“I am so excited to report about how much the residents are enjoying the new Yoga Class. I have encouraged them many times to join in various classes and become more active and involved. Many times, I would get a smile and a “sure, we will give it a try,” just to please me, but this time, I found out that residents are attending and very much enjoying the yoga classes. As you have noticed from the pictures you shared, the attendance is high, especially for this site. But what is really great to see, is that they have become more positive and outgoing because they were brave enough to step out of their comfort zones. They are so much happier and healthier, and it shows!

“I hope this will encourage their friends to join as well, and motivate all the residents to try the other wonderful classes that are offered at Park Plaza!

“Please let Susan know she is much appreciated.”

And now at the end of her first month, Susan has 33 regular attendees!!

Park Plaza is forever transformed – it is a new day.

~ Elizabeth Sampson, Program Director

 

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News from NoHo SAC: Artists Enjoy “Never Too Late” Reception

The March Art Show kicked off with a lovely reception. Congratulations to the talented artists who enjoyed sharing their work with friends, neighbors, and all who stopped by NoHo SAC. Visitors to The Road on Magnolia Theatre, which shares the lobby gallery area, will also get to enjoy the show while it’s up. ~ Click on the images in the gallery below to enlarge them.

Artists Bert Sanders, Deborah Holzel, Larry Blecha and Caroline McElroy

Photos by Miles Morse

~ Nancy Goodhart, EngAGE C.A.O.

 

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EngAGE Writers Published in Senior Correspondent

Congratulations to EngAGE community resident Gayla Slikas whose story, “Mine Eyes,” has been published in Senior Correspondent. Gayla is also co-author of The Art of Making the Right Decision, and a former strategic planning consultant. She also wrote monthly business columns while in San Francisco and spent time modeling. Currently, she is part of a reader’s theater group and has rekindled her love for writing in a series called “Retired Thoughts.”


Congratulations to EngAGE community resident Michael Hertz who has also been published in Senior Correspondent. His commentaries are “A User-Friendly Health System” and “Ride Sharing.” Michael Hertz was born in 1944 in New York City and graduated from Pomona College in 1967 with a bachelor of arts in economics, and from Harvard Law School in 1970 with a Juris Doctor degree. He worked as a law professor at Dalhousie Faculty of Law, University of Oregon School of Law, and University of Maine School of Law, and practiced law at Coudert Freres in Paris, France, and Lang, Richert & Patch in Fresno, California. He retired from law practice in 2010.


Senior Correspondent features original reporting on U.S. and world news, politics, arts, health, technology, work and more. Through their online magazine, mobile app and social media, older adults are invited to explore their lives, past and present, and to provide in-depth reporting for readers who want the perspective that comes only from experience. Senior Correspondent calls it “a seasoned view of the world.”

 

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AARP “Age Friendly Portland Luncheon” on 5/1

Age Friendly Portland: Building a Community for all Ages 

ECONorthwest, Portland State College of Urban and Public Affairs

EngAGE, and AARP Oregon

would like to invite you to a special conversation and lunch with Bill Thomas, MD, at the Koin Center on Monday, May 1st.

Dr. Thomas, a world renowned geriatrician who’s coming to Portland for other events, has graciously agreed to share some of his thoughts on the development of Age Friendly Cities nationally, and how he sees Portland positioned to be a great leader in this movement. His synthesis of imagination and action led the Wall Street Journal to highlight Dr. Thomas as one of the nation’s “top 10 innovators” changing the future of retirement in America, and US News and World Report to name him as one of “America’s best leaders.”

Please consider joining us for this stimulating and unique opportunity. Attendance is limited. Click here for more information and reservations.

Also on May 1st, Dr. Thomas’ Tour features two distinct “non-fiction theater” events: the paradigm shifting, “Disrupt Dementia,” and Dr. Thomas’ signature show, “Aging: Life’s Most Dangerous Game,” both featuring original music, storytelling, poetry, and groundbreaking insights on aging and care. Please click on this link to attend these events

 

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News from Long Beach Senior Arts Colony: Urban Gardeners

Uma Nicole, Native Angeleno, Certified Master Gardener, Yoga & Meditation Instructor and philanthropist, is dedicated to improving society by creating opportunities that foster stronger cross-cultural and inter-generational connections.  She is pretty handy with power tools, as well as kitchen appliances, and can be found at any given moment, teaching yoga, exploring her passion for gastronomy, or in the garden communing with the earth. Uma truly believes that there has never been a better time to find new and exciting ways that will unify communities with a new paradigm of mindfulness and environmental responsibility. She is currently helping the gardening group from the Long Beach Senior Arts Colony. Learn more here:

Uma Nicole 
Founder and President URBAN COMMUNITY GARDEN COLLECTIVE
Contact:  nicole@ucgc-la.org

~ Helene Weinberg, Program Director

 

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Experience Talks 4/23: Gary Glazner (Alzheimer’s Poetry Project)

Tune in to Experience Talks, our weekly “Radio Magazine for the Experienced Listener,” on  KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara, 99.5 China Lake, 93.7 N. San Diego, streaming live online and now syndicated on up to 100 Pacifica Network stations! Experience Talks is produced by EngAGE, Inc.

 

Miss the show? You can always hear it as a podcast on the Listen Page of our website! You’ll also find an archive-in-progress of all of our previous shows there for you to enjoy. New shows are usually posted within 48 hours after broadcast.


APRIL 23, 2017
GARY GLAZNER
with host DR. CONNIE CORLEY


April is National Poetry Month. Learn more here.


GARY GLAZNER is the Founder and Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project (APP). The APP has been a recipient of numerous awards and has been featured on the PBS News Hour, NBC’s TODAY show, and NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Events have been held by the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project in half of the states in the US and in 4 countries internationally (Australia, Germany, Poland, and S. Korea).

Glazner is the host and co-producer (with New York Memory Center), of the monthly Memory Arts Café, a series of free art events for people living with Alzheimer’s disease, their caregivers, and the general public.

Glazner is also the founder of the Institute for Dementia Education and Arts (IDEA), and he’s a poet who was a key figure in the poetry slam movement. Among his published books are: How to Make a Living as a Poet, How to Make a LIFE as a Poet, and his latest book, Dementia Arts: Celebrating Creativity in Elder Care, is published by Health Professional Press. Gary talks about this book and the amazing stories that unfold in it.


This program is from our 2015 Experience Talks Audio Archives.

 

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News from Long Beach Senior Arts Colony: Fun Fitness Fridays

Spring Training has begun in April with “Fun Fitness Fridays” at LBSAC, in Long Beach, CA. A group of 15 seniors hit the gym with Scott, a personal fitness trainer from Groundwork Fitness in Long Beach. Scott gave individual and group coaching on using the equipment safely and how to work on personalized fitness routines. The residents can hardly wait until next week and vow to use the fitness room on their own between classes.

~ Helene Weinberg, Program Director

 

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Were You Born in 1952? A Complete Guide to Enrolling in Medicare

My Medicare Matters from the National Council on Aging offers this helpful guide to Medicare enrollment. Visit their website for more useful information.

 

 

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